What a year! I feel so fortunate when I look back at 2014 and think about everything I did. At this time last year, I was gearing up for a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain. I got off to a bit of a rough start in Spain when I lost EVERYTHING on my second day there. It was smooth sailing after that! I was fortunate enough to visit 13 countries and 19 cities while abroad for five months. I still struggle putting into words how amazing my time abroad was… My favorite cities from my trip were Salzburg, Amsterdam, Budapest and Copenhagen (actually, all of Denmark). I can’t wait to go back!
I returned home from Europe in June just in time to see Georgi graduate. I spent the summer in Minnesota nannying for a family in Burnsville and serving at the Flavor. It was a quiet house without Georgi who spent most of the summer at Valparaiso. My parents were definitely my buddies this summer. We did just about everything together haha. Shooting Mormor’s episode of My Grandmother’s Ravioli for the Cooking Channel was a blast. I am so happy with the final product. The production crew did a great job at capturing my grandpa’s personality. And obviously, Mormor was amazing! You can check out a deleted scene here.
I made the transition back to school in Chicago at the end of August. Living in an apartment with two of my best friends has been AHHH-MAZING. We continue to explore the neighborhoods of Chicago and stuff ourselves with Lickity Split. We have had fun decorating our apartment and making it feel like home (I promise I’ll post photos of the apartment ASAP!). I celebrated the big 2-1 this fall in Chicago and took the most epic picture of Georgi on my birthday weekend. Cheers to being legal!
I took a trip to New York City to visit my BFF, Erin, over fall break. I smile every time I think of the two of us running around NYC in the pouring rain. I also had a chance to visit South Bend a couple of times. It is so easy to jump on the South Shore and take it into South Bend on game day. It’s a shame I didn’t go more my first two years at Loyola.
Just like that, another year has come to an end. I always had a feeling 2014 was going to be a good year just based on the number. 14 was my basketball number in high school, so how could a year ending in 14 not be a good one?! I also really like even numbers… 2014 has been so special. I learned so much about myself through my travels and finally started to have an idea of what I want to do after college. I am looking forward to another great year in 2015! I wonder where I’ll be a year from now.. Happy New Year!