New Year’s Eve is here and I find it to be the greatest time to look back on all the awesome things that I did throughout the year. That’s easy for me because, frankly, I’ve had a pretty awesome year.
That’s not to say I haven’t had my share of horrible, unbearable, I-want-to-forget-it-ever-happened kind of years. I’ve had my share of years where the best thing about them is the fact that I won’t have to relive them again. But from those tough years I discovered that I have this intense resiliency inside me keeping me pulled together when things are terrible. I somehow manage to get up, dust myself off, and say that things could always be worse, that these experiences only prove to make me more formidable, not weaker.
I’m optimistic about 2015. I have a good feeling about it. And even if it turns out to be one of those terrible years then at least I know that I’ll come out the other end stronger.
I don’t know how I suddenly spun having a thumbs-up, totally awesome, look-at-me-go! year into a tale of resilience in the face of adversity but there you have it. And before I let this all get too heavy, here is the recap of my thumbs-up, totally awesome, look-at-me-go! year in 2014.
My 2014 Favourite Posts
Most of my posts this year were content curated by me and posted on my (mostly) weekly Links for a Sunday Morning, which have been popular.
As for original content, these are just a few of my favourite posts that I wrote this year for their content or humour or both.
Getting Caught up in the Visuals
Your friendly reminder to stop thinking of yoga as a sport for lithe white female contortionists. “This idea needs push back.“
Things I Learned from 30 Days of Backbends
With such wisdom as: “Some days you just shouldn’t do a backbend”.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Beer Store
Note to self, make more frequent trips so as not to look like an alcoholic.
Hollaback Street Harassment Video
The number of men who have approached me sympathetically after I posted this was astonishing. Thank you.
My Favourite Recipes
Two of my favourite dishes that I posted about this year.
Mustard Sole with Lentils
Perfectly balancing protein, carbs, and fat this recipe is delicious (thank you, butter) and so easy that it regularly pops up on my weekly menu.
Swedish Tea Ring
The cinnamon bun, perfected. Thank you, Sweden. (Or, I should say, tack Sverige)
Things that I happened to achieve in 2014. Some were goals, some were happenstance, and some were inevitable.
I turned 29 and lived to tell the tale.
I meditated with Zen Buddhist monks.
I fed a monkey.
I bench pressed my body weight.
I got naked in front of other women without feeling totally ashamed.
I completed Prenatal Yoga teacher training.
I was Teacher of the Month at Breathe Pilates & Fitness Studio.
I landed myself in Yoga Journal.
I also landed myself in The Windsor Star.