At the risk of sounding clichéd, I can’t believe how fast the year has gone… it seems like only weeks ago that I was sitting at home saying the same thing about 2013. This year has been less tumultuous than last, and for the most part I’m sure that’s a good thing. Sure, the high of my little brother’s wedding is something I’d happily take each year, but you can keep all the heartbreak thanks very much.
Overall – and at the risk of hitting you with another cliché – 2014 was about finding myself again. I wouldn’t say that it was necessarily intentional, I think it’s just what happens when you come out of a long term relationship… it can take months to figure out who you are as an individual again. But my god, when it happens – when your perspective changes and you stop feeling so lost – it’s pretty incredible.
It’s been kind of liberating to put myself first for the past 12 months (well, second after Lou really). I had decided 2014 was my year of saying yes – yes to opportunities that I would have previously turned down due to guilt, yes to things that scare me and yes to things that on the surface I may not have considered very ‘me’. And it turns out that saying yes can be a glorious thing – it actually led to some pretty special moments. Here are a few of the more memorable:
Viva Las Vegas
In April I won a trip to Las Vegas through work. For a moment I actually considered not going… what would I do with Lou? How would I fit in the Cosmo shoot? Did I really deserve this? What. An. Idiot. That trip was exactly what I needed. I may not have partied it up quite as hard as the rest of my colleagues, but that just wasn’t the headspace I was in at the time. What I did get to do – which was better than all of the cocktails in the world – was hang out with one of my favourite people, a girl I met 13 years ago while working at a summer camp in the US. For the first time in a decade Em and I got to spend face-to-face time together, laughing, walking, seeing shows, shopping drinking… it was glorious! And then to top it off I flew back home to…
My Cosmo Shoot
Another ridiculously exciting thing that happened this year – I was part of a shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine on the benefits of working out at home – I’m very passionate about making fitness accessible to everyone, so this was pretty damn exciting. The only downside was that the shoot was the day I landed from Vegas – so I literally stepped off the plane, stopped in at home for a shower and then jumped in the car and took off to the shoot (another reason I couldn’t party it up too hard in Vegas). It was an awesome experience, and one I’d definitely love to take part in again at some point.
This was a special date because it marked the 12-month anniversary of our move to Bondi. If 2013 was the year of upheaval, 2014 was the year of adjusting and finding my place in the world. I couldn’t have done it without my seriously amazing family and friends, with a special shout-out to Lou’s auntie (and my lady-husband), who is the best housemate a girl and her dog could ask for. When December 6th rolled around it was nice to share a glass or two of champagne and just be thankful.
The First Lazy Girl Fitness Six-Week Challenge
I’ve been PTing and group training for years, but finally (with a lot of encouragement from family and friends) I decided to take things a step further, with the LGF Six-Week Challenge. The first one kicked off in November and was a huge success, with the girls who committed themselves really reaping the rewards. Sure, it was a bunch of 4.30am starts for me, but it was totally worth it. I am pretty excited wait for the next one to start on January 12!
City 2 Surf
You couldn’t wipe the grin off my face after this year’s C2S. Thanks to my brother as running partner and the hills of Bondi as my training ground, I managed a PB by quite a few minutes, finishing in 63.33. Not a time I would even have dreamt of 12 months previously.
When I first started LGF I made my own logo in Pages using an image I’d taken in Centennial Park. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty awesome. BUT after 12 months or so I decided to enlist the help of a professional, a friend of mine who is also a graphic designer and patient enough to put up with my terrible briefs. The end result was what you see across the site now, and it is THE BEST. I love love love it, and can’t wait to get it plastered across some singlets, my car, maybe written in the sky…. The opportunities are endless.
So that’s me. That’s my 2014 and I wouldn’t have it any other way (well, bar a lottery win). I hope your 2014 was a good one, and that you’re looking towards 2015 with an open heart, an open mind, and a big ol’ grin on your face.
Lots of love Team, see you in the new year!