Guys, 2014 was a big year. Join me as I do a little recap, would ya?
2014 was FULL of change. I remember writing those exact words in my New Years post last year, and boy was I right. Nothing could have prepared me for the eventful year that was ahead of me. In that post I also yearned for clarity and declared it as “my word” for 2014. Let’s see how I did…
First off, I celebrated my one year blogging anniversary! Now I’m approaching two years and couldn’t be more grateful for the friends, projects, challenges, and lessons it has brought.
Then I attended my very first blogging conference. Go Blog Social was a fantastic conference sharing tips for all bloggers — big or small. It was so much fun connecting with other bloggers, talking about our shared interest, and of course, making new friends. I was so excited to hear DIY blogger Erin of House of Earnest speak and she was AMAZING. Not only was her presentation super helpful but she was so genuine and friendly. Mary of The Kitchen Paper was another pal I met and now she’s traveling the world and living in Bali! I can’t wait for the next conference this year.
In May I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in marketing. I didn’t have a full-time offer following graduation so my older sister offered me to come stay with her and her husband in California and help them work on their beauty app. I moved my stuff to my boyfriend’s new house in Iowa and did some quick decorating before I took off for San Francisco. I happened to stumble across a posting for interns wanted on Apartment 34, applied, and got the job! They’re based in SF as well so I was working alongside Erin, Bianca and the rest of the team at Apartment 34 for the summer. I learned so much about what it takes to run a successful blogging business and still can’t believe I had the incredible opportunity. Then in August following my internship, I was offered a dream job to work at POPSUGAR in SF. I was the account coordinator for ShopSense, the affiliate marketing program. I remember when I was still in school I dreamed about living in California and working at POPSUGAR, but I never in a million years thought it would actually happen! It was a blast to work at the fun and innovative company and learn from some of the best.
I didn’t speak much about my time in SF on the blog and there a few reasons why. While it was an experience of a lifetime and dream come true, it was tough being away from family and friends and the simple life in the midwest. I’m actually writing a post about that soon, where I give more details on my life in SF so stay tuned.
In August my blog got a facelift. I worked with a designer to switch over to WordPress from Blogger and do a redesign, but I customized a lot of it myself. It was time-consuming and challenging but so fun to learn a little html and design work. I have a whole page where I share the tools and resources I used to make it happen if you are looking to do a redesign yourself.
And now for the most recent news…
You might have noticed the past tense in the above paragraphs, but I have now moved back to Iowa. It was time to head back to the midwest to be closer to everyone, so right before Christmas I moved back to my boyfriend’s place. The decision to leave was not easy, but I found a great job in Omaha and it just feels right. Decorating the house is back in full force and I couldn’t be more excited to finally get my hands on some real projects. Going months without decorating a home really got me itching to start again. You can expect lots of room updates in the future and eventually a full tour! You can check out all of the decor posts I’ve done for our home so far here.
I haven’t done a personal post in the last few months so I felt like I was only sharing half of what was happening in my life and leaving you in the dark. I was confused at times with what I all had going on in my life, I can only imagine how confusing it was for you to stay caught up, so I hope this helps answer some questions, and if I missed something, just ask! 2014 was a year full of ups and downs but when I look back at it now I found the clarity I was looking for. I’m looking forward to 2015 and a year of less stressful decisions and more courageous actions.
What is one goal you have for 2015?