Jan 1, 2015

i've come to know that memories were the best things you ever had // 2014 in review.

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if we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting the rest of our lives. 
// lemony snicker //  
january // the new year brought about change, offering a new chance to be brave. the trees blushed and the days were spent exploring northern california's quaint town of capitola. 
february // was spent busily making crafts for st. valentine's and setting up shop.
march // balls were attended, coloring the otherwise slow in-between months. i fell in love, while margins of my journal were filled with poetry.
april // the earth laughed in wildflowers. 
may // milestones were marked. bags were packed. i graduated from high school, hopped on a plane to florida, and college wasn't such a far off dream. afternoons were spent rummaging through antiquing and combing through downtown shops. 
june // my best friend joanna and i frolicked in whimsy, sun-drenched fields of twilight and lavender-scented dreams came true.
july // i was brought to a place where the world stands still amidst wispy pines; and the days were brimming with reunions, late nights, perusing antique shops, strolls in the mountain breeze, and SoCal adventures with my dearest jw. 
august // was a whirlwind with days filled with packing for a trip across the states and preparing for a going away party. the summer slammed shut with star-gazing nights, a beautiful gathering under a canopy of handmade buntings and teary goodbyes. it was an ending of an era and a beginning of a journey. arizona, new mexico, texas, and louisiana flew past my window as we crossed the mississippi to pensacola, florida. 
september // i began my first semester 3000 miles away from home. i learned to spread my wings a bit, juggling papers and projects and speeches whilst earning a new appreciation for home. 
october // my eighteenth year dawned with parcels and letters to spare. i was blessed with the opportunity of meeting up with some delight girls and outings to the sugary beaches. 
november // the seasons were reluctant to change. nonetheless, christmas was in the air and couldn't come soon enough. 
december // christmas break came along. bags were packed. goodbyes were said, and home never felt so warm and inviting. 

i don't want to forget these moments. these moments of being purely, incandescently happy. these memories and stories and adventures. life can be so thrilling at times, one mustn't miss a moment to soak it all in. 

my life has been such a whirlwind of late, i can barely remember who i was or what happened earlier this year. life has changed so drastically in such a short period of time, but it's a good change. for once, i don't fear it. 2014 was the first year i can honestly say was good to me. it was an adventure, an ending and a beginning, full of firsts and lasts, nostalgic, challenging - it was an "out with the old, in with the new" type of year, filled with laughter, tears, and new appreciations for what truly matters in life. 2015 already looks promising with a disneyland trip to wish me off before i tackle another semester in florida, and i'm savoring these last two weeks of being home with people i hold most dear.

what are you looking forward to in 2015? 
postscript // i'm approaching 5 years of blogging this coming year!!! thanks so much for sticking around, dearies. <3 comment-3--="">
p.s.s. collage + post inspired by my lovely friend marcia. do stop by her dear little corner of the blogosphere!
*title lyrics from "old pine" by ben howard.  


  1. ah, m'dear. you are such an inspiration to me, and i am so thankful to have you in the blogosphere. ;) this is so, extremely beautiful; your photographs, your words, you, everything. Happy New Year, darling. i know 2015 will hold many new, exciting & beautiful adventures... hopefully one of those includes me meeting you! ;) i love you so much. xoxo

  2. I love how you compiled your best memories from each month last year!

  3. oh, i'm so happy my scrambled post brought some inspiration. ;) this is just beautiful, grace.
    i hope 2015 brings you the absolute best! (and i also hope that this will finally be the year i get to meet your pretty face. ;) )

  4. I'm glad you had an amazing 2014!

  5. This is so lovely! I adore all of your pictures! I especially love the second to last - the one of you that looks as though it were taken through a window... beautiful. Congrats on college, again! I'm glad it's going well for you!