My Kickass Moments of 2014

Following my travel-heavy 2014 review, I was ready to start writing about my three words for 2015 but felt there was something missing. You see, 2014 definitely took me to places (even if I didn’t get to immerse in almost ay of them) – but I also did lots of other pretty cool stuff last year that I didn’t want to leave out. So, without further ado – my kickass moments of 2014!

Kickass moment #1: watching the sun rise from the highest peak in Spain

Sunrise from the highest peak in Spain (Teide, Tenerife)

Probably my proudest moment of 2014 – this challenging hike up a dormant volcano including a 500 meter elevation completed at night / dusk to reach the peak on time for a spectacular sun rise.

Kickass moment #2: turning 30 without experiencing a mental breakdown 

I never thought that turning 30 would be a big deal, so I was surprised to hear the stories from friends and colleagues that met the textbook-kind of anxiety. Why should 30 be such a turning point? Sure, I don’t own a house, I don’t have a mortgage, I’m not married nor do I have kids. But hey, assuming that this is where my life should be at 30 is so passé anyway!

Kickass moment #3: winning a team award for a tremendously successful roadshow

St Paul's Cathedral, London

On my last day in the office before my winter holidays, the company awards were granted to those teams that delivered the most impressive projects. This year, we won a company award for making history: we delivered the largest financial roadshow in history – I’m damn proud of our team!

Kickass moment #4: forming a new habit 

Creating a habit takes a lot of time and perseverance.  I haven’t yet managed to create a habit of exercising in the morning (I am not sure I’ll ever be able to make a habit out of it), but I’ve formed a new habit, and it’s here to stay: I wake up early enough to prepare and have a nutritious breakfast at home before my commute from hell (granted – it feels a bit less hell when I’ve had a good breakfast and some strong coffee).

Kickass moment #5: saving more money than I had intended to without giving up fun

The Power of Summer - Outdoor Cinema, London

Do you know what’s the most difficult thing to do in London? It’s not finding a nice flat. It’s not commuting in rush hour. It’s not even trying to find a Christmas gift in Covent Garden the weekend before Christmas day. It’s saving money. The city is a money sucking machine – everything screams come in here and spend your cash! (Or does it only scream this at me?). Anyway, I’m proud of having been able to save money for the first time since 2011 – while still eating healthy and having fun!

Kickass moment #6: navigating through Gatwick and Heathrow airports in record times

At this time, I’m fairly certain that I can navigate through both airports as well as I do through my own neighbourhood. I’m close to becoming the female version of George Clooney in Up in the Air (I do avoid queues with kids or obvious holidayers!).

Kickass moment #7: still having what it takes to party like a Spaniard

sunsets in Formentera, Spain

England and Spain couldn’t be any more different when it comes to the social scene. In London, I pop down to the pub in the afternoon and will most likely be at home asleep by midnight. In Madrid (or anywhere else in Spain, really)? Not so much. In fact, the night is just getting started at midnight. Last summer I may have turned 30, but I was (and still am!) still fit to party all night like a Spaniard!

Which have been some of your kickass moments of 2014?


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11 thoughts on “My Kickass Moments of 2014

  1. Sounds like a pretty successful year, especially saving money in London….hats off to you!
    Great idea for a post, I’m starting with #1 kickass moment of 2015 – take a year off work and buy a one way flight somewhere

  2. Lots of kickarse moments for me in 2014 – I started the year with the hastag #making2014awesome …. and I think I did a pretty good job.. Visited London again (I live in Australia so not an easy or cheap thing to do), met not one but six of my favourite actors, meeting my favourite band, seeing my favourite singer in concert (Robbie Williams, so again doesn’t happen that often!) and spending time with my gorgeous young nieces… yeah I think that’s it 🙂

    Here’s hoping for another awesome year in 2015 🙂

  3. Definitely a kick ass moment to save money in this city! I’ve also been able to do that in 2014 so I shall pat myself on the back now. Great review post.

  4. That’s pretty awesome of you, reminiscing happened last year or probably reflecting what happened is actually great, not only to analyze what you accomplished but to continue moving on and maintain the same spirit, keep it up!!!

  5. Sounds like you had a great year! My 2014 was full of different things. New house, new puppy, new baby, and of course, starting up serious photography. I didn’t do much partying though, naturally. Maybe I’ll do that a couple of times this year. And yes, made it to 30 years old with no major meltdowns! Woot!

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