WARNING: This is a long post, and I have no problem with that. (: This is the last week of the 2014 Review Extravaganza I have been participating in. I have to admit, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.. As some of you may know, I didn’t start blogging until October, so months January-September I was just re-capping stuff I did throughout the year. (Thanks to Facebook, I was able to easily remember what I was up to in the previous months.) It was pretty fun to go back on my Facebook timeline and see what I was doing, posting about & taking photos of. I haven’t blogged much over the last two months, so there isn’t a lot of blogging related things to talk about in this review. But that’s okay. (: Be prepared for a lot of Jeep related photos to come, because I did a lot of that. I will not apologize, though, because this is my blog & I’ll post what I want!
I’m not sure when I took this photo in October, but it’s definitely one of my favorites. I’ve written before about how much I love Holy Jim canyon & that I would probably go crazy without it. Fall is ABSOLUTELY my favorite time to be back there. The leaves are bright orange & there’s lots of mud. (:
In October I wrote THIS POST titled “When In Doubt, Dance It Out.” It was pretty much me rambling about love, my crappy dating life, and what I do to get myself out of a bad mood. But for some reason, it was slightly popular.
Whenever you are feeling alone, I suggest posting something like this on Facebook. It amazes me just how many people will step up & say something nice & encouraging. For whatever lame reason, I was having a pretty rough night when I posted this. I was actually hanging out at the bar. I don’t remember why I was sad or needed a hug, but I needed one. I think hugs are incredibly underrated, and as a society, we should hug more often. So I posted this. As you can see, a bunch of my friends commented on it. The comments you can’t see, (there’s 7 more up there) are much like the ones that are in this screen cap. Minutes after I posted it, I walked up to the bar to order another drink. I was standing right next to my friend David, who was on his phone. I really wasn’t paying attention, and what seemed to be pretty random, he threw his arms around me. Not gonna lie, I was a little confused at first. Turned out, he had literally just seen my post, as I was standing next to him, and he hugged me. It was one of the sweetest moments of our friendship. (Don’t tell him I said that, though.)
November 24th, I gave to you 5 Things You Might Not Know About Facebook. I still stand by them.
November was the month of JEEPS! I took this gorgeous photo in Cleghorn. (In case you are wondering, the trail is in San Bernardino, off the 15 & the 138.) So, some of you know that I started a Jeep group called Jeeps of SoCal. We’re on Facebook & Instagram and everywhere else on the internet. The meet & greets I plan are pretty well thought out and planned weeks ahead of mine. The off-road trips, however, are a little more last minute & random. This one was exactly that. For weeks I had been trying to plan a trip with other people. But my friends always have excuses, or we can never agree on a date or WHATEVER. It’s complicated and annoying. So, I picked the trail, date, time & meet place and put it on our Instagram page. I pretty much said, this is where I am going to be, I’m hitting the trail by 10:30, everyone is invited. I talked to one guy who said he would definitely be there, and he was bringing a friend. I said cool, see ya there. I had a few other people comment on the photo on Instagram and say they would be there as well, but no actual conversations about the trip took place. I thought at best, a few other people show up and that’s good enough for me. The Jeep community once again blew my expectations out of the water – we had at LEAST 18 Jeeps show up that morning. By the way, I had never met any of these people. The guy that I had talked to before the trip assured me that he would have my back throughout the day, because I’m not nearly as experienced as every one else that showed up that day. That was incredibly comforting, considering this whole trip was out of my comfort zone. I HAD A BLAST THOUGH. It was my second favorite trip this year. I did about 80% of the obstacles on the trail, completely alone, no man riding shot gun telling me where to place my tires, and I only needed to be spotted twice. One of those times I’m convinced I almost died. Anyway – it was an epic trip and here’s some more photos from that day because I had so much fun.
That’s the picture of me almost dying. It was a terrifying moment, even if most of my Jeep friends say it doesn’t look that bad.. It was scary. And amazing.
November 8th I had another very successful Jeep meet & greet, held at Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach. There aren’t very many exciting pictures from that day, though. I won’t bore you with all the parking lot Jeep photos. 😉
**Random side not here.. Most of November & December was pretty boring for me. I’ll probably talk about that at some point on the blog, but I won’t get into the details now. That’s why there’s really nothing between the beginning of November and the end of December.**
December 9th, I wrote THIS POST celebrating my two years of being anti-depressant free!
My dad did this on Christmas morning. We do have a fireplace in the house, but the Christmas tree was in another room. So my mom put out the stockings like this, and my dad found that fireplace thing on Netflix.
Eventually, we got my entire family in the same house. (Immediate family, at least) My parents, two sisters, my brother, my Grandma, brother’s fiancé, sister’s boyfriend and my adorable niece. It wasn’t this crowded for very long on Christmas day, but I enjoyed every second of it. (:
December 28th was my second day back in the real world, so OF COURSE I had to get out to Holy Jim. My sister bought her brand new 2015 Chevy Colorado a few weeks prior, and despite almost crying whenever it gets dirty, she did it anyway. Her truck makes my Jeep look TINY. It was cold and pretty out there, and even though it hadn’t rained in a while, still a little wet. How gorgeous do our vehicles look together, by the way?
I plan to end my year at the bar, where I usually spend New Years Eve.. With the people I call my friends, plus my sister & her boyfriend. It’s not a very exciting night, but it’s something I enjoy. Overall, 2014 was a pretty damn good year, and I’m absolutely looking forward to 2015! (More on that later.) Hope you all had a wonderful year, as well.