Before the year ends, I’m going to take a minute or 10 (if you read slowly) to reflect at how 2014 unfolded.
(P.S. there is absolutely nothing wrong if you read slow. It just let’s me know you are totally letting each. and. every. single. word. I. write. sink. in. – so for that, thank you!)
How should I summarize 2014? Hmm, how about I break it down in accordance to the core of my blog: “A California wife and mom inspired by fashion, family adventures, and coastal living.”
Fashion: is still very much a part of my life and since getting pregnant in June, I’ve had to become a bit more creative in styling myself. But hey, it’s a challenge I welcomed :).
Although my blog has greatly evolved from its initiation in 2011, where it was heavily fashion driven, I still include stylish posts. This year I incorporated a new series, “Where to? Where this?” and although I haven’t written one of them lately (been too busy sharing my personal family adventures), the WTWT posts are still one of my favorites to create.
Family Adventures: With our feet firmly planted in Santa Barbara, we enjoyed exploring our town at length. Living within eye sight of the water, we often ventured to the beach for walks and to search for shells. I’ve since built a pretty extensive collection of seashells totally worth a pat on the back for. Looking back at the year, we are also fortunate to have made many friends whom we shared weekly playdates with. Over the summer I invited our friends to celebrate our son’s 2nd birthday. When family came into town to visit, we made sure to introduce them to some of our favorite Santa Barbara hiking spots: a Monarch Butterfly preserve and a local Harbor Seal sanctuary.
Just a short drive away, we explored the famous Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo and continued to take trips to our old stomping grounds of Orange County– one specific trip being to Disneyland; a first for Harrison.
Several trips outside of California included Colorado for a ski trip. I honestly find great irony in wanting to travel to see snow. I clearly forgot that snow=cold. Then in the summer we ventured to Moab, Utah to celebrate my sister’s wedding and to clock in some major hiking mileage per my Strava app. We capped off our fall with a two-week East Coast trip that left us loving the New England lifestyle.
Coastal Living: after years of being admirers of sailing, my husband and I became certified sailors (see Instagram pics here). About the same time we signed up for our course, we found out we were pregnant which made it all the more difficult since I suffered from horrible morning sickness. With the help of anti-vomitting medicine, I stuck through the course and I’ve gotta say, I do love sailing. We have even made it a family affair; and our young Harrison has ventured the open waters with us on several occasions.
As my final post of the year, I have to say thank you to my friends, family, bloggers, and brands that have supported Sincerely Kymberly. It absolutely brings a smile to my face having followers, receive comments, likes, shares, and emails from supportive people. My blog will always be a fun place for me to share my life; and any recognition I get is only topping on the cake :).
Okay, okay; enough sentimental stuff. 2014- you rocked. Over and out.