I've got a great feeling about 2015. Since 2012, also known as the Worst Year Ever, things have been looking up slowly but surely. 2013 was alright and 2014 was pretty great, so if this trend continues 2015 is sure to be even better.
To welcome a new year, I met up with friends old and new to celebrate at a classic house party. Who needs expensive cover and overcrowded bars when you've got good food, good friends, and a big loft to dance in?
Another great thing about house parties is that you've got plenty of space to have a silly end-of-year photo shoot with your friends. And it's doubly fun when one of your friends is a professional photographer! These candid photos are by Ally Petruck of True Believer Productions.
To commemorate the moment and inspire ourselves for the coming year, guests measured their heights against the wall and wrote their names next to it with a new year's resolution. Now the wall will be there all year to remind us of our goals!
The resolutions featured everything from "make art" to "self-love", "ride a horse", and "be meaner". My main resolution this year is to be healthy. In the long wake of the Worst Year Ever, I've really neglected some important things like healthy sleeping habits and regular exercise. It's a pretty cliché resolution to promise to start hitting the gym, but I want to strive for a more all-encompasing mental and physical well-being. It's time to get focused on the next phase of my career and eliminate unneccesarry stress. In practical terms, I'm going to readopt regular yoga practice and try my hand at learning to meditate. This is also the year that I figure out a healthier balance between the work I love, the work that pays, and the time to not work at all.
Along those lines… you can expect 2015 to bring a couple small changes to the blog. "What's Up Toronto" and "Cardinal Points" are going to become monthly features instead of weekly features. The time and energy it takes to pump out two weekly features takes my focus away from writing the unique blog posts I love most and trying to keep up with it all is taking too much time away from my other writing projects. I'll still be posting here regularly multiple times a week, and, as always, if you've got a project, product, or passion that you'd like to see featured on the blog you can contact me here.
Here's my record of the last ten seconds of 2014… Some may say that nothing much changes when that clock counts down, but I think New Year's Eve gives us a great chance to reflect on where we've been and dream about where we will go. So...
… Happy New Year! May 2015 bring you many adventures!