2014 has been such a crazy ride- I’m sure some of you will be looking at my year thinking ‘she is ALL over the place!’ because that’s what I’m thinking as I look back on these memories. I wouldn’t have it any other way though- 2014 has been so good to me and has taught me so many lessons at the same time.
So, here’s my 2014 in review:
In 2014, I finished up my last deployment ever and my last year in the military by being stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for 9 months. I learned so much about working with media and fine-tuned my writing, photography, layout and design skills by working on the Wire Magazine for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. As a Public Affairs Sergeant, I got to interview amazing service members and got to take some pretty cool photos on the job too:
When I wasn’t working hard to meet deadlines or rounding up interviews, I spent my time down at the beaches, barbecuing with my coworkers and pushing my exercise limits by running and doing Crossfit.
While I was in Cuba, I was asked by a couple of my coworkers to photograph them with their visiting families. A chance to take some stunning beach portraits? Of course I said yes! Looking back at these makes me miss the beaches and hearing the waves crash so much.
After my deployment, I was sent to my new home, New York City! I’ve visited the city many times before, but now I lived here. Best decision ever. Soon after I moved to the city, I was on a plane again, visiting my mother’s side of the family in Quebec, Canada, and over-indulging in all the Canadian sweets and eats!
Once I finished my trip to Canada, I explored my new life in New York City with my boyfriend, settled in and relaxed.
In 2014, I had so many high moments- like spending a year anniversary with my boyfriend Jay:
But in 2014, I experienced, honestly, the worst day in my life when I lost my father Greg. He will forever be missed, but I am just so thankful that I got to spend 25 years of my life with him and I am so appreciative of how he raised me to be the woman I am today.
With losing a close member of your family, time truly heals and life goes on. I don’t like to dwell on situations that are out of my control, so I dealt with my dad’s passing by learning about what to do when someone close passes on (financially, tax and property wise, closing accounts and estates) and tackling my feelings head on. But, I also invested myself in some truly amazing experiences and projects.
At the end of August, I picked up my camera again (I hadn’t touched it OR my blog for a month and a half after dad’s passing) and had the great opportunity to photograph my friend Stephanie’s wedding! It was such a great and beautiful event and photographing it truly got me motivated to get back into photography and blogging since my dad’s passing.
Also, as a family, we made a unanimous decision to sell dad’s home. We also decided to invest work into the home in order to get it to the selling point it needed to be at- therefore, #MonroeFamilyFlip was born. (THIS is still a work in progress, but changes are being made and we’re almost done!)
These last couple months during fall and early winter, when I haven’t been flipping, I’ve been photographing for more clients:
And hey! Guess what- I’ve also been blogging for about a year now! So, it’s also my blogging anniversary. To think, it all started with me doing a recipe column for the military magazine I wrote for on my last deployment…
So in conclusion, and I say this with complete honesty- I think 2014 has been my favorite year. The only bad thing was loosing my father this summer, but with that I’ve tried to make good things come out of a bad situation. What a crazy year. I’m wondering what 2015 will bring!