This Day in History + My Year in Photos

Dates and anniversaries have always had special meaning to me. I think of things, both past and future, in terms of time. It fascinates me to think of what I was doing a year, five years, ten years ago today.

For this reason, I love the Timehop app. I check it first thing in the morning (post email, pre Instagram), and get such a kick out of seeing my day in history.

Today is an anniversary for me, of sorts. One year ago today, November 11th 2013, I started my first job after college – a Marketing Assistant at the Anthropologie home office in Philadelphia.

URBN Headquarters in Philadelphia

Fast forward exactly six months to May 11th, 2014. That’s the day I moved to Austin without a job, an apartment or a plan. So now it’s been six months, and so much has changed.

Life is weird. Time flies, but goes so slowly at the same time. I feel like it was last week that I was starting at Anthro … yet I feel like I’ve lived in Texas FOREVER. What a strange perspective!

My fortune, the night before starting at Anthro.

My fortune, the night before starting at Anthro. So true.

Today, I thought it would be fun to post some other highlights from the past year – perhaps the most uncertain, unorganized one of my life. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing!

IMG_0079Visited my brother in Austin for Thanksgiving ’13, having no idea I would be moving there six months later.

IMG_2656I bought my first car – like a proud mama!

IMG_2780I returned to Ithaca, NY for the first time(s) as an alum, and not a student.

IMG_0242My other post-college job. A barista! I loved working in specialty coffee, and have so much love for the friends I made while working at the cafe.

IMG_0357Christmas 2013 was spent a little differently, this time with my extended family members who we don’t usually see. Though traditions have evolved, I loved this Christmas!

IMG_0632Winter ’13-’14 in Pennsylvania killed my soul. But there were some good times, like this “snow day” spent playing hookie with my best friend.

IMG_0789I also reunited with some college friends for a super fun ski trip this winter. We had an amazing time, even if I am not meant to be a skiier. ; ) (Hi Soph!)

IMG_0838In March, I got to meet my baby cousin Claire, who is so much bigger now.

IMG_1166And after training through the God-awful winter, I successfully ran my first Half Marathon!

IMG_1363When my temporary job at Anthro wrapped up after 6 months, I knew it was time to branch out, take a risk, and go try something new. I had an amazing send-off from my sweet best friends…

IMG_2019And was so excited when they came to Austin to visit me a few months later, on their roadtrip to Arizona.

IMG_2503I accepted my first full-time job as a Marketing Associate at a startup company in Austin, signed a year lease on an apartment with my brother (what up roomie .. it’s temporary, haha) …

IMG_3302… and have been doing my thing in Austin ever since!

Cheers to an interesting year. New experiences, new beginnings, no regrets. Though I love to look back on things I’ve done in the past, I’m just as excited about the future. =)

Your Turn-

  • What are some major highlights from your year? Would you change anything?
  • What are you looking forward to next?
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26 thoughts on “This Day in History + My Year in Photos

  1. Very cool! I have about a 1000 different quotes that remind me how important it is to take crazy risks – but one of my favorites is “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” – so cheers to kicking ass and trying things a lot of 20 somethings would be too afraid to do.

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    • Thanks Georgie! Pinterest is great for that 😉 .. a similar quote is “Life begins outside of your comfort zone.” Pretty damn true for me (and us!) this year, huh? Cheers, girl! Thankful for the exciting things happening for both of us!

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  2. Loved this post! I have only been following you for a couple of months so it was great getting to know a little bit more about your journey!
    That fortune cookie quote couldn’t have described your year any better! It is so true that it is scary!
    This year has been quite low key compared to last year but I loved it because now I am recharged to take 2015 by the reigns!

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  3. Looking back is so much fun. You’ve definitely had an eventful few years. Also, working at Anthro, that sounds like a dream discount come true. 🙂

    This last year, changing teams at work and running my first half marathon were the two most life altering things I’ve done. I’m really looking forward to exploring my hobbies more in the next year. I feel like I finally have good work/life balance.

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    • Oh my gosh, it was discount heaven, haha. And that’s awesome, Kay! I look forward to seeing how that turns out for you! I feel the same way — still getting settled in a new city, new job .. finally getting into a bit more of a routine 🙂

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  4. Great post! looks so fun 🙂 thats a great recap…really makes you reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year and how it got you to where you are today.
    Hmm I guess a lot of things have changed for me over the past year, but things are most definitely going to be more different next year, not being in college anymore!

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  5. Emily I LOVE this post. I’ve learned so much about you in just a few minutes 🙂 What an awesome year it’s been. I can’t even tell you how much I believe in New experiences, new beginnings, no regrets”. Here is to a year of adventure and happiness!! Have a great day!

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  6. Hey Emily! I actually had a few questions for you about Austin because my boyfriend and I are making our first vacation trip there for this New Year’s! I tried to find your email address to contact you…but couldn’t find it anywhere?…I tried to click to your About Me page and it keeps taking me back to the home page. I don’t’ know if it’s just me from my end or not, but if you wouldn’t mind sending me an email or perhaps letting me have your email if you wouldn’t mind me getting some advice and insight from you about Austin, I would greatly appreciate it! 🙂

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  7. Stumbled upon your blog because your name is so catchy! 🙂 I love your style of writing! Great post, it’s important to remember the good along with the bad. Good luck in Austin!

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