Welp, the time has come for my favorite blog post to write — and it’s sort of hard to believe I’ve been doing this for 5 years now. If you want to compulsively follow my previous mash-ups of the years past, check out:
I love a good pop song and also reminiscing about the past year, so here’s my overview of the year with one song that illustrates the month for me for one reason or another — sometimes the significance goes beyond “I like playing this song in my spin class” and sometimes that’s all there is to it. Also, you should listen to this year’s DJ Earworm track, United State of Pop 2014 – Do What You Wanna Do.
2014 had a lot of milestone events, but it was also filled with a lot of different transitions. Normally I am sad for years to end — and while this was a great one, I am stoked for the fresh start (and fewer transitions) that 2015 will bring.
January – Type of Way (Rich Homie Quan)
What can I say, I loved playing this song throughout all of 2014 in spin, workouts, and just whenever. January was mostly filled with marathon training and kicking off my final semester of law school, but I also spent New Year’s in SF and went on a gorgeous run on New Year’s day through the Presidio and the Marina. At the end of the month, I celebrated my birthday with a little dive-bar action at King Eddy’s Saloon. I loved combining people from all facets of my life — law school, high school, my family, undergrad, gym buddies, and my running group. This year’s fiesta has a lot to live up to.
February – Drunk in Love (Kanye Remix)
This song more or less became somewhat of an anthem for me — well, actually just the mostly-profane Kanye intro. My life motto may or may not be the following: “know them haters talkin, always had us very wary/Yup! On the 35th of Nevuary.” #TeamYeezy
February was pretty low-key, I got in a long 20-miler pre-LA Marathon (on a Monday, before my school day began, no less). I also partnered with Thirty48 to test out some socks and compression. Otherwise, I was busy with school, and took some fun classes my final semester (Reality TV – yes that is a class, and Sports Law) as well as some that proved crucial for the bar and beyond (Remedies, Business Associations – THANK GOD I took Biz Ass).
This song will always remind me of the first mile of the LA Marathon, heading out of Dodger Stadium onto Sunset Blvd. I spent the first week of March nervously fretting over what I had built up to be a huge race — I was more nervous for this than for any of the three days of the bar exam. #nojoke. While I didn’t BQ in March, I had an incredible and memorable race and my parents were the best spectators. I also got to meet Ryan Hall thanks to Asics. Post-marathon, I hobbled around for about a week, went to law school prom, and made the big girl move to my own apartment.
April – #SELFIE (The Chainsmokers)
The question heard ’round the world this spring was: XXPro, or Valencia? This song was integral to my Ragnar experience (a highlight from 2014, for sure) as well as #WESTWeekend (labeled that because my best friend’s initials are W.E.S.T. and her two college best friends and I kidnapped her for a weekend of beer and (mildly) bad decisions in San Diego). So fun. I also finished my last law school classes and made some blog progress by attending a fitness event with Lorna Jane + Sweat Pink in Santa Monica as well as FitTrends event with Jamba Juice and Venus Williams.
May had lots of little awesome moments — I saw my sweet high school friend Kelsey get married, studied and took my final finals, graduated from law school (still weird), and then immediately started studying for the bar exam, literally the next day. I also ran the #LiveUltimate “Quarter Marathon” and got to rub elbows with Ryan Hall yet again. I also started a pretty intense Paleo challenge, and lived to tell about it.
June – Fancy (Iggy Azalea)
So June may have actually been the opposite of fancy — aside from a fun Father’s Day brunch (with my Dad, surprise surprise) and a 10k supporting the Midnight Mission, June was pretty regimented with bar study. “Me time” consisted of morning work outs and the occasional (okay, incessant) social media binge.
July – Rather Be (Clean Bandit)
This song LITERALLY was my anthem the month of July. I mean I listened to it every morning before bar prep, as a break in between practice essays or MBE sets, and again at night. Whatever works, right? Besides studying like a crazy person, I ran a fun 5k in Redondo Beach on July 4th, and enjoyed a total break from studying the rest of the day with a little day-drinking action. I also joined some blog buddies for the Griffith Park Marathon Relay, which was an awesome experience. The last three days were spent bar-ing. While I would NEVER want to do it again, the exam itself was not nearly as bad as it could have been, and the lunch breaks alongside the hotel’s pool weren’t so bad.
August – Believe Me (Lil Wayne f/ Drake)
Not sure why I like this song so much. Must be the lyric “diamonds on my roly face/cannot be exfoliated.” August was awesome. I spent a week relaxing and doing outdoorsy things in Turks & Caicos with my bar studdy buddy, Aviva. I joined the rest of my fam for a staycation in Hermosa Beach, and I tried to do one fun thing a day in DTLA — this included kayaking, beaching it, going out, etc.
September – I Mean It (G-Easy f/ Remo)
September was a pretty big transitional month — I started working at a law firm! I also kicked off the end of my “summer” with a short stint to the Bay Area with Whitney to see the Cal home opener and to see my Aunt and Uncle. We dragged my uncle to Henry’s — he loved it — and he took us to Cal players’ post-game BBQ, thanks to his awesome connections. So fun. I spent the month slowly adjusting to work — lots of trainings and small assignments.
October – Tuesday (Makonnen f/Drake)
Um, short of my body manifesting stress in literally every way possible, October was incredible. The highlight by far was my experience at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. I’d done this race twice before, but this weekend was pure magic. From getting to run the day before with Shalane Flanagan and Joan Benoit Samuelson (and then seeing them again mid-race), to the brunch I attended c/o @NikeLA, to the unexpected PR, this race goes down as my favorite, ever. The rest of the weekend was great, too — I got to work out of my firm’s SF office, saw old college friends, and attended the Cal game vs. UCLA with my uncle, Dad, and some of my best friends from college.
Also in October, I ran #RnRLA with #DTLARunning. Not a PR, but a fun local event with my favs through my city. Obviously “Tuesday” was on the playlist for both races.
November – Blank Space (Taylor Swift)
I hate that I love a Taylor Swift song, but I love this. Whoops. The first three weeks of November were spent nervously anticipating bar results (I passed, in case you’re new here). I also spent some time at home over Thanksgiving weekend, saw my hometown favs and ran a Turkey Trot with my mom, and hit up the Malibu Soul-Cycle (meh). I felt like November was pretty crazy, but when I look back on it, I mostly worked, saw friends, and worked out…so I think the first three week’s nerves were sorta the focus.
December – Dangerous (David Guetta)
Well, well, well what can I say about December. I got sworn into the CA Bar, which was pretty awesome…and my law school also had a nice breakfast honoring some of us who were inducted into an honor society. I normally don’t love ceremonies, but the swearing in was so nice and I actually enjoyed the speeches. The first weekend kicked-off the month with my firm’s holiday party, and a half marathon the next morning out in Irvine for the #LexusLaceUp series. That same day I flew to Vegas for a quick 24-hour stint. (Still mad we didn’t stay at Light long enough to hear what I am sure would have been the dopest remix of “Tuesday”, ever). December was also home to my very favorite day of the year, the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl in which IPAs were imbibed and a festive time was had by all. Countdown to next year is under way). I also got involved with some interesting assignments at work, and enjoyed some downtime over Christmas with the fam. December was a doozy, but that’s how I like ’em.
Wishing all of you a happy 2015 — looking forward to more guilty pleasures and their accompanying (ridiculous) memories in the year to come!