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This year I...

Monday, December 29, 2014

became a city girl!
got a cozy little place to call my own.

 traveled more than I've ever traveled before.
fell madly in love.
spent more money on photobooth pictures than I want to think about + managed to convince the lead singer of my favorite band to get in a photobooth with me.
 made one of my best purchases ever.
explored oodles of forgotten structures.
dyed my hair a bunch of beautiful colors.
 saw my city from vantage points most will never experience, some high...
and others low...
above photo by Jeff
collected more and more plants.
watched the sun rise in a ghost town in the middle of the desert.
rode a jackalope. 
above photo by Mickey
  ate more macarons than I'll admit to.
saw wild horses for the first time ever.
ran into dinosaurs just about everywhere I traveled. 
made pretty pictures from trash.
picked up a relaxing new hobby.
 rappelled in a cave!
 above photo by Jeff
slept in a wigwam, more than once.
swam in the ocean in February. 
above photo by Mickey.
started to get the hang of night photography.
And oh so much more!
xoxo

For the past few years I've been doing a "This year I..." post. See 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 If you do a "This year I..." post, leave a link in the comments. I'd love to check it out. 

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  1. What a fun post. I wish i had thought to do this as well... One of my goals for next year is to actively take more photos instead of getting nervous and opting out. I used to be so brazen with a camera, I don't know what my problem is. haha. Lovely photos. <3

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    1. Hey, it's not too late to do one! Still a few more days left in the year.
      :)

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  2. LOVE this post!!! beautiful photos & i love reading about all your amazing adventures!! xoxo

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  3. What an exciting year Kaylah! May 2015 hold many more amazing adventures for you. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Happy New Year to you as well! :)

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  4. Looks like you've packed a lot in this year! Great pics :)

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  5. love the recap! Since I am a new reader (and follower) it's nice to look into your year in one post:)

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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  6. I love your 'This Year I...' posts!
    Those city explorations look amazingly fun!
    Here's mine: http://www.magiccatjenny.com/2014/12/this-year-i.html

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  7. Wow, you've done so many cool things. The pictures were amazing,my favorite has to be a tie between the picture of the ghost town and the art made of trash.
    My post - http://irunthenight.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/2014-2015evaluating-previous-year.html

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  8. This just made me want to make a list of all the things I want to do in the new year!

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  9. Looks like you've had a great year :D I love all of those pictures and many things on your list are on my next years bucket list :D I hope that your next year is gonna be even greater than this one :)

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  10. I always adore these posts! What an incredible year! All the best for 2015 x

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  11. Looks like an amazing year :)

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  12. What an amazing year you had! Congrats on so many awesome things.

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  13. I still am madly in love with that map! It looks like you had a pretty amazing year!

    <3
    kimberrleigh

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  14. Looks like 2014 was very good to you. :)
    I'd be so scared of climbing that cave; basically for my fear of the dark and heights. hahah
    Hope the new year is just as good, possibly even better. To more adventures!

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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  15. Beautiful post! I love end-of-the-year wrap-ups (and that nighttime photo is gorgeous!). Hope your 2015 is just as great!

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  16. Your year sounds like it was amazing. I am so glad that you got to do and see so many wonderful things.

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  17. What an exciting year!!! I'm finally going to try night photography soon-I love your fireworks photo! I just posted a "this year I" post that you can check out here: http://ohrocky.blogspot.com/2014/12/this-year-i.html

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    1. Can't wait to see your photos, Mindi! :)

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  18. Wow, this seems like it was your best year yet! I hope your 2015 is just as amazing, if not more, as 2014 was!

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    1. It absolutely was!! Thanks!

      Happy New Year. :)

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  19. Wow what an awesome adventurous year for you! I may do something similar to this!

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  20. I love your year, Kaylah. You did big, brave things. I am completely inspired. I hope 2015 is even better!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Happy New Year!! :)

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  21. Your 2014 seemed fabulous, i wish you 2015 to be as good and even better! You inspired me a post about 2014 in review or all the things I wish will happen in 2015, might do it as soon as I get proper internet :D you are a pretty rad girl, keep going, keep inspiring, keep spreading positivity :D xx

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  22. Thank you for the inspiration. <3 Here's mine! http://risewiththebirds.com/2014/12/30/this-year-i/

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  23. I loved this post, so fun. I decided to do one as well, and the link is below. Note to self, TAKE MORE PHOTOS IN 2015.
    http://sentimentalcynical.blogspot.com/2014/12/this-year-i.html

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    1. Thanks!

      Hah, thats a goal of mine every year. I can just never seem to take enough photos.

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  24. I can't believe you rode a jackalope and all I did was stand next to a dinosaur in a sombrero... clearly I need to get more creative with my photo poses! It didn't even occur to me to hop on any of 'em!

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    1. Hahaha! Well, I mean, I couldn't not get on the jackalope! Guess you better head back to South of the Border! :P

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  25. Congratulations on such a lovely year. I have been following your blog for ages but never commented so hello, and happy (almost) 2015!

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    1. Thank you!! Happy New Year to you as well. :)

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  26. I love everything about this post. I'm so happy to hear that you fell madly in love. I too fell madly in love this year ;)

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  27. I only happened on your blog a little bit ago. I sure am happy I did though! What a beautiful collection you have on this little website! XO and Happy New Year, from Utah!

    Erika Wynn
    PS/ here's my "This year I" http://walkingwithteal.com/2014/12/31/a-2014-photo-montage/

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  28. dang I love this style of year in review post! you had such a good year, it is so different from your previous ones! though I like that every year included "dyed my hair lots of pretty colors".
    I did one too, 2014 was excellent: http://raesock.blogspot.com/2014/12/this-year-i.html

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  29. These are such amazing pictures! It's inspired me to take more pictures for 2015. Happy New Year!!
    - Lillian http://sewoverdressed.blogspot.com.au/

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  30. Seems you had really amazing year! Let's hope the next one will be even better! :) Great shots, I love especially night photos. Do you take night shots with a tripod?

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  31. I'm new here but I love your blog so much! I hope this next year rocks!

    I did one as well <3

    http://rovetheworld.blogspot.com

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  32. You inspired me to write my own 'This year I..' post. http://kirstydarroch.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/this-year-i.html

    Thankyou !

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  33. I compiled a top 10 list of my favorite blog posts of 2014, which is pretty much like "this year I..." http://itsjpei.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/top-10-blog-posts-2014/

    I loved reading about your roadside attraction adventures! Inspired me to road trip more.

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  34. The Honus Honus photobooth! That is epic, how fun

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