Say what?! Another year is done. This year, I turned the big 2-5 and ensured that it would be a year to become a bit sassier [in the best way possible] and take more time to be more selfish. My 2014 New Year’s resolution was to choose to grow more as a person. And while it’s inevitable that we mature and “grow up,” I took the time to really invest in the things that would ensure growth. Mentally. Since physically, we all know that just ain’t happenin’.
Some “big” things for Ms. Boyd:
I left my carriage house to live closer downtown. And I love my place.
On May 16, the Hiatt Service Day event I coordinated allowed for over 600 students to participate in giving back to their community. We launched the community garden, planted flowers, cleaned up trash and wrote letters to troops. The next day, we hosted The Water Ride (my event baby), a bicycle ride to support clean water efforts in partnership with The Move Project. We raised enough money to help support a well in Ghana. It was quite the weekend.
I was featured in Juice in the “Get to Know” section.
Iowa State University accepted me to grad school for community development. All online. Nothing in my life changes except my amount of free time.
Lizette became my “little sis” through Big Brothers Big Sisters. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her and her family over the year. She is absolutely the sweetest.
Three grants I wrote got funded, so I got to help launch some extremely meaningful projects in the neighborhoods I work in.
I went redhead on the world. Yeehaw.
On November 21, I turned 25. And I celebrated with family in Arizona. The week before, my coworkers created a beautiful space at our office & then I invited literally all of Facebook because I wanted everyone there.
There were times where I felt like a total mess. And I blogged about it.
I got my 200-hour yoga certification in August and started teaching yoga at Power Life Yoga and Aspen Athletics shortly after. Holla!
Viva East Bank! launched on August 22. This is a movement… an effort to collectively, holistically revitalize our under-served neighborhoods in Des Moines. #joblove
On December 18, we celebrated the holidays by inviting tons of people from the neighborhoods I work in to a holiday party. 450 people came & we had tons of students and community volunteers come to support.
Quote below is a fabulous summary of the Emily mind:
“I am the girl who prefers to spend her Friday night curled up with her pillow, reading a good novel, and I am also the girl who likes to go out on a Saturday night and dance until the DJ plays his last song. I am the girl who wants to wear beat up converses and an oversized sweatshirt, and I am also the girl who who owns over sixty dresses and too many shoes to count. Why did it become okay to say one is better than the other? Because I am all of that.” – Ming D. Liu
- Los Angeles for a training & to see my friends of course. I learned all about community building and then went to a stand up comedy show, explored with B, ate tons of amazing food with Beth & Lynn, took a day trip to Pasadena and saw a handful of famous people at an art show. 🙂
- Dallas for a girls weekend with Sophie & Taylor. It was also the same weekend the fire happened downtown Des Moines.
- New York City with Morgan for a repeat of our 2010 trip, but summer edition. This crazy girl and I had such a great time.
- Washington DC for a training and seeing fantastic people who make my heart swell.
- Some other fun trips: Louisville for training, Minneapolis for multiple occasions, several mini trips for summer weddings, Galena, Arizona for the birthday weekend (and to see gramps).
- I am a red & white wine lover.
- Oh yeah, an IPA is also something I’m a fan of.
- Quitting sugar is like, really sucky.
- The hair wand. Twist that hair and see curls for days.
- Aimee, in the East Village is my favorite store.
- I am totally capable of planting/assembling flowers, but keeping them alive is a completely different story.
- The Fault in Our Stars is a book that will emotionally destroy you.
- I have the best job in the world.
- Actions always, always, always speak louder than words.
- Sex and the City can and will suck you in.
- Taking time to be selfish ends up serving YOU better and the people around you.
- You’ll never know if you never ask!
- theSkimm is one of my favorite reads in the morning.
- Urban Ambassadors is a pretty cool group of people & I like helping with their events.
- Eating Paleo does make me feel super, but it’s just so hard to have the sort of self-control. #sigh
- My tolerance for jerks is getting lower and lower.
- Leaving people hanging is not cool.
- If there is country music and a dance floor, the chances of me attempting to take over are extremely high.
- Speaking on a mega bus and using an intercom system at a school is somewhat awkward, but I can check it off my list of things I’ve done.
Live music I saw:
Karmin, Matt Nathanson (met him, too!), Needtobreathe, Lady Antebellum, Johnnyswim, Brantley Gilbert
This is simply a glimpse of life in 2014. I am so beyond thankful for the life I have in Des Moines. I am surrounded by incredible family and friends. Like I said last year, every year continues to get better and better. If I could repeat this year, I would. Easily. Thanks to all who made it remarkable. <3<3<3
Love, Emily & the cats