Here’s what I looked like this time last year. I know, I know, my hair has been longer and then shorter again and now I look pretty much the same. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be in Pittsburgh by now, but then I wasn’t completely sure where I’d be.
Then the polar vortex tried to keep me from getting to LA for training. But I had just upgraded to a smart phone and a leather jacket. So I was pretty much above it all.
I had some leisure time in LA and it made me wonder why people live in such cold, miserable places. And it took me pretty much all of my travels in 2014 to finish.
And of course, got to hang with some of my favorites at training AND the NAHA shoot for the Wella team.
And my face was still in the hair mags.
And I got my fair share of travels in with the sweetie.
Including Spain & Portugal where we split our time between me doing hair and the both of us chilling hard. Best week of the year, for sure.
The bonus was having friends to come back to.
I did some cool hair and some cool photo shoots:
^Including my Trend Vision entry, which only made it to the Semi-Finals, but I was still very proud of it and had a great time at the competition!
Said goodbye to my Pittsburgh salon.
Then we moved to Ohio for a few months and hung out with these guys.
Worked a bunch of weddings.
Had the time of my life in NY with the Sebastian Team.
INCLUDING, my dream of working NYFW.
Then Richard lost his passport and found it again right before we left for Canada.
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That one time we realized we couldn't find Richard's passport at midnight of the day that we were supposed to begin our drive to Canada and we gutted our room and Richard pulled on his hair until it got twice as tall and we drove four hours to our storage unit in another state…. And here it is #relief #18hourslater
Then I fulfilled another dream and took classes at the Sassoon Academy in Toronto.
We drove around more and did more hair stuff.
I did my last cut and color in Pittsburgh.
And said one of my saddest goodbyes… my partner in crime Megan Gardner.
Then we packed up, made some videos and moved to Texas.
Then I started work at my dream job. And it’s truly been amazing.
And last but not least, we got to see my family one more time in 2014. Despite SFOI trying to keep us from them, we made it home for Christmas.
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This year was my first Christmas back in Oregon since my grandpa passed on Christmas morning four years ago. My nephew Andrew in the blue polo has his smile and is chilling hard like the perfect mini-grandpa. He, and most of these small people, weren't even alive four years ago. Life.
Overall, we’ve had so many crazy adventures this year. We both feel so lucky to have each other and to have this crazy life of ours. I love my job now as much as ever and it is an amazing feeling… to love what you do all day and then love the person you come home to. Can’t wait for more competitions and more challenges and of course more travels. Oh yeah, and karaoke….