Instagram Tells All || 2014

Instagram was king in 2014. Well, at least in my life it was. Facebook became an afterthought and Twitter and I have never really clicked. I'm not funny enough for Vine, nor do I care to be sucked into the Tumblr world, even though I know some of the shenanigans there can get pretty hilarious.  I do love Pinterest and would not consider the hours and hours that I have spent scrolling through the humor section to be wasted, but Instagram just has that something special.

According to my Instagram, in 2014, I . . .


 . . . went to the Winter Classic! Several inches of snow, a frozen foot or two, and an unfortunate shootout loss later, I started out 2014 on one of my favorite notes of the year!

. . . made Texas shaped cookies with my cousin from Texas! I found the cookie cutter at my church's rummage sale and knew that it would be perfect for her visit. 


 . . . took the ACT for the first time. 2014 also came with two more of these bundles of joy but I am happy to say that I never have to pick up one of those study books again.
. . . roadtripped to Grand Rapids, MI with my family for a weekend. We watched the Grand Rapids Griffins lose in an embarrassing fashion. 2014 just must not have been our hockey year. 


 . . . ate a paczki for the first time and quickly realized that it is nothing more than a hyped up doughnut.  . . and that I prefer doughnuts.
. . . lost in a school dodgeball tournament.  I'm going to go ahead and be that person that says that winning doesn't matter because it was all about the experience.  Notice that only the losers ever say that. 


 . . . won a contest! I was having a bad day when I got the email from Keds that I had won a free pair of shoes. I nearly cried because I was so excited. Eight months later, I'm still telling people about how I got them for free.  I should probably archive that in the "old news that nobody cares about" file now though.

. . . saw a gorgeous sunrise in my backyard and was once again reminded of the beauty of my Creator. 


 . . . spent what seemed like an entire year with these flashcards that quickly became my most constant companion. Thanks to that though, I earned a college-credit score on the A.P. U.S. History test! I don't look back on this as the finest moment of 2014, however.
. . . had my senior pictures taken by an extremely talented friend on Lake Michigan.  I'm still not budging on my stance that Michigan is the most beautiful state. 


 . . . put holes in my earlobes for the second time after round #1 didn't go so smoothly. I'm happy to report that my ears are still handling it well!

Also, I got a lot of freckles.
. . . road tripped with my family again! But this time, we headed to Chicago and walked more miles in three days then I ever thought possible. 


 . . . spent a little more than a week seeing the finest that Italy has to offer. And let me just say, I was impressed. From Venice, to Florence, to Rome, to Naples, and all the little cities in between, I was not at all disappointed by my first taste of overseas travel.
. . . repeated the overseas adventures in Greece! Another week found me cruising in Grecian isles, chowing down on the most delicious Greek food that I had ever laid taste buds on, and accidentally flushing the toilet paper down the toilet each and every time. 

"Dang it! I forgot again!" was common in my vocabulary. 


. . . left home once again to spend two amazing weeks at camp in Northern Michigan.  Even though Michigan is so gorgeous through and through, Up North wins hands-down. Camp is always one of my favorite parts of the summer and I am always amazed by the ways that I see God working in that place.
. . . was super original and followed every one and their brother and their neighbor and their niece and raised awareness for ALS by subjecting myself to not only one, but thanks to scheming little sister antics, two buckets of ice cold water. 


 . . . screamed myself hoarse in the student section for the very last time at a high school homecoming game.  It must have worked because we walked away with not only a homecoming victory, but with a big rivalry win and a huge knight trophy affectionately dubbed Rusty.
. . . tortured myself daily ran my very last cross country season.  Even though there was many a time that I hated every single second that I spent moving at a pace faster than a stroll, I really do miss this craziness. 


 . . . got some really exciting news back! After anxiously checking my application status nearly every day for two months, I was notified that I had been accepted to Michigan State!

Even though I now doubt that I will become a MSU Spartan, at the time it was the best news in the world.
. . . welcomed hockey season back. Opening day could not come fast enough. Go Wings! 


 . . . discovered my inner chef and whipped up some delicious butternut squash soup with apples and onions. It smelled so amazing and I only melted one blender in the process! Winning!
. . . explored the million volumes of books housed in Detroit's John K. King Bookstore. Four whole warehouse floors are lined with musty and dark aisles and aisles and aisles filled to the brim with books of every size, age, and subject. It's definitely one of the hidden jewels of Detroit. 


 . . . dropped my jaw at the beauty of this sunset. What's even cooler is that I took this picture through the window of a moving car and it still amazes me every time I see it.
. . . was surprised with a trip to Boston by my parents! I've been wanting to visit for a long time and my mom and dad made it happen while the Red Wings were in Beantown.  One embarrassing loss later made me glad that this city holds so much charm and history that the trip wasn't wasted. I would absolutely love to go back and eat more Boston Cream Pie see everything that we didn't get to.

2014 and I had our ups and downs, some bigger than others, but all-in-all, I had the most amazing year of my life. I traveled more and farther than I ever have before. I grew as a person.  I found some new interests and passions.  I met incredible people. I read good books.  I was inspired.  I learned. 

2015 has been a year that has been attached to my identity ever since I was born. Class of 2015.  I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me this year and how I can use all that happened in '14 to make '15 great. 

Now I better get started Instagramming 2015! 
Allison out. 


  1. Great post, Allison! And congrats on getting into MSU! :D The college hunt is still ongoing for me, but I'm trying not to stress too much. I love the variety of pictures you take, too :) Can't wait to read more interesting blog posts from you this year!

  2. It looks like you had such an incredible year!! I bet you had so much fun on your cruise. I'd love to take a trip like that to multiple countries. And congrats on getting into MSU!

  3. 2014 definitely was fun! And the Greek island cruise was definitely one of my favorite parts. Everything was so, so gorgeous! And it was cool to go to multiple countries within the same trip because I could really distinguish differences in the cultures which was neat. And thank you! :)

  4. Thank you! And good luck on your own college search! You still have some time!

  5. Instagram is so fun! Facebook definitely was ignored here, too. And thank you! 2015 has been good for these first 5 days, so I'm hoping that continues! :) And I'm still deciding on my top choices, but it looks like I'll be staying in Michigan for school . . . no matter how enticing the Florida State mail looks. :)


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