Looking Back At 2014


"The past plays such an important role on who you are this minute, this second. By all means, it may not dictate who you can be. But, it will be faulty to say that it doesn't impact you. Needless to say, 2014 has been a quite a memorable year for me. I have been pushed to limits I never knew I even possessed, crossed lines that I didn't know existed, and lost and found friendship in some of the most unexpected places."






Cropped Turtleneck - Misguided // Plaid Skirted - DIY (similar here) // Booties - Zara (on sale)

The past plays such an important role on who you are this minute, this second. By all means, it may not dictate who you can be. But, it will be faulty to say that it doesn't impact you. Needless to say, 2014 has been a quite a memorable year for me. I have been pushed to limits I never knew I even possessed, crossed lines that I didn't know existed, and lost and found friendship in some of the most unexpected places. 

My 2014 resolution - to travel more - have been more than fulfilled. I was told that if I didn't have the funds to travel, start right where I was in the wonderful United States of America. I went to many states and cities for the first time, like Bethlehem, NY., Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Los Angeles, and Houston. I went to countries that each have stolen a chunk of my heart. Oh, the salsa escaping balconies in Puerto Rico. And how can I forget the gorgeous clear waters of Turks and Caicos. Some trips, I went alone. Some trips, I went with people I barely knew. Some trips, I went with a group of friends. Some trip, I went with one friend. Some trips, I planned. Some trips, I invited myself to. And all of them, I was introduced to something profound.

I've maintained friendships that proved once again that we are inseparable, lost several in the process, and accidentally gained new friendships that makes me question why we weren't we friends a decade ago. Friends who became family exits leaving room for new possibilities. Unlikely friendships taught me that you're never too old to make new friends. Bonds through blood rekindled. Often not spoken, but every single growth my friends and family went through individually constantly inspires me. All my friends teach me patience, a trait that I'm very unfamiliar with. Patience in dealing with my crazy antics. Patience in their encouragements and understanding. 

I've hit milestones, like being the second in my family to graduate from a University. I turned twenty-three. I never knew I would make it this far. I've joined a creative agency which gave me not only a space to nurture my creativity but I also gained a second family. I created things this year that I had only imagine. I maintained an outlet of expression that not only people connected with but was able to draw inspiration from. Every bit that Neckbreakin' Style grows is an achievement in itself. Every follower, every like, every share, every comment. I appreciate every single ounce of it. From all your support and love, we hit grand milestones like being published in WWD. I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with not only some of my favorite brands but was introduced to brands that I not only genuinely love but created great friendships with. I launched #NECKBRKR street style that is still a work in progress but something I feel passionate about. I also created my first video in 2014. It felt like a dream at first, but just like every other dream, it felt far-fetch until it is achieved. 

I want to thank every single one of you. Thank you contributing to yet another memorable year. Let's keep this party going, this neckbreakin' alive. 2015 will offer many surprises, more travels, more friendships, and hitting many more milestones! Have an amazing New Year. Lord knows, you deserve it. 

Grab a glass of bubble and I'll virtually clink with you - cheers!

Photos by Thaya