I’ll Always Look Back as I Walk Away – 2013 a Year in Review


Heyyy all! It feels like it’s been a year since I’ve blogged (it technically has I guess cause it’s 2014 now hehe! ๐Ÿ˜€ ). I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the well earned time off. I also hope Santy was good and you all got loads of pressies! I know I did and I’m very grateful.

So here we are! New year, new start. I was sad to see 2013 go. It has been the best year of my life so far. It had it’s fair share of ups and downs but luckily for me, the ups outweighed the downs!

I wanted to honor my year by doing a highlights post on it and I just don’t know where to start! Toronto was amazing and I gained millions of memories with my love and I made amazing friends along the way too. ๐Ÿ™‚

We traveled, we laughed, we cried and we laughed some more. We really did make the most of our time and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world!ย With all this in mind, I’m gonna try round up my highlights from 2013 and my year away. I took over 5,000 photo’s this year so it’s been hard to select the best few but here it all goes…enjoy!

Our first Toronto Days…

Jobless, homeless, excited, nervous, happy, sad, motivated, determined, cold!! Our coldest day was -25 degrees and we were in a hostel, it was freezing!!

My first ever Toronto pic!

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On the way to try find a job and somewhere to live!ย Squidgy Moments

ย Travel…

Oh the places we have been! The list is so long, we were so lucky to get to every where that we did!

  • NYC (for the 7th time!)
  • Orlando (May)
  • Miami (May)
  • The Everglades (May)
  • Niagara Falls (July)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (August)
  • Montreal (September)
  • Cuba (Varodero, Havana in October)
  • Boston (October)
  • Salem (October)
  • Las Vegas (November)
  • Orlando (November)

How blessed were we? I’ve selected a fav pic from each of these trips to honor them.

1. Mammy and Me on the Top of the Rock in NYC!


2. Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure Orlando was a total dream come true! I’ve been lots of times now, I’m very lucky! ย Squidgy Moments

3. South Beach Miami!ย Squidgy Moments

4. Holding a live gator in The Everglades! (I held another one in Wild Florida in November!)ย Squidgy Moments

5. Visiting Niagara Falls!ย niagara-falls-canada-in-summer

6. Attending the North American GAA Championships in Cleveland Ohio with my GAA football team St Mikes! Hon the Mikes! ๐Ÿ™‚


7. Taking a train ride to Montreal with Paddy and having lots and lots of delicious Canadian poutine!ย poutine-in-montreal

8. Spending a week in paradise in Cuba!ย Squidgy Moments

9. Visiting Harvard University in Boston!ย Harvard-University-Campus-in-Fall

10. Spending Halloween in Salem!


11. Seeing the Vegas sign in the fabulous Las Vegas! This was our second visit to Vegas, we were there four years ago!


12. Spending my 25th birthday in Magic Kingdom!


And now for my top three 2013 highlights!

1. Doing the CN Tower Edgewalk (Youtube this if you’ve never heard of it!). This was my biggest achievement of the year! I had a full blog post on it here.

CN Tower

2. Meeting the lovely Olly Murs! Full post hereย with additional pics!

Squidgy Moments

3. Swimming with dolphins in Cuba! Full post here with additional pics!

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My year in Toronto also seen me working my dream job with HBO and Disney Television. I met so many amazing friends and I made so many great memories with them all.

During the year we also attended hockey games, basketball games and baseball games! We had our own pool in our apartment and I spend my summer days after work lazing by it and working on my tan. We attended festivals, we fell in the snow, we acted the maggot and just enjoyed our year as much as we possibly could.

I wonder what 2014 has in store….I guess we will see ๐Ÿ™‚

Big hugs,

Kathleen xxx

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  1. oh my.. a year and a half it sounds like. Dream job, hundred places ticked off the must travel to list! it’s amazing! i love how i found ur blog and just lived it through your posts hehe. My sister spent christmas in Miami and Boston, she loves to travel. I don’t have the travel bug cos i’m a home body ๐Ÿ™ boo! Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for you. make it another big year. lots of love x

    • Oh Christina don’t I know! It was such a great year! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a home bird too so that’s why I only did the one away! Happy New Year my love xxx

  2. Sounds like the best year ever, you will always have lovely memories of it!! x

  3. What an amazing year it was for you and it has been brilliant to follow your journey on your blog. 2014 is going to be just as exciting ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  4. OMG You worked for Disney Television!!! Wowzers you lucky lady looks you had an amazing year xx

  5. Sounds like you had an amazing year! Here’s to another brilliant year! xx

  6. What an amazing year!

    I’m going to Florida in May and I can’t wait to visit the Harry Potter world, I’ve been to the studio tour in London twice and it was fab.

    Halloween in Salem sounds amazing! Very jealous of that. And meeting Olly – lucky lady you are!

    Corinne x

    • Omg you will love it! The ride in Higwarts Castle made me cry! Go there first cause the queues go to about an hour straight away! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ps Olly was SO NICE! Xxx

  7. not jealous of your travels at all… honest.


  8. One of my high school friends from the UK now works as one of the experience people at the CNN Tower – she gets to lean over the edge on a daily basis – I don’t know how she does it!

    • Omg that’s crazy! I wonder was she the girl tryin to freak me out before I went up cause I was so scared ha!! ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  9. Brilliant Year For You Kat & I Totes Luv Dis Blog. Lukin Forward To Reading Lotz More Of Your Plans For 2014 xxx

  10. What an amazing year! Hope 2014 is just as good for you x

  11. Wow you’ve done so many things I’m jealous! Can’t believe you met Olly murs ๐Ÿ˜ฎ x x x

    • I know I had a really great year! Olly was just lovely as well ๐Ÿ™‚ all part of my job, I was very lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  12. wow! those photos are stunning, seems like 2013 was a great year for you! I’d never be able to do the tower edge walk! Fair play to you!! :p happy new year, hope 2014 is equally as good, if not better! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


    • Aw thank you Aoife! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really did have an amazing year! Time to make 2014 just as good…it is worth a shot hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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