Highlights of 2014

Lily 5-27

On this last day of 2014, it’s time to look back on what transpired.

One thing is clear: blogging has not been a highlight of the year. This is the tenth installment in an annual tradition begun at a time when blogs played a different role than they do today. You most likely came here via Facebook; nonetheless the site is convenient for sharing posts like this one.

Another element prevailing in recent years which has not been a highlight of 2014 is running. I never really found the time. I will forgive myself, however, since this year has been one of the most eventful of my life so far.

The irony is that some of the otherwise big and noteworthy events pale in comparison to the life-alteringness of parenthood. Baby Lily Mayrah, born April 5, has been a source of endless joy in expanding our family. She has also given us sleepless nights, newfound worries, and changed priorities. But our lives will from now on never be the same because of our wonderful daughter.

2014 also saw us buying our first car. But this was less dramatic for the fact that we simultaneously became homeowners for the first time, purchasing a house in Allerød, where Katrine grew up. We have thoroughly enjoyed the added space and garden, especially in summer and with a little one in the family.

Autumn was for me season of work travels – busy, but also fun and good experiences. Three overseas trips in two months, one new country (Philippines), three new cities (Warsaw, Shanghai, and Manila). Visiting the newly opened 9/11 memorial in New York was also a highlight. Interesting trips, good outcomes, and nice people.

The year ends in Michigan, in the company of my extended family. It has been great to celebrate the holidays here.

Happy New Year to everyone. Best wishes for 2015!


Author: Kenneth Mollerup Birch

Living north of Copenhagen, Denmark. MA in Information Science. Interests include communication, internet, sociology, language, politics, religion, theology, travel, music, and food.

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