Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Rewind: 2013, The Year to Beat!

I don't normally do year rewinds, but this year of my life deserves a look back at. From everything that has changed to everything good that has come into my life, 2013 is definitely the year to beat! I was recently telling friends of mine at a girl's night we had that I can't ever remember being happier than I am, and have been, this year.

Of course all good things start out a little rocky; the beginning of the year was by no means all butterflies, sunshine, and rainbows. I was very depressed, my health was more off than on, and my ex had broken up with me all in the first 3 months.

Then all of a sudden, things changed. Drastically. My health took a turn for the better and I was able to get out and do some new things.

Like karaoke.

BIGGEST fear. Overcome!

And I discovered my love of all things exercise, when my health would cooperate of course. Yoga, hiking, taking long walks around the neighborhood...I also re-discovered my passion for pole fitness.

The beginning of May marked one of my first bloggy events (aside from BlogHer 10 and a movie premier back in 2012) sponsored by the SITS Girls-SITS Mini Bloggy Boot Camp, Chicago edition! I learned quite a lot from these lovely ladies about everything from sponsored posts all the way to SEO. 

While I was feeling good, I also got out to more parties, bars, and double dates and was able to reconnect with some old friends and meet some new ones! I'm very happy and proud to call these people my friends. They're a big part of what made 2013 so special.

The end of May brought Joe. 2013 was also the mark of being out of high school for 5 years so I took it upon myself to throw together somewhat of a quick 'high school reunion' at a local bar.

That's where Joe and I reconnected and a bond was instantly formed.

The beginning of June brought yet another blogging event-Workout in the Park 2013! I thankfully was able to attend with two good friends of mine and it's true what they say; friends make everything better.

I can't wait to go back this year!

I never thought I was going to be able to do it because I pitched until I was blue in the face from the beginning of the year up until the event, but I was able to pull it off and head to BlogHer 2013 in Chicago this year at the end of July!

To say it was an amazing experience would be a true understatement.

November brought my 24th birthday and the best birthday I've had in quite awhile! I was able to celebrate with my mom throughout the morning and afternoon and meet up with all my friends in the evening for some bowling fun and then to the bar afterword.

The best part of the day: I got to see one of my best friends after nearly a year of being stationed away from Illinois and deployed in Afghanistan. My boyfriend and he were in cahoots for nearly 2 months cooking up this big surprise for me and I got it ON my birthday!

After my birthday comes the holiday season-Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, all of which I was actually able to enjoy this year! In years prior, I would be sick for one or all of the above, but for the most part I was able to participate and enjoy this year.

All in all, 2013 was my year. I'm definitely sad to see it go but I'm quite excited to see what 2014 has in store for me. If it's anything like this past year, I can't wait!

What was one of your 2013 highlights?


Krafty Max Originals said...

What a wonderful year you had!! I can truly say that YOU inspire me!! I am not sure I know anyone STRONGER and more full of HOPE than you are!! You will make 2014 the BEST year so far!! ~K M

Unknown said...

What a beautiful year review. I was thinking about mine...like yours, 2013 for me didn't start strong. I got my citizenship but broke the car in the process (still paying it off UGH). Worked 3 jobs at the time, but was able to go to Italy for my brother wedding and finally around the holiday I got the gift I wanted: my new job! So, not bad after all!

Ellen said...

Sounds like you had a great 2013. My highlight was being on our local TV station.

Laura O in AK said...

That's a nice year in review post! I'm right there with you in enjoying fitness activities like yoga.

A Mom's Take said...

What a fantastic year! I too went to a SITS conference this year (and loved it). I shared my year recap on my blog today as well! :)

XmasDolly said...

A absolutely fabulous year for you sweetie, and don't forget the highlight at BlogHer 13' we finally got to meet in person & in the most unique way too LOL! I'm glad 2013 is gone for me because there was just too much drama in my family & pray that 2014 will be better. Switching doctors to have the back surgery was a pain. Dave getting laid off & then the bomb fell with big time family Drama & then just one thing after another, but this year will be better come hell or high water! A very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year for you and yours! Hugs, CM

TAMMY said...

We moved from South Dakota to Texas - so that was a huge deal for us, and our daughter got a full scholarship for college next year (phew!) so that was another exciting thing. Happy New Year!

Jennifer S. said...

I LOVE this post and the way you did it!! So glad to have hung out with you this year and hope to do so much more in 2014!! You and your new guy look so adorable together. HAPPY HAPPY New Year!! <3

MrsAshley said...

Aww, it looks like you had a marvelous year. Here's to another great one!

Unknown said...

What an awesome year in review. I am writing mine and one highlight was the birth of my second daughter!

Danny said...

My 2013 highlight was my son starting to walk.