2013: My Year in Review

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For.

With each passing year, we’re all called to do a bit of reflecting. All that reflecting led to me reviving this blog, even if it’s only for a little while. The last twelve months have been an interesting and tumultuous to say the least. The thing is, I wouldn’t change most of it for the world. Sure, like anyone, there are things I wish never happened, but I’m making a point to go into 2014 with as few regrets as possible. In lieu of the face that my Facebook year in review failed to capture the highlights of the past year, here’s my highlight reel, the way I see it.

1. #BigFatGreekVacay
I checked another destination off of my travel list when I took a trip to Greece with a couple of my best friends and a few new friends. From Athens to Mykonos to Santorini, we had a great time exploring, lounging and eating. Take a peek at the pictures here.

2. My First Solo Apartment
I guess you could say I struck out on my own nearly 3 years ago when I moved to NYC all on my lonesome. But this year I took another, bigger step to what some might call real adulthood. I moved into my first non-roommate apartment, and I’ve enjoyed setting up “house.”

3. Disney Trip
Short and sweet, but a memory I’ll share with my sister forever. It’s the first trip to Disney we can both remember (because the last time we went, she was a toddler and not the chatty teenager who won’t stop reminding me that she’s taller than me). Sure, Splash Mountain was a hell of a lot smaller than I remembered, and it rained entirely too much, but it was a great trip nonetheless.

4. #BecauseWeCancun
For my annual birthday trip, my best friend and I took a trip to Mexico for a bit of fun in the sun. We explored Chichen Itza, drank quite a bit of tequila and relaxed. (Full disclosure: I’m not a relaxing vacation type of girl, I like exploring, day trips, and always having something to do, it was nice to do Cancun once, but I’m not sure I’ll ever go back). See the pics here.

5. The Dream Job (at least for now)
Picking this one was a doozy, I couldn’t really figure out what to end this on, but where my job is concerned this year has been a dream. It’s had it’s crazy moments where I thought I was going to explode, where it really and truly seemed like a nightmare. The truth of the matter is, when I cried my eyes out a year ago, not knowing whether the new job I’d taken was the “right” choice, I didn’t know how right it was. I sacrificed a safe place for something that allowed me to grow immensely. If I ever doubted myself, this past year has taught me that I can do whatever I set my mind to…

It’s been an interesting year, of that I am sure. I can only hope 2014 will be even more nerve-racking-ly awesome. Thank you to my friends who have listened to me whine, drank bottles and bottles of booze with me, and walked me through some truly character-building moments, all of which 2013 was not short on, My resolution, if I were to have one would be to keep pushing myself the way I always have and to do something today that my future self will thank me for…(I also hope I can muster up the energy to update this thing every week)

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