Looking Back On 2013

Can you believe 2013 is already coming to a close? I know that people say “Time Flies,” but I’ve never felt that time flew as fast as it did this year. Things that happened in January still seem like they happened just yesterday.

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As I look back on this year, I can’t help but think what a good year it was for me, both personally, professionally, and bloggerly (I realize that is not actually a word, but saying “as a blogger” didn’t sound consistent in the sentence). After years of talking about it, I finally went to visit two of my best friends in New York (here and here); I was able to check two things off my bucket list by seeing George Straight AND Garth Brooks in concert (I still owe you a post about Garth); I celebrated four years with my favorite guy; I attended my very first blog conference, and loved it; I helped my Nana ring in 90 in style; I reunited with my sorority sisters; I celebrated the blog’s 2nd birthday (with a major refresh), and my own 25th birthday. And those are just the things that were mentioned on the blog, but so much more happened in 2013 that bring back fond memories for me. I told you, it’s been a good year for this chica.

One of the other things I enjoy looking back on as the year comes to a close is how I fared with my resolution for the year. We’ll certainly talk more about this in the New Year, when I update my resolutions, but I would consider this year to be fairly successful. I even managed to accomplish a few goals I’ve been working on since 2012, so that’s a big win for me – like reading books. When I first decided two New Years’ ago to make it my resolution to read one new book per month, I had no idea whether it would be something I would follow through with. And honestly, I didn’t do so hot during 2012 (I kind of fell off the wagon after March). But this year was a whole different story. Sure, it was difficult to get started, and in the beginning, I often found myself struggling to figure out where I would fit in the time to read for pleasure. But as time went on, I not only discovered that adding 20 minutes for reading to my daily schedule wasn’t that hard, but that I actually enjoyed that portion of my day the most. Eventually I got to the point where I was reading multiple books per month, and I feel like a more well-rounded person because of it. I wasn’t great about reporting back to y’all on my monthly books, but I wanted to be sure and share with you the books I read this year. You’ll find links to reviews for a few of them.

January – This Voice in My Heart, Gilbert Tuhabonye

February – The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin

March – Most Talkative: Stories From The Front Lines of Pop Culture, Andy Cohen / Blog Inc., Joanna Cho

April – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

May – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

June – Inferno, Dan Brown

July – Blog, Inc., Joy Cho

August – Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

September – The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh

October – Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple

November – Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, Jon Krauker

December – Stop Saying You’re Fine, Mel Robbins

2013 in review

I know we’re all excitedly preparing for fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations, but before the clock strikes midnight and we are singing the familiar words to Auld Lang Syne, take a few moments to reflect on your own 2013. What were you proud of? What can you stand to make some adjustments to this year? Doing so certainly helped remind me of what a wonderful year I had, and made me even more excited for the year that’s coming.

Now go out and celebrate. I’ll see you party people in 2014!

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