Goodbye, 2013…

Looking back on 2013, I am realizing that it is probably the year where I had the most growth and life changes. It didn’t really feel like it when going through life one day at a time. It’s kind of fun to reflect on the past year, its ups and downs, and have some curiosity to where the next year will lead. Here are some of the big moments in my 2013:

Disney Princess half marathon finishers!I ran and finished my first half marathon – the Disney Princess Half Marathon! Yes, you heard me right. Disney princess. It’s pretty fun to say that I finished my first half marathon in a tutu at Disney World. At the time, I was thinking it would be my only half marathon. But as of late, I am considering signing up for another one in a few months. I injured my knee a few months back, most likely from overtraining in a short period of time. I’m still recuperating, nearly 10 months later…so it seems like the perfect antidote to set a goal and get back to where I was…but more slowly this time. 🙂 Plus, I have a new training partner now! A cute, adorable, and very fast puppy!

Grandpa and catI had to say goodbye to one of my favorite people in my life. My grandpa. I still think about him all of the time, and it’s especially hard during the holidays. But I know how he would be mocking us if he knew how much we miss him right now. Oh, Grandpa. I still miss you. But I know better than to wallow. 🙂

Disney World with our auntsI got to spend time in Florida, visiting and meeting some of my family for the first time!

Hello 30

I just entered a new decade of my life, and I have to say that I was SO excited to reach my 30’s. I’m not your conventional dreading-turning-older type of person. I am looking forward to my 30’s, and I am feeling more secure in who I am. This means that I can truly be happy and enjoy my life as I get older and make decisions that truly get me where I want to be. I mean, if you aren’t excited about every moment and year in your life, then how could you be happy? You would be living in regret and procrastination – “oh, I will enjoy life later when _____.” Just enjoy it now. And tomorrow. And the next day. So you can keep enjoying it through a ripe old age of 105.

Hiking for all ages (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 3)My summer was full of outdoor adventures, and camping with my BFF and her amazing little family was one of my favorite moments. We don’t get to see one another often, but this trip was magical. You try watching a toddler pitch a tent and tell me that’s not one of your favorite moments.

Mi casa, su casaOh, and I bought a house. No big deal. Just accomplishing one of my lifelong goals. You know. It was one where I didn’t think could happen, or if it did, it wouldn’t happen for a very, very, long time. Things just fell into place, and here I am! Please excuse me while I try and shake myself of this disbelief…

My child has four legs and furOne of the major reasons I wanted to buy a house so bad is because of this face. I got to adopt a dog. Now this, this has been a lifelong dream. I’ve waited my entire life, 30 years, for the right moment. And now I have a new furry member in my family. While we still have a lot of training to do, he is an amazing companion and family member. Yes, he is a rescue dog, but you know what they say, right? That rescued dogs know they have been rescued, so they are so happy and grateful to be in your life. I don’t know if that’s always true, but trust me, he is one happy dog and my life is happier because of him. *sigh*

I LOVED 2013, and I am looking forward to what 2014 has to bring! What were your favorite moments from this year?

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye, 2013…

  1. jprakken says:

    What a year!! Love ya and can’t wait to see you in 2014!!

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  3. Your dog is so cute! Congrats on rescuing. Rescued dogs really are grateful for the love… even though sometimes they act crazy!

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