2013 was my year. And that's a big deal, because I can't think of any other year I would've said that. It came on the heels of several very difficult and very stressful years that pulled me and pried me and completely changed me. This year things finally settled. It wasn't without some personal tragedies and many tears, but so many things happened this year that I had praying and working for.
It was my first full year of being a pseudo-vegetarian (I say that because I still sneak pieces of bacon and a bite of a cheeseburger when the mood strikes) and completely changed the way I feel about food and taught me how my body responds.
This year I learned so much about being content with my life, even if I feel lightyears behind everyone else my age. I still struggle at times, but I've learned to be happy and grateful for what I have. When I think about where my life was several years ago, jobless and without a penny, it's hard to not be so thankful. I learned some hard lessons about friendships and that some need to be let go, and some you need to fight to the death for. I also learned that I am happiest when I'm cozy at home with my cat, my husband, and a stack of good books.
2013 is the year we bought our first car together, a car we had been wanting to buy for several years.
2013 is the year I finally said goodbye to my job from hell and started a job I love.
2013 is the year I celebrated my 24th birthday, and James surprised me with my dream bike which my blog has somehow become known for.
2013 is the year we celebrated 2 years of marriage. Every year is a reason to celebrate, because you know what? Sometimes being married is really hard. It's really great, but sometimes it is freaking hard.
2013 was the year of the library. After much prodding from one of my coworkers, I signed up for a library card and it's the best decision I made all year. My bank account is beyond grateful.
2013 is the year I finally saw Ben Folds Five in concert. I have still not recovered.
2013 is the year we made the decision to put off house hunting for several years and keep renting instead. We moved into a townhouse that is perfect for us, and even though it is not the popular choice and at times I yearn to have my own yard and to paint my walls, it was the absolute right decision.
2013 is the year I met the Duggar family. I sat through several hours of horribly boring presentations to hear them speak. Michelle Duggar gave the most powerful speech I have ever heard. I got to meet her and Jim Bob and talk to them for a few minutes. Say what you will about then, but they are the nicest people I've ever met.
2013 is the year I got to spend time with my grandma without the presence of cousins and aunts and uncles for the first time in my life. We spent days playing piano together, going through photo albums, and listening to her tell me family stories.
2013 is the year I finally met two favorite blog friends. They stayed with me for a weekend, and we got to see Justin Timberlake in concert. It could've gone horribly wrong, but it turned out to be one of the best weekends ever.
I have no lofty goals and resolutions for the new year, because even though goals are a great thing, turning the page of a calendar will not give me a miraculous wave of willpower or make all my problems go away. It's going to be another year of building on the lessons I've learned this year. 2014 is not the year of a whole new me, but it is a year that I will continue to work hard in my job, in the gym, and with our finances. And I'm looking forward to it.