Happy New Year, everyone! (And um, a very belated “Merry Christmas,” too.) We spent the holidays with family in Jacksonville and returned to jump right back into work, so I am just now sitting down to reflect upon 2013 and to wish upon all that will come in 2014.
2013 brought many big moments. Matt got a job at Deloitte (cue new suit!) ran his first ultra marathon (followed by another ultra and three regular marathons, no big deal) and was the best man to two of his closest friends – giving the two best speeches of 2013, I might add.
I ran my second half marathon, my first full marathon, reunited with my Bonaventure loves for a magical weekend in June and got to spend a lot of time with my family and best friends/other soul mates.
We cheered on the marriages of five of our favorite couples in four different cities, spent time with family and friends in Buffalo, Saratoga, Philadelphia, Kiawah, Nashville, Richmond, Savannah and Jacksonville and embarked to the Southernmost point to celebrate our two-year wedding anniversary in Key West. (Which I can confidently say will happen again for our third anniversary! Come on, look at that sunset.)
In between those occasions, we moved into DC into a charming little apartment, explored our new neighborhood and ran miles and miles and miles along Rock Creek Park. We hosted a few small get-togethers, (including my 27th birthday bash, St. Patty’s Day jig and a Kentucky der Mayo party) two Minnuto family trips and an impromptu dinner party/sleepover with our favorite New England friends. We witnessed Obama’s inauguration (I mean, I think I heard Beyoncé sing from the other side of the National Mall), rocked out with G.Love & Special Sauce twice, tasted many bottles of red and bottles of white in Virginia wine country, explored a plethora of barn sales (well, I explored… Matt played iPhone games by the car) and I lost my voice for the first time in 15 years screaming “I LOVE YOU JUSTIN!” at the JT/Jay-Z concert in Baltimore. I also resurrected my old NSYNC necklace and wore it every day for a good two weeks. Thank goodness my boss thinks I’m pretty amusing.
Oh yea, and NSYNC reunited at the VMAs (and Matt perfectly captured my complete freakout). 2013 = total success.
So while I didn’t necessarily hit all 13 of my resolutions from last year (come on, I will NEVER be on time), 2013 was definitely one of our best years yet.
And to think, now we have a brand new year to fill with more love, more laughter and more “Timberweeks” on Jimmy Fallon!
As for resolutions, I’m not going to make my usual long list of goals as I am resolving to keep it simple in 2014. I’ve spent a good amount of time looking inward lately and realized that as I get older, I’m becoming much more in tune with my sense of self. I know (most of the time) who I am, what my strengths are, what my weaknesses are (see “being on time” comment above), what my goals are and what my crazy dreams are. And I know that no matter what time of year it is, I am always, always going to have a laundry list of things I’d like to accomplish. I’m a Pisces. We dream big.
So instead of trying to cramp them all into a 12-months only to look back and stress out that I might not get to all of them, I’m going to leave room to breathe in 2014. I’m going to keep learning, keep growing, keep traveling, keep laughing and, most importantly, keep my eyes on the present and not worry too much about what’s down the road. I did enough of that in 2013! (Thank you again to my very patient husband. I promise, no more meltdowns on our kitchen floor.)
As the great Marv Levy once said, “where else would you rather be than right here, right now?” Using that as my daily mantra, I’m going to try and make the most out of every minute I am given, spending as much time as possible with the people I love and the rest of my time doing all of the things I love. And if I can combine those two somehow (mason jar painting party, anyone!?!) that would also be pretty great. :)