2013 In Review

It's weird to look back over an entire year and see what's happened, where you've been, what successes or failures you've had... just to look at the past 12 months and really chew on that year you just lived.
Seriously- how were these pictures taken almost 365 days ago?!

This year? Was not my year. It's hard to admit that aloud, or try to explain to someone what I mean when I say that. People just assume either 1. I've had a horribly, tragic AWFUL year with the worst things you can think about..... or 2. That I'm just being a brat. Sorry but, it's neither of those. It's just been a year of trials. Of so many emotions. Of family-related heartaches and challenges. Of growing and learning, but stumbling along the way, and stumbling often. I've had my fair share of disappointments this year... more than my fair share I should say. But please know I'm not saying there haven't been any good things this year, because that's far from the truth.

I mean, that's life right? You take the bad with the good, even when it feels you're being dealt more of the crappy stuff than other people might be. Or stuff you don't want to deal with, or don't know how to deal with. You just have to keep searching for those good moments and remember those. 

From 2013, I want to remember...
In January I took this blog to the next level and bought a domain.

In February I scored free tickets to see Jesus Culture and we got to visit my sister in Philadelphia.

In March I threw a pretty awesome (if I do say so myself!) bridal shower for my sister-in-law-to-be.

In April we celebrated my 26th birthday in DisneyWorld. Nothing will ever top that birthday :)

In May Jared's brother got married! And we celebrated 2 whole years of marriage ourselves.

In June I started the Sallie & Perkins series and have enjoyed this journey on my blog so much.

In July we got to visit Jared's family in Arkansas and had a blast boating and sightseeing with his parents.

In August we hit up every local festival we could find and got to go to Memphis to see our friends get married.

In September we visited my first place of employment ever and also joined a gym for the first time!

In October I attended a giant Cincinnati blate and Jared and I visited my sister/BIL/new niece.

In November we tried an awesome new restaurant for Jared's birthday and hosted our first-ever Friendsgiving.

I don't want to remember 2013 as the year that wasn't my year, even though I do feel that way. I want to remember the good, and go into 2014 knowing I will make it better. I will press on, I will dream, I will achieve, I will succeed.

What will you do in 2014???

Linking up with Steph & Jen today!
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36 comments

  1. What a great year in review and it is totally weird to look at pictures and think about them being taken SO many days apart. (Speaking of your Disney trip.. wasn't it on the trip that you recorded Jared singing Wagon Wheel? I thought I remembered something about it in one of your posts and I mentioned you in MY post today, lol)
    Anyway.. my idea is that when we have a year that isn't the great-- the next year will totally rock to make up for it. I'm hoping that 2014 is your MOST BLESSED YET and I know with the two of you together, it will be full of happiness and laughter.

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  2. Your intro is very similar to my exit on my post - this was a hard year - not tragic or unspeakable, but really hard in a lot of ways and areas. It's important to be able to acknowledge the bad and still appreciate the good.

    Thanks for linking up!

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  3. Erin, something I love about you is that you are always honest with yourself, but you also have no problem realizing the good in the bad. So glad I was able to read and follow along with you some in 2013. Here's to 2012 and new beginnings!

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  4. I have loved following along with you this year (it's crazy that I remember so many of the things you've done this year…) 2014 is going to be wonderful.

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  5. I agree, it's SO crazy looking at the year at the end....just wow!!!!

    Cheers to 2014 being your year!

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  6. What a great year you had! Take some advice from this old lady. Even though you claim not to have had a fabulous year... there are many more to come!! :)

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  7. Awesome idea of a post...might have to steal it ;)

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  8. Love that you switched the attitude of a not-so-fun year into a year full of sweet memories! My negative nelly brain needs to do the same. HOW IS IT ALMOST 2014? Caps lock needed for that question.

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  9. I love how you didn't dwell on the trials, the storms, the hardships, the tears but instead, focused on the blessings and gifts instead!! Heres to 2014 being YOUR YEAR!

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  10. Such a great way to look back on your year. I really, really like this! And I agree....nothing will ever top that bday :) You'll just have to do Disney every year!

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  11. sometimes years aren't what we expect but instead of casting a negative light on it; i can see that you're looking at the positives which is great. life throws us a bunch of lemons all the time; it's what we do with those lemons that count.

    i have no idea how 2014 is almost upon us. WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  12. If there's one thing I've learned in dealing with negative "life" stuff of my own, you have to remember that there's always positive things that you have to be thankful for. I like how you showed that with this post. I was kind of looking back over the year for some posts of my own and looking at some pictures from the year and I realized that this year was just kind of "blah" for me. We didn't do anything big. My husband and I took all of like 3 pictures together. (I know because I was looking for a picture of us to add to a post and couldn't find a good one!) Anyway...I'm also super jealous you spent your birthday in Disney World!

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  13. I love how positive you alwaaaays are. Sometimes your words are just what I need to hear to get me through a rough morning! Honestly! I loved reading about your year. :)

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  14. I kind of had a similar view of 2013. I just thought ick this wasn't my year. Then I did the year in review thing on FB and was reminded that while this year was tough, there were some pretty amazing moments too! I'm glad you were able to focus on the good here too :) Please keep up the Sallie and Perkins posts. They make me sooooo happy. (And driven to get rid of my massive debt)

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  15. I think you have a great attitude, and that makes you a winner even if this year wasn't ;)

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  16. I'm sorry that 2013 wasn't your year! It wasn't mine either, but there was also so much good that it's hard to say that!! I'm so excited to see what 2014 brings! :)

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  17. Love this post! You, my friend, have such a gift for writing. You always put such a positive spin on things, too. Reflection is a wonderful thing! I hope 2014 is an amazing year for you :) xoxo

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  18. I know what you mean! people often look at things in two ways when there are oft many more versions. Hopefully 2014 will be less trying!

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  19. Yeah I agree, everyone has those "off" years but it's great that you are choosing to remember the good times instead. I may need to do this!

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  20. I think it has been an off year for a lot of people, I feel the same way. But here is too all of us having a fabulous 2014 full of more joy than our hearts can handle!!

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  21. This is a great post! I wrote something similar (regarding 2013 not being my year) yesterday. Can't wait to link up my 2013 in review!

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  22. It's crazy to see the changes that a year can make!

    www.studentswife.com

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  23. I may have to borrow this idea for the upcoming week! hehe I love being able to look back and find some of the high points of each month. It's easy to say how awful the year was when there really was some good stuck in there too. BUT I do love even numbers so 2014 already is starting off with a plus. hehe

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  24. So happy to be with you through everything...you have such a good outlook on life, my friend. I love you and look up to you in so many ways. Lets make 2014 the best year YET!

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  25. Here's to a much better year in 2014! Love your recap idea - might take the month-by-month idea for my own blog!

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  26. 2014 is going to be your year, I just know it!

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  27. I love this! Looking back and writing down one big thing that happened. So fun! I'm gonna do it.

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  28. Seems like a great year!! I just wanted to let you know that I love the Sallie and Perkins series!!! I know how you feel in some ways about it "not being your year", but you're also right that it's important to remember the good and move on!!

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  29. Here's a cheers to 2014 being your year! You're such a sweetie and deserve great things! Can't wait to see what's in store for ya!! Thanks for linking up! :)

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  30. Love this idea for a post. I have to say, October was pretty stellar!

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  31. Your post made me go ahead and start a draft of my 2013 post. Haha. I love your positive out look and it looks to me like you made the best of 2013! So glad you included our Cincy blate by the way. :)

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  32. What a great look back on your year! Sending your lots of good vibes and hoping you have the best 2014 ever!

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  33. What a great way to look back at the year. i can't believe that this year is almost over.

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  34. I love that you can look back at all the good things. This month has been crappy with some family drama and loss of loved ones, so I have a bad attitude about the year in general, but it really wasn't all that bad. Here's to 2014 though!!

    Stopping by (a little late) from the link-up. :)

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