It's the end of the road...for 2013!

And here we are...the very last day of 2013! We made it! It's been one heck of a year, that's for sure. So, a recap: 

First of all, I began this year with 7 resolutions. Yes, I'm one of 'those' people. It's good to strive for things and to set goals.  Let's see how I did! 

1. Let go. Let go of old friendships, what wasn't meant to be, and of regrets and past wants. 
CHECK! I feel confidant that I met this goal! It was a year of new friendships and new dreams. 

2. Move on. Move on from high school glory days, from people that aren't good for me, and from the past 'me'. It's time for a change for the better! 
CHECK! Done and done! I love where I am in my life and couldn't be happier! I am who I am, and if you don't like it, not my problem! :) 

3. Be happy for others. Don't judge my life based on what other people have. Be happy for them and then go back to #2, and move on.
CHECK! I can honestly say that I struggled a little with this one this year, but in ending the year, I consider this resolution a resounding success! I am in a much better place right now than I was throughout the year. I'm not saying I don't sin and want what others have from time to time, but it's a work in progress! 

4. Deepen my relationship with God. And further my biblical education. For He knows what is right in my life.
WORK IN PROGRESS. Although I'm not where I want to be, I know that I will never be finished with this one ... not fully. I will always strive to deepen my relationship with God and to further my learning and understanding. This will never be over! And it's one thing I'm okay with continuing forever! 

5. Clean up. Clean up my act! From work, to home, to social media. Clean it up, get it organized, and be persistent. 
FAIL. Just, fail. It'll be something I continue to work on in 2014! 

6. Follow my dreams. They may not be big, but follow them anyway. Be more financially stable and responsible. Lose weight and feel more confidant. And really strive for the first step in that new car!
WORK IN PROGRESS. Let's face it, this was a doozy! We are more financially stable - check. I did not really lose weight, but I am more confidant! And, we not only got a new care {new to us anyway}, we got two! Double check! 

7. Don't stress. Don't sweat the small stuff, and know that everything happens for a reason and will work out the way God intends. 
WORK IN PROGRESS. I am how I am - I'm a worrier. I stress, and I struggle with it constantly. But, I've gotten it under control {at least for now} and look forward to staying on top of it through 2014! 

So, all in all, I did pretty good! Woo hoo! So, what all happened in 2013? Let's check it out: 

I set goals for myself for the year. 
I wanted more for my blog. 
I linked up for the first Newlywed Game
I celebrated my one-year employment anniversary.
We had a fabulous Valentine's Day
I had an awesome lunch date with my husband. 
Spent time with the fam on the farm. 
I was super happy for happenings happening in my family. Got it? :) My sister bought her very first car and my mom underwent rotator cuff surgery - success! 
My dad and I surprised my mom for lunch on a random day off. 
We successfully made our own fried pickles
Sean Lowe found love! I'm obsessed with The Bachelor :). 
We went to my cousin's soccer game. 
It was eight years since my awful car accident. And I finally blogged about it here.
I found the best ever smoothie recipe for breakfast
My husband got a new wardrobe. 
Went to my cousin's dance recital. And spent the weekend in Buda. 
I made a burlap wreath
I opened up about my anxiety
My heart broke for a week straight. First the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and then the explosion in West, TX
I bought my very first Erin Condren life planner. 
I had a rough week. 
I got my very first tattoo
The blog got a facelift! 
I vacationed in Schulenburg, with my sister, visiting the self-serve Mendel B&B. {okay, so we spent a week and a half at my parents' house while they were out of the country...} 
My mom and I got shmammered
My husband turned 24
I worked a lot of overtime. 
Colten 'graduated'. 
I celebrated Father's Day with my dear dad.
Colten and I took a vacation to San Antonio with his family. 
A fun-filled weekend in Buda
I became addicted to Candy Crush. 
Fourth of July celebration at the annual St. John Picnic. 
More fun with my crazy family! 
Discovered Channing Tatum's music video. A must watch! 
My parents visited Austin and we went bowling! 
I worked a lot of overtime.
I wrote one of my favorite blog posts
I surprised my husband with Colt Ford tickets. 
My dental emergency. I had to have another root canal on the same tooth I had done years ago. No bueno!
Colten and his friend went to the Colt Ford concert. 
My mother-in-law graduated the LVN program! 
My grandfather lost his battle with cancer. 
We spent some much needed time with my brother
We supported our cousin's collegiate soccer career! 
I discovered the best ever pasta salad recipe. Seriously. 
iOS 7 was released. 
I went to Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley's Locked and Re-Loaded concert! 
The U.S. Government shut down
We very boldly attended Haley's soccer weekend in Dallas
Colten and I went to the Raging Idiots concert.
I turned 25! And created my 30 before 30 list. 
I said goodbye to Goldie, my car.
I opened up about being a people pleaser.
We participated in LaGrange's Relay for Life. 
We discovered a new park in town.
Colten and I celebrated two years of marriage
We very successfully threw my mom a surprise 50th birthday party
My sister and I got to see the UT volleyball team in action. 
We celebrated Thanksgiving with lots of family. 
We went to the Buda Trail of Lights with my cousins. 
Colten battled pneumonia. 
I created our very own Thankful Tree.
Colten battled blood clots. Talk about a rough month! 
The blog got a whole new look, thanks to Jana Tolman Designs! 
I was introduced to Nutella Crepes. Seriously easy - go try them now!
The Newlywed Game came back for a special holiday edition :).  
Colten, Hilary, and I went to the Austin Trail of Lights. 
We celebrated Christmas with lots of family. 
We went to the Rockin' Holiday Lights Tour in Round Rock. 

Overall, it's been a fabulous year! Yes, it had some ups and downs {okay, maybe a lot of downs}, but it's all made us stronger. I'm proud to say that I've made it through the year and am ending it in a better place than I started it. :) I'm thankful for my family and friends for supporting me through everything, and for God's glory that is present in our every day! I'm excited to see what 2014 has in store, so BRING.IT.ON


Karla said...

We had a lot of the same new years resolutions. Being closer to God, de-stressing.. all still works in progress for me as well.

2 years ago, I had the very first 2 resolutions that you had. It was one of the toughest things to let go of "friendships" from high school, and then I realized how much better off I was without them. Best thing I ever did. So glad you were able to do that! It's tough!

Haley said...

I've followed your blog for some of those downs you mentioned! But I bet this year will be full of ups! I just know it.. You're too good of a person (at least I think you are, hehe) to have more downs. Keep up with your good attitude and good things will come to you!

Night Owl said...

just letting you know found your blog thru a guest post you did. I'm now following you. would love a follow back. I'm a southern gurl too and from GA.

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