new year’s recap: last year and this year

Each year on this blog, I take a look back at my life and the goals I’ve made for myself.  It’s refreshing, since, as I’ve mentioned before, I do get caught up in the day to day, and it’s hard to see how my life has progressed.

This year has been a particularly rough one. It was hard to look at my 2012 recap and read about how happy 2012 was for me, knowing 2013 didn’t compare. But 2013 was a year of change, and people aren’t necessarily happy during times of change. I know everything I went through this year was for the best and I feel like things are on the upswing.

New York Trains

This year, I left my home and friends in Tallahassee and moved to New York with Ryan. (My one-year NYC anniversary is next week!)

Career-wise, it was certainly a challenging year. I worked as a temp for a long time, which made me feel like I was just out of college again. The job market in NYC is rough and super-competitive. I faced a lot of rejection. I eventually got a full-time job that lets me work from home. So, it’s pretty exciting and it’s a relief to be going into the new year with some job security.

This has also been a challenging year for me and Ryan as we figured out who we are in this new environment. We grew and adjusted to New York in different ways, which wasn’t always easy. And we also leaned on each other more than ever, since we had fewer friends and a less than stellar social life in our new home. Although a lot changed around us, I think we’re still the same people at our core. We’re both really driven and talk about the future a lot. We were also really patient with each other as we figured things out. I am so thankful we’re capable of this type of patience and understanding.

Bronx Botanical Garden

As for this blog, well, I did a pretty terrible job at keeping up with it. I don’t know if I’ll be any better about it next year, but it’s still fun to have around and I’m pretty proud of all of the work I’ve put into it.

Hiking in the Catskills Mountains

2013 Recap

(You can view my 2013 resolutions here.)

In 2013 I:

  • Moved to New York City.
  • Lived in three different apartments.
  • Got a new job after a brief stint of unemployment.
  • I went sledding for the first time
  • Went camping three times and did actual mountain hikes, which are totally different from Florida hikes (the picture above is from one of these hikes)
  • Took too many months off from exercising, but picked it back up.
  • Opened a Roth IRA
  • Embroidered some, cross-stitched more.
  • Ate some of the best food of my life (Smorgasburg!)
  • Learned how to use my DSLR.
  • Met lots of new people.
  • Ran a total of 243 miles
  • Took far too many pictures of my cats.
  • Did some incredible New York things like visited the MoMa Rain Room, walked through tons of gardens and parks, and saw Macbeth on Broadway.
  • Gained a few pounds, but eventually lost them.
  • Sort-of redesigned my blog.
  • Continued taking monthly pictures with Ryan, mostly.
  • Cooked a lot, shopped at the farmer’s market often, and signed up for a CSA.
  • Signed up to complete a half-marathon in Feb. 2014 and started my training.
It feels really good to see all of those things I did last year.

Looking Forward in 2014

It’s hard for me to envision what 2014 will look like, because 2013 was just unlike anything I could possibly have expected. I do think my adjustment period is over and overall things are looking up. I hope to get a lot more done in 2014.
In 2014 I will:
  • Learn a new language (my first class is Wednesday!)
  • Run a half-marathon, hopefully two.
  • Visit a New England state I’ve never been to.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Ride horses again.
  • Celebrate holidays (Ryan and I sucked at this in 2013)
  • Document more – on the blog, my private journal, instagram, and in my food/exercise journal on myfitnesspal.
  • Practice kindness.

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