I read this year-end recap on Kristen Howerton’s Rage Against the Minivan blog this year and thought it would be a fun tradition to do every year.
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Quite my full-time job. Got pregnant with our third kid. Started this blog. Went to Hawaii (more here and here). Went white water rafting. Took the kids to Sea World and Six Flags San Antonio for an impromptu vacation. Went to Detroit and Ann Arbor for a short visit. Went to Tallahassee. Started my part-time job and freelance writing. Started grad school and got straight A’s in my classes. Visited my parents at their new home in Tennessee several times.
We did a lot this year! I feel like we’re in a completely different place than we were in 2012, and I’m 100% thankful for that.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Uh, probably not since I cannot even remember at this moment what I said I would do. I probably would have said something like, lose weight or exercise more and that’s a negative on both. But I did make new years resolutions for next year and actually wrote them down.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A few friends welcomed some pretty swell babies.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, I’m sorry to say. JB’s awesome uncle Jack.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. Just more of America.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Greater personal life balance, more contentment in the little things in life, more confidence in myself, improvement in writing ability, and rewarding female friendships.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Hmm, none specific that I can think of, kid birthdays and anniversaries, maybe my last day of full-time work which was August 30. I think the year was pretty busy, so all the good and bad things kind of run together.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I’m going to say the adjustment to working from home part-time and being a primarily home-based parent, meaning picking up the extra housework, practicing kindergarten work with Knox, managing project deadlines amongst preschool pickups, and keeping up my grades despite a difficult graduate course load. All of this was a big transition for me and for our family.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I could be a better parent and friend to others.
I suck, sorry.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A freaking kidney stone put me in the emergency room during vacation in October. THAT SUCKED. Otherwise I’ve had the easiest pregnancy and healthy year. Even the flu, which took down everyone around didn’t even strike me.
I’ll probably get struck by lightning now after writing this.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I finally splurged on all the luxury baby things I really should have bought the first time I was pregnant, like a medela breast pump (sorry, dad that you have to read me write breast pump), a bugaboo stroller – which was purchased second hand at a steal of a price, a video baby monitor, and more. Those are fun.
12. Where did most of your money go?
As Away. We basically went from 2 steady incomes to 1.3. To say that was easy would be a lie.
13. What did you get really excited about?
I guess quitting my awful job and having a baby. Also going to Hawaii was pretty cool. I did get pretty pumped when I discovered that preschool pick up was also the same time as happy hour at Sonic, too.
14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier!
– thinner or fatter? My thinness is covered by all this baby fatness. So, yeah.
– richer or poorer? Life is much richer.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More traveling, more adventures, more photography, more writing, more learning, more teaching, more doing.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
18. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family in Tennessee! It was awesome. I have zero photographs of it. FAIL.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
I can’t pick one, that’s like naming a favorite child, sheesh.
Up there includes: Scandal, Orange is the new Black, Call the Midwife, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation, still watching Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl, and Pretty Little Liars (don’t judge me).
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Kelly Oxford’s Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Jim Gaffigan’s Dad is Fat, and Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 9th edition (waaaait…).
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
The Lumineers and Eddie Vedder.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I do a terrible job of catching movies. This year I only remember seeing four movies: Jobs, The Croods, that turkey movie, and Wolf of Wall Street. So I guess it would have to be Wolf of Wall Street by default, and also because, Leonardo DiCaprio.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Had a couple friends over, and pretended not to turn 30.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A million dollars…
Just kidding. That would help though. I’d say being content with what we have both in possessions and in relationships.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Two words: ROCKED IT.
26. What kept you sane?
Brian. The internet. Prayer.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Risks are almost always worth taking. Vulnerability is okay. Loving means sometimes hurting. The right door always opens, you just have to be prepared to walk through to wherever it may lead.