For the fifth year, I want to take a moment and pause to remember this year. I am incredulous over the fact that another year is over. Really? Wasn’t I just getting home from our Puerto Rico trip last month? You mean it’s been an entire year?
It’s been a bit of a wild ride this year. Let’s review:
Bought nothing for the month. Got an iPhone. Designed a website for Lacey. Designed a website for Neil. Wrote a lot about our trip to Puerto Rico. Went sled riding. Drank wine and ate cupcakes at an Arthritis Foundation fundraiser with Rachel. Did my taxes for my business for the first time.
Another month of buying nothing (gotta make up for all the traveling!). Practiced yoga daily. For Lent, I tried to not use screens while talking to someone. (I need to reinstate this. Badly.) Spent a weekend in Cleveland for a mini winter getaway.
First paid blogging gig. Discovered that pregnancy was a miscarriage. Was crushed.
Designed a site for a gorgeous model-slash-actress. Redesigned my own sites. Met a celebrity at my local Starbucks. Got rid of some junk (note: need to do more of this in 2014). Got pregnant again & had another miscarriage. Confirmed it the day before we left for Hawaii.
Gabe turned 3 and started preschool. Got repeat pregnancy loss testing, results were all normal. Traveled to Palms Springs, California for a female designer retreat.
Road trip to the farm in West Virginia for a weekend. Felt like crap due to pregnancy…can’t remember much else.
This year had some bright spots (Hawaii! Road trips with friends! Palm Springs!), but it’s obvious I spent much of year in a terrible cycle of pregnancy-loss-grief (and I have the stack of medical bills to prove it). I hoped for a better year business-wise, too. Instead of dwelling on the negative (WORST YEAR), I want to focus on how I kept going. I was stronger than I ever thought I could be. That is what I take away from 2013. I want to take that into 2014 and make it a great year. Because it has to be better, right?
Let’s go, 2014! Be awesome!