December 31, 2013

2k13: a year in review

January. I started this year in Waupaca visiting Justin, and it was the best way to ring in the new year. I was still exhausted from Christmas season at Lifetouch and enjoyed all the days off that come with the slow season. I spent a lot of time cuddling with my Buddykitty. January was the month I decided to start doing ootd's and vowed to start blogging more.
February. There was a memorable amount of snow, including the time I had to drive to Southridge and back in it with my crappy car. I started watching Grey's Anatomy for the first time on Netflix (#lifechangingdecision). I counted down the days until Adrian's opened in March.
March. I WENT TO CALIFORNIA. I fell in love with San Francisco. I wanted to live in Yosemite. My trip to the west coast was awesome and was definitely one of the highlights of 2013. Adrian's opened a week after I got back. We had to put Buddy down. :( My friends and I started hanging out at IHOP, drinking coffee & eating breakfast & laughing until the wee hours of the morning.  At the end of the month, I quit my job at the studio--which was such a long time coming. It felt good to do something for me.
April held more change... I quit my job at Adrian's, packed up all my stuff, and moved 3 hours north to live with Justin. I turned 21. I got a job at Hardee's. I got the hang of all this fashion blogging stuff.
In May, I went exploring. I found my favourite photo spots. I got into the swing of things and found my routine. I went home for Chocolate Fest for the first time since I moved and was confronted with different ideas of home.
June was month for growth, for realizing that bumps in the road are inevitable and you have to deal with them and get over them. Lots of adventures were had and it was the perfect start to summer.
July was the perfect adventure month. Diners, taking pictures of wildflowers on the side of the road, going back to Burlington for a few days. I became an auntie in July. The sun was high and life was really really good.
August. We started apartment hunting. We adventured. I went home twice--once for girl's night with some old friends from high school, and once for senior pictures. I only photographed two seniors this year... a far cry from the 11 I did last year. Justin and I celebrated a year of us.
September. I lost my photo mojo. I quit my 365. I celebrated the loss of my innocence and the journey it's taken me on and all the opportunities it's brought me from how I've learned to deal with it.
October. My favourite month, and I have hardly any pictures to show for it... It was Justin's birthday, the start of my favourite season, WE MOVED INTO THE APARTMENT. Monumental, and absolutely perfect.
November. We got into the groove of living by ourselves. I fell in love with morning light, fell in love with quiet, in love mornings in general. I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner.
December. I got my second tattoo. Celebrated Christmas. Reflected a lot on time and love and home and how much I've changed this year.

2013. If I had to pick a word for you, it would be home. I feel like I have two homes now: one in Waupaca, and one in Burlington. It was the year I learned how to be an adult and how to do things for myself. I grew so much in 2013, and I'm excited to extend this growth into 2014.

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