I know there are recaps going on everywhere, but I felt the need to partake in this because, honestly, 2013 was the best year of my life thus far. I’m not exaggerating when I say that; I feel extremely lucky to have experienced all that I did these past twelve months and to have made many new friends (including you!).
So raise up your green smoothies in celebration as I toast to 2013:
I bought my first pair of real running shoes in hopes of training for my first half-marathon.
I started this blog. << first post hilariousness right there
I celebrated my 21st year on the planet with the best parents ever.
I completed my first half-marathon.
And I partied it up at my cousin’s wedding with my family!
I relived my childhood at Kennywood with my friend from birth.
I started one of the best experiences of my life, my summer internship, with the never-ceasing support of my parents.
I made a lifelong friend from my internship team who enjoys peanut butter and running and yoga and green smoothies just as much as me.
I made the most of my time with two amazing new friends before they left Pittsburgh and our internship.
One of my best babes was in tow on our family vacation.
My grandparents finally got to visit my school.
I ran the Pittsburgh Turkey Trot with my brother, something that I hope to do every year. Plus, I dyed my hair, which was a big risk for me!
I saw an incredible show put on by none other than Justin Timberlake with my dad.
And I spent some quality time with my bestie, continuing annual traditions.
2013 was a year of incredible growth, and it brought me so much happiness. I made new friends, strengthened old friendships, and tried new things. I learned a lot about myself this year – what direction I want my career to take, what I am personally and professionally passionate about, and who is important to me. I realized that I love Pittsburgh and am okay with not jet-setting off to some faraway land after graduation. And finally, I learned that I am ready to move on to the next step of my life.
I don’t know what 2014 has in store for me, but I am hopeful.
See you next year. xo