In sights and scene, the start of 2014 felt a lot like 1961, or how I imagine a New Year’s Eve party in 1961 felt. A group of us went to a vintage bar in North Beach that threw a throwback party featuring live soul bands for NYE. We did our best to channel our favorite Mad Men characters’ wardrobes and got down on the dance floor for the first hour of 2014.
For me the end of 2013 came quickly and with many good memories in tact from the past 12 months. Jordan and I got to chatting about all the things we did in 2013, and, phew, what a list!
All years have a different primary feeling associated with them, and I feel for those who struggled through last year and any year. 2007 and 2010 were years of change and a bit of gloom for me. They were also the years that most pointedly shaped me and helped me recognize and appreciate good years, like this one. So no matter what kind of year you had, I hope you came out of it stronger and ready for a fresh start.
Looking back on 2013 gives me so many reasons to count my many blessings. I had so many opportunities to spend time with my loved ones and visit exotic places, which I wrote down as my priorities for the year at this time last year. I also wrote down “save more money.” Alas something had to give, so I’ve got high hopes and fewer travel plans in 2014. Before we get to that, here are just a few of the great things that happened in 2013.
In the spring, we kicked off the first of a pair of 30th birthday party surprises. Two weeks after my big sis got engaged, we surprised her at her New York apartment for her 30th birthday. Things promptly got out of hand in Brooklyn in the best way possible.
And then a few weeks later, for Jordan’s 30th, we surprised him with a party!
One week later we left for Iceland, which is quite possibly the most beautiful place on the planet. I saw and touched a glacier for the first time.
But why stop there? We kept the party going as we explored Norway too.
We came home to our first San Francisco summer, where my sister and her fiance had moved into our building, and I borderline passed out due to disbelief and excitement. I blew a proverbial fuze, if you will.
Then we went to Yosemite, a new national park for me. Another fuze blown.
Things finally slowed down a bit in the early fall. I stayed in San Francisco, got a promotion (woo!), and worked my tail off. In November I broke for our trip to gorgeous fall-ridden Seattle.
In 2013, we also hosted a plethora of guests, spent a few weekends at Donner Lake, and I dressed like a zombie for Halloween. And then I couldn’t believe that the holidays were here. I took a blogging break to enjoy time with my family and press the restart button before the start of the new year. I got a small christmas tree, walked on the beach, went on a sister date, started dog stalking officially, and overall had a fantastic time not working and sleeping until I wanted to get up. Now I’m filled with excitement for all that awaits in 2014.
This year, I’m a co-maid-of-honor in my sister’s wedding, which means I’m planning a bridal shower and bachelorette party. It also means I’m due to be a standing-near-the-alter babbling cry-face in 8 short months. We’re even heading back to Yosemite in the spring but this time with one of my dearest college friends and her boyfriend. Outside of festivities and trips, I’m aiming to save a chunk of change, mind my manners better when it comes to iPhone use, and be more charitable in 2014.
2013 was a year of self-indulgence, no doubt. While it goes down as one of my favorite years ever and one I’m most thankful for, I’ve started to recognize in myself some grand expectations and wants that seem less than necessary or attractive. To start this year on a more humble note and adjust my expectations of what one actually needs to live, I’m starting the year on a spending hiatus. I’d also like to write and send more cards, and volunteer more of my time.
It’s going to be a calmer, humbler, more altruistic year for me, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you. Thank you, really, for coming around and reading my words. It’s an awesome feeling to have your comments to read each week. So thank you, grazie, merci, and gracias, so much.
What are you aiming for this year? Describe your 2013 in one word.