Monday, January 6, 2014

{My Life} A Look Back At 2013

I don't know about you all, but I love the start of a new year.  I don't necessarily think there is anything special or different about January 1st, but it serves as a nice little imaginary reset button.  A day (or a week or so in my case) to reflect on the year that just passed and contemplate what's in store for the one to come.  

2013 wasn't a year for the record books by any means, but as I look back on everything that happened in 2013, I'm happy to say it was a pretty good year.  Here's a quick little look back at my year, with pictures of course!  

We kicked off 2013 with a big bash at our house.

We had an awesome weekend watching college hockey (UND to be more specific) in Omaha with friends in February.

Then spent a week in LA.

In the beginning of March, I was hired by Holly Becker to be her Assistant and Project Coordinator.  One of the highlights of my year for sure!  

Also in March, my sister and I took a little day trip to Stillwater to do some shopping (one of the many fun sister days throughout the year).  

April 1st, 2013...I turned 30!  

Mid April it start to get really nice out, so Jason and I tackled a little daybed DIY project for the deck. And then, it snowed again!

In May, I decided this was going to be the year I became a better gardner.  I would start with containers on the deck. 

In June, I went to keep Jason company in Vegas where I drove a go-cart for the week, met some new friends, and had lots of wine flights.  When I came home, all my plants had died which leads me to...

Container garden 2.0.  I was not born with that green thumb people speak of.  

In July, I was asked to lead a workshop at my local West Elm.  I didn't have a great turn out (which I chalk up to it being the middle of summer and not giving people much notice), but it was a great experience that I learned a lot from!  

Jason and I also celebrated our 5th Anniversary.  After all kinds of fun meals and nights out in Vegas, we opted for a quiet night in.    

In August, Doggert and I had a little staycation and checked out city life.  It was fun, but it was nice to get back home.

We also headed to the North Shore for a weekend to celebrate our friends marriage.  Such a beautiful place!

And shortly after we got back, I began to conquer my dental fears and had some pretty major work done that had been looming over me for quite some time.  After more dentist appointments then I can count, I will finally be done with the whole ordeal at the end of this week. 

In September, I went to Vancouver to help with some photo shoots for my lovely boss's new book.  It was such an amazing experience!  One that I hope I get to re-live often! 

We also made a little trip to Grand Forks to see one of our best friends get married and to meet our new niece.  

All the sudden it was favorite time of year!

In October, I went to NYC to cover an event for decor8 and as result got to do a post which you can read here!  

I also got to meet these two sweet boys (John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino from HGTV's Kitchen Cousins) while I was there.

I came home all inspired to DIY and that led to me sprucing up some of our lighting. 

And that continued into holiday DIYing.  

In the blink of an eye, it was time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Both were lovely!

I of course left out all kinds of everyday moments that stick out...trips to the lake, sister dates, time spent with family and friends, lovely house guests, you name it, but I think this post would be a bit too long (I mean it already is), if I included everything.  

Happy 2014 everybody!  I wish you all the best!  


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