Happy New Year! 2013: A Year in Review

The past 365 days have been full of ups and downs, momentous occasions and heartache for me. I have to admit that this time last year, I looked forward to the coming year with an unusual amount of optimisim. I’ve always been an optimistic person, but in this case, when I looked down the road, I felt that there were a lot of milestones in my life that I couldn’t wait to get to. On the other hand, I was a smidge worried that 2013 – an unlucky number to start off with – would deal me only misfortune instead of happiness.

The beginning of the year started off with a bang and went strong until about September (you’ll see why below). I was living in Boston with some of the best friends a girl could ask for. I was in my final semester in grad school and couldn’t wait to graduate. My sister welcomed a new little boy to their family which means I was an aunt again. But more than anything, I was moving from Massachusetts to Georgia to finally be reunited with the love of my life. And we were getting married.

These were all the positives. The negatives on the other hand…

Probably the biggest negative was my move to Georgia. It was a move I’d been looking forward to honestly. Max and I were going to be living within driving distance of each other; we’d get to spend every weekend together – that was a lot better than seeing each other every 3-4 months for a weekend at a time. If only that would have worked out how I’d envisioned.

Max ended up getting deployed twice this year – once from February through June (he came back early for our wedding) and then again this September. He’s been gone roughly 9 months out of 2013. As a June bride, we’ve been married for 6 months, half of which he’s been deployed to Afghanistan and away from me. Boo.

So I guess you could say that living in Georgia hasn’t exactly panned out how I’d thought. I moved here to be closer to my husband, not half a world away. Not to mention, I’m not exactly a huge fan of Georgia. In fact, I can’t stand living here. I wouldn’t lie to you! Georgia kinda sucks, especially middle Georgia where the funnest thing to do is to drive at least 2 hours in any direction for any semblance of fun (Atlanta, Savannah, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina).

Sometimes that’s how it works though, right? Life’s little twists and turns take you by surprise and what you thought was a blessing can actually turn out to be a letdown.

Oi. Things got a little deep there for a minute, huh? Let’s move on to 2014 and how I’m wildly excited for it 🙂

2014. How I’m so excited you’re finally here.

Max comes home to me soon. We have a ton of trips we’re looking forward to taking, including our family vacation down to Florida, a trip out to Savannah for St Patty’s, a jaunt down to Universal Studios to check out Harry Potter World, a friend’s wedding in Tennessee.

The best part about all of this? Max and I will be together. For the whole year. No deployments for him! Yay! Now that’s quite a turn around from 2013. And that’s exactly why I’m beyond thrilled to have 2013 behind us.

We’ll be traveling, we’ll be having fun, we’ll be together, and we’ll be celebrating our first anniversary and untechnically our first holiday season together as a couple (we missed the first one due to his deployment).

How did your 2013 pan out? Was it full of ups or downs or both? 

What’re you most excited about for 2014?

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