I don't always do these reflections in my rear view mirror type posts. I've done them in the past (I blew the dust off my bloggy archives and found my first, only only year in review Q&A) but I've skipped them these past few years. Not that I don't ever feel reflective, I do, but I am usually too lazy to document said reflections.
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? We went to Boston in July.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn't make any official resolutions or goals except for the ones that always seem to carry over by default every year like be better, be more disciplined, lose weight, blah, blah, diggitty, blah.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Nope.
5. What countries did you visit? No international travel this year. Pity.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? Contentment with what I have (this is one of those carry over things from year to year). And more self-control (in lots of areas).
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Our vacation in July to Boston and Maine and then our trip to New York City in September, spending time with family and exploring together.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? This isn't huge but over the summer I participated in a few monthly running challenges through Instagram to run/walk a certain number of miles each month. I think I only reached my goal one month but working toward a goal each month kept me focused.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not a specific or huge failure but I wish I stayed more consistent with my exercise and healthier lifestyle, I tend to fall off the wagon and then struggle to hop back on.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Thankfully no.
11. What was the best thing you bought? My Clarisonic Mia.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Hmm…not sure.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Certain celebrities. The media.
14. Where did most of your money go? Clothes/shoes/make-up and travel.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to NYC for Annelise's tenth birthday in September. Our girls' getaway in September and seeing Mumford and Sons live in September. Yes, September was my favorite month.
16. What song will always remind you of 2013? Why did Blurred Lines immediately pop in my head. Ugh. But I can't lie, it's catchy.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer? Hmm…marginally happier, about the same for the last two.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Organizing/De-Cluttering and Project Life (sigh). Sending handwritten notes. Being more intentional. Sharing more random acts of kindness. You know, the usual.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Casual spending. And time wasted online/television.
20. Did you fall in love in 2013? No.
21. What was your favorite TV program? I love the twists and turns and general soap opera-y-ness of Scandal. Please don't hate. I'm also attached to The Walking Dead (yes, I'm one of those people), Parenthood, Mad Men and I hated to see Breaking Bad end but am at peace with Walter White's last hurrah.
22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No. Plus hate sounds really harsh. But I still strongly dislike a few.
23. What was the best book you read? No huge life altering, standout favorite this year but I loved discovering JoJo Moyes' books The Girl You Left Behind and Me Before You; Where Did You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple and Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris were both laugh out loud funny while making you think too; Life After Life by Kate Atkinson was the most unusual style of story and Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life and Quiet by Susan Cain were the best non-fiction books I read.
24. What was your greatest musical discovery? How going to an outdoor concert with a majority of hipsters can either make you feel cool and hip just like them or the oldest fuddy duddies. Either way, I LOVED getting to see Mumford and Sons perform live in September.
25. What did you want and get? A new iPhone5s.
26. What did you want and not get? To get rid of my muffin top (although there were moments--a few--when it was less pronounced).
27. What was your favorite film of this year? It's really sad to have seen several movies, which I'm sure I did, and not be able to have a solid standout favorite. Maybe Frozen?
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 45 (gasp!). Scott and I went to see Catching Fire then to Annelise's school for their Grandparents' Day program with my dad and Peggy finishing up with linner at The Cheesecake Factory.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Just one? Really? I have no idea.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Casual comfort, trendy and wannabe edgy but moving toward simple basics with fun accessories. Also leopard and faux fur make everything more fun.
31. What kept you sane? When I did it regularly, exercise. Also talking and laughing with good friends.
Okay, enough reflecting.
Here's to a fresh start with a bright and shiny 2014.
Let's do this!
Happy New Year!!