Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Reflecting back on 2013
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Reflecting back on 2013

8:00 AM

Even though in yesterday’s post I talked a little bit about my take on New Year’s resolutions and how I haven’t had one in the past few years.  If you didn’t read it, long story short is they just don’t work for me.  I make one, but I never stick to it.  I give major props to the people who stick to their resolutions.  Instead of having a resolution I reflect on the past year. 

One major thing I don’t do is think “what could I have done differently?”  My opinion is that everything in my life happens for a reason.  No matter how many hardships I had to go through, I know it’s not just for kicks.  I went through all of the good and bad things in my life to be the person I am today.  Who I am today is NOT who I was a year ago.  I did not view life the same, and I for sure was not a positive person.  I always had some negativity following me.  It took a major change in my life to realize I’ve been so stupid (for lack of a better word).  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve read all of the million (ok, a million is pushing it) times I’ve mentioned my friend Dan.  He changed my life even in death.  I can never thank him enough for how he opened my eyes.  This past year was an ongoing goal to change my life.  Not to change it with my job, or even starting this blog, or losing weight, just to change my outlook.  Change my negative thoughts to positive.  Misery loves company right?  Why waste precious time?

My reflection of this past year is a good one.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  A little over a year ago I landed my dream job.  In the past year I’ve started blogging again, I’ve made new friends who haven’t let me down, and I’ve experienced so much.  With 2014 less than 24 hours away I’d like to say something to everyone, if anyone is reading this.  Enjoy life because life is short.  Is that argument really worth being THAT upset over?  Is your life really THAT tough compared to others?  Why are you frowning when it takes fewer muscles in your face to smile?  Those are the questions I ask myself.  Ever since I started trying to see the positive in everything my life has been positive.  Don’t get me wrong there were times where I cried my eyes out or times where I thought how can this be possibly happen, but I didn’t give up and I kept going.

Life is kind of like ice skating.  Please don’t get upset with my ice skating stories, I’ve just been doing it a lot lately so it’s always in my head.  You will fall when you skate.  Even the best skaters fall, but they don’t stay down unless they’re severely hurt.  They get right back up and keep skating.  I’ve already fallen a few times during ice skating and my last fall was actually pretty painful but I got right back up and didn’t give up.  I was learning how to do something on my skates and I fell, it’s normal.

I guess what I’m trying to say is Hakuna Matata.

Now if you read all of that, here are some of my favorite outfits and pictures of 2013.  I’ll try to keep this to a minimum.

Favorite picture of 2013.  I went to a sunflower farm during the summer and loved every second of it.

I entered into a contest on Lookbook (click here to see my looks).  Unfortunately I didn't win, but I did get a lovely picture out of it.

These boots have been through H E double hockey sticks and back with me.  They are one of my souvenirs from Texas.  So many memories with these babies.

This was a "Pick your own" flower farm by my home.

Perfect angle.  Just as an FYI I was on the back of a bike when I took this, yea I have skills! Haha.


Best Birthday Ever!

My first blogger meetup that I organized!

My first Lucky FABB.

Dan, I wish you were here to celebrate another new year but you're not.  I know you're not here anymore physically but I know you're here in spirit.  I know you come to visit me every once in a while to tell me everything will be ok and to just smile.  I can never repay you for how you have changed my life.  I'll see you when it's my time.

Happy New Year everyone!  May all your wishes, dreams, goals, and resolutions come true.  May y’all experience love, happiness, and success in this next year!

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  1. What a beautiful sunflower farm! We visited some sunflower fields in France this summer, and one of my biggest regrets is not getting a photo in the field.

    1. Oh my gosh I'm so jealous of you right now! France AND a sunflower field??!! You lucky girl.

  2. Happy New Year! Great reflections! Isn't it fabulous to feel secure in your life? Love the photos!
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    1. Yes it definitely is amazing to feel that way. Thank you so much!


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