I began 2013 with a theme in the back of my mind: simplify. Living in 2013 seemed complicated at the time, but now that I’ve had time to reflect, I realize that I learned many life lessons this past year that will allow me to simplify things moving forward.

things I learned in 2013 // lifeplusrunning.com

In 2013 I finally realized that eating healthy and working out isn’t supposed to or going to make me look like a supermodel. I also determined without a doubt that I’m not destined to be a dietitian or a personal trainer.

eating healthy isn't about a number, and working out isn't about looking like a supermodel // lifeplusrunning.com

I decided that 30 is just a number and not the end of the world, just like the number of calories I eat, and the number I see, or rather, don’t see anymore, on the scale.

I finally figured out that I can plan every waking hour, but I’m not in control of life. I’m actually pretty adaptable, given all the right (and wrong) circumstances. It’s much more enjoyable if I just sit back and enjoy the ride.

I learned that no matter how much you think you love somebody, you can’t love that person fully until you forgive them.

forgive to fully love // lifeplusrunning.com

I am aware that there are different kinds of friendships, and one kind of friendship is not more or less valid than another kind of friendship. Inevitably life will change these relationships, but some remain the same, no matter the distance or time that’s passed between two people.

blend 2013 // lifeplusrunning.com

some friendships never change // lifeplusrunning.com

I discovered that if you truly love something, make it a priority in your life, no matter where it fits in with your career, family, or friends.

if you love something, make it a priority no matter where it fits in the rest of your life // lifeplusrunning.com

if you love something, make it a priority no matter where it fits in the rest of your life // lifeplusrunning.com

I realized that perfection isn’t attainable, but to brush close to perfection requires patience, and a lot of work.

nearing perfection requires patience, and a lot of work // lifeplusrunning.com

I’ve also remembered that to be better at or to learn something, you actually have to work on it.

to learn something, you actually have to work on it // lifeplusrunning.com

to learn something, you actually have to work on it // lifeplusrunning.com

I now know that you can’t plan every moment, but I’m trying to be cognizant of every moment in which I live. I also recently rediscovered the quiet joy of living (mostly) unplugged.

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I've rediscovered the joy of living life (mostly) unplugged // lifeplusrunning.com

I rediscovered the truth that creativity comes in all forms, and true creative work is best when given no predetermined ideas or judgement.

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creativity is best without a pre-determined outcome and without judgement. // lifeplusrunning.com

And, finally, I see that people love reading “year in review” lists, so here is a compilation of some of my favorite moments from 2013.

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Even though it didn’t seem like it at the time, 2013 was a fantastic year. I learned so much about myself this year, and am looking forward to seeing what the new year brings.

What was your favorite moment from 2013? 

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8 Responses to Things I learned in 2013.

  1. I seriously love this post and all that you learned! And as I was opening my jar of good things, I was reminded of the girl’s weekend we had at your place with Amanda and seriously miss you ladies. <3
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..Opening The Jar Of Good ThingsMy Profile

  2. lindsay says:

    a year of growth for you friend. here’s to a year of renewal. xxoo

  3. Also, you should link this up to my post today! Also also can’t wait to hang out with you! ;)
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted..Best of 2013 Link-UpMy Profile

  4. This is beautiful friend! xoxo I love reading and seeing how much we have all grown in 2013. You are a blessing to me! I’ve learned that I need to say no more in 2014. 2013 was too busy.
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..Double Date and The Snow that Wasn’tMy Profile

  5. Katy says:

    These are great lessons. Hope you the best in 2014… happy new year!

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