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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I realized that perfection isn’t attainable, but to brush close to perfection requires patience, and a lot of work.
I’ve also remembered that to be better at or to learn something, you actually have to work on it.
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.
I rediscovered the truth that creativity comes in all forms, and true creative work is best when given no predetermined ideas or judgement.
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.
- 2013: the year I discovered intuitive eating.
- January: Girls’ weekend!
- February: 3-sentence book reviews
- March: I put the scale away.
- April: I wanna rock!
- May: Blend Retreat and the time I left my heart in Colorado
Bonus: I’ve lost myself in Blogland
- June: My DC Adventure
- July: Life-changing news (as told through buzzfeed)
- August: Stop working out like it’s your job.
- September: My terrible, awful, no-good, very bad day
- October: Why I refuse to diet EVER again.
- November: I’m a Lumberajack and I’m OK [workout]
- December: Sweet Tunes Thursday — Best of 2013
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?