Monday, December 30, 2013

2013: The Craziest One Yet

2013 was a crazzzzy year. I wrote about it a few times towards the end of 2012. Before the year even started, I knew it’d be a wild one. 2013 brought lots of big events, some anticipated, some not. A new love, births, vacations, graduations, more trips, a small move, a new job, a new job, and more. 2013 was a year of emotional growth for sure. My heart and my maturity level grow 100 sizes. I was challenged to say goodbye to things I wasn’t ready to leave, yet I was blessed to great depths with things I never knew I could love as much as I do. It was a roller coaster ride for sure, but I’ll have to say… 2013 was the best one yet.

Let’s do a little recap:

I started my last semester of college! Ahhh! Talk about a weird feeling. My sweet baby niece was born, so my mom and I went to visit her in Tennessee a few weeks after she was born. It was love at first sight. I was so excited to be an aunt, especially because I have such great relationships with my aunts, but I was in for a surprise when I held her for the first time. It’s such a crazy feeling to love a little person so much. I can’t wait for her to grow up and for me to be the cool aunt she goes to when she can’t talk to her mom and dad about stuff. She is so beautiful.

Graham and I said the “L” word. The last time I told a boyfriend I loved them was in 10th grade and that absolutely was not love. This is the real deal. We celebrated a lovey dovey Valentines Day. I’ve never done that before, so it was nice to be pampered and showered with love (even though he does that everyday hehe ;) ). Later that month, we celebrated my best friend/roommate’s birthday and had an absolutely blast. I also started the hardest project of my life school-wise this month and the dots didn’t connect until I started working about how much that project prepared me for the real world.

Spring breaaaaak! I opted out of a beach trip with my best friends to go to San Francisco with Graham. We ate the best food ever, visited Alcatraz, drank wine in Sonoma, biked across the Golden Gate Bridge, and fell realllll deep in love. It was a magical trip that I’ll never, ever forget.

This month I started applying for jobs (and getting let down) and becoming more and more scared to graduate. I enjoyed beautiful weather and tried to soak up my last remaining days as a college student.  I didn’t get a job at my internship. I felt embarrassed and hurt. I put in a whole year with them for them to tell me there wasn’t room for me. This taught me patience, perseverance, and more importantly, to trust that things will work themselves out. Our whole gang went and saw Randy Rogers and I almost punched a high schooler in the face. Good times.

This month was nuts. My last day of school was at the beginning of May. For my graduation on the 17th, my whole family came into town for it. Organizing that bunch was…. hectic. But fun. I am so blessed that that many people love me and were willing to make that crazy trek down here. The day before I graduated, my sweet niece, Ella was born. It was so crazy to see my Kayla become a mom. After I graduated, I spent a lotttt of time applying for jobs, watching Game of Thrones, drinking wine, lovin on my boy, and wearing white jeans.

I spent too much time this month sitting around doing nothing. I was getting discouraged after applying for job after job after job with only a few interviews and no bites. My friends were all out of town, frolicking around Europe, and frankly I was bored to death. There was Graham, but he definitely sensed my unhappiness. It wasn’t a fun or easy time to be my boyfriend. I allowed myself to be unhappy and to dwell on things that ultimately didn’t matter (like finding a job right that second). G and I saw George Strait, then later saw Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, I went home a lot, and I made the stupid decision to rescue a puppy I couldn’t take care of. Phew. I’m exhausted thinking about that month.

I was still moping around this month, but things were getting better. Graham and I went to Las Vegas and it was a blast! We drank and gambled and loved on each other and saw a magic show. I spent a lot of time watching Netflix, preparing for a move because I signed the lease for my new big girl apartments, and did a lot of blogging stuff. Finallllly finally finally, a company I interviewed with in May wanted me to come back and do a second interview with them. I was hired! So in between moving at the end of July and saying goodbye to my beloved college apartment, I’d be starting a new job August 1st. Holy shit.

Started my new job! It was a super weird transition waking up early and going to work every single day. Initially, I struggled. I didn’t like my role and didn’t really understand why I had to do such bitch work. Luckily, as you’ll read further, I have absolutely grown to love my job and love the people I work with. And I don’t do bitch work anymore—in fact, I never really did. Graham and I traveled to Dallas, our group of friends got really into ping pong, and I got hooked on New Girl. Hilarious show. Watch now.

This month was filled with a lot of college football, work, a new workout routine, preparing for my parents move, both physically and emotionally. My parents put our house up for sale at the beginning of this month, so I made a few trips home getting things ready and boxing up my stuff.

Wooo Halloween month! I gorged myself with Halloween candy this month and really dove into my work. We went to JAB Fest and ACL Festand had a blast! Graham and I love going to concerts together and these were tons of fun. Singing and dancing and drinking ice cold beer is my idea of a goooooood time. We celebrated Halloween by dressing up as Maverick and Goose from Top Gun. I looked ridiculous. Next year, we’re dressing up as my choice.

My parents sold our house and moved to Tennessee. They told me by surprising me with the news, and I cried. I felt so bad. I’m so happy for them to retire and live in their dream house, but I’m sad to see them and my childhood home go. I spent the majority of the month preparing for Christmas because I’m a freak. Oh and I had the worst Thanksgiving ever. Fun stuff.

Another whirlwind of a month. Graham and I celebrated our one year anniversary. I can’t believe how quick a year goes by. Soon after was my 23rd birthday. Damn, I feel old. No one likes you when you’re 23, right? To celebrate my birthday and anniversary, Graham and I spent a weekend in San Francisco. We had no plans and it was such a great trip. It was super relaxing and was just what I needed before a week of crazy Christmas. Christmas was nuts, as always. I go to Tennessee every year, and now that my parents live there, it made my trip just a little more difficult. I love being up there, but I spread myself so thin in an attempt to spend time with everyone. And in 4 days, there’s only so much time I can spend with 20+ of my family members. It’s exhausting. Now, we’re off to see Willie Nelson and cheer on our Longhorns tonight! NYE tomorrow! Weeeee!

Phew, what a year. It was so full and so good. At times, it was quite the roller coaster, but I’ve learned that sometimes you have to endure the shitty stuff to find clarity and happiness down the road. All in all, 2013 was perfect. My heart is so full.

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