This post is really late. It’s already 17 days into 2014, and it seems that only now I’ve found time to actually reflect on 2013. So this is my very untimely recap. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t somewhat relieved when 2013 came to a close. The year was full of amazing experiences, but it was also full of change, which is something I’ve never had a good relationship with. That being said, the experiences I had this year–both good and bad–still made 2013 the best yet, which is how it’s supposed to be, I think. Keep finding things that make you happy. Keep moving forward. Make every year better than the last. This year was full to the brim with beautiful moments and adventures. I traveled, I made new friends, I explored, I took endless amounts of photos, I made videos of people and places that make me happy. It was also filled with lots of change. Goodbyes, heartbreak, confusion, uncertainty–the shit that makes you really appreciate all the good stuff. And the shit that makes you learn. A lot.
I wanted to make a video of my year, but I realized I didn’t have enough video of the everyday stuff. Like when I moved into my new apartment, or when I graduated, or nights hanging out with my friends, and walks with my mom and our dog, Millie. Which is why I’m going to try to do a better job at capturing the everyday stuff this year. All the stuff in between the big stuff. Because sometimes I forget how important those moments are until I want to look back at them. But while I didn’t take a lot of video of the stuff in between, I most definitely have photos. Almost too many. So here’s the big stuff, the small stuff, and the stuff in between from this year–the stuff I remember when I look back on 2013.
1. Travel. I added Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Texas to my list of visited states. I realized that I probably need to live in the Northwest some day. I road tripped a lot. To Kansas, to Iowa, to Chicago, to small-town Nebraska, to Minneapolis, to Austin. I slept on floors and couches and in tents and cars. Some things were planned, some were not. All of it was wonderful.
2. I did a lot of growing up. I graduated from college and watched my little sister graduate from high school. I got an internship that turned into a job that I absolutely love. And now I get to do things that I love like take pictures and make videos–and get paid for it (this is something that still blows my mind). I moved out of my college house and into my mom’s house. I moved into an apartment. I learned that real life is actually pretty cool. I’m really happy to be here.
4. I took photos and made videos every single moment that I could. When people asked, I said yes. When no one asked, I made projects for myself. I created as much as I could.
5. Then there was all the stuff in between. The coffee, the car rides, the the lazy days, the adventure days, the trees, the couches, the porch nights, the late nights, the sunsets, the blue skies, et cetra, et cetra. All the good stuff that glues everything else together.
Cheers, and thanks for reading.