Happy 2014! (and a look back at 2013)

It’s kind of an understatement to say that 2013 was a great year. I want to call 2013 monumental, but even that doesn’t sound quite right. The truth is, 2013 was a life-changing year.

Inspired by my good friend Mindy at Budget Fairy Tale, I decided to list it all out. The year felt so full, but the list seems lean.

2013 in review

Photo by Redfield Photography

In January, I helped my good friend with the premiere of her show. In February, we talked about STD’s, Valentine’s Day gifts, and more wedding gowns! In March, I finally decided on a wedding gown. Finally. And I shared my favorite post to date: Your Wedding Is Not All About You. We talked about wedding color palettes, and our Jamaican honeymoon, among other things. In April, I shared what Team Bridal would be wearing, and detailed the saga of The Day My Engagement Ring Broke. I also shared my bossy opinion on how to hold your bouquet, which I may or may not have followed at my own wedding…stay tuned for that post in the near future. In May, I turned 37 and wrote about Being an “Older” Bride, as well as my love affair with a font. June brought a trip to New York City and my bridal shower, as well as new love of all things Stitch Fix!

In July, we decoded the dress code, I decided to monogram everything I own, and I broke down what planning a long distance wedding is REALLY like. We finally got to see what the renovation of our wedding venue looked like, and we saw the 100 day mark fly by! August brought my final dress fitting (which I barely survived), and my bachelorette weekend! In September, we covered custom wedding invitations, the horror at not getting all your RSVP’s on time, and holy shit, how did we get to 30 DAYS?!?!

Finally, or rather – what the hell? – it was October.  And Bob the Builder and I were on our way to Philly. And then,We Did It!  We got married! And it was wonderful, and flawed, and perfect, and exhausting and amazing.

And then we ran off to Cape May for a few days to cocoon ourselves away together. (Post on this coming up later.)

November came and we hosted our usual Orphan Thanksgiving, and then suddenly…December! I decided our wedding made me a “maker”, MoxieDad stopped by to give us his unique perspective on the wedding, and I started the wedding recaps!

Whew! 2013 was the best, you guys.

Even still, I am SO looking forward to 2014. I’ve got a lot of big plans in the works! First of all, I’m working very hard on growing and expanding this blog. In the next few weeks, we may be off line for a minute or two, as I do some behind-the-scenes tech stuff (that I have to admit I don’t 100% understand), but in the end will make for a better experience for everyone, hopefully!

I also have kind of a big life announcement.

(No, I’m not pregnant!)

In November, I went back to school to study event and corporate planning. In 2014, I will be opening a wedding planning business! I will definitely go into this in more detail next year, but it’s something I have always loved and wanted to do  – I flirted with the idea seven years ago.  After our wedding, I really missed the creative (and logistical) aspects of planning. I think sometimes if you’re paying attention, the universe lets you know what’s next. And this is what’s next for me.

I saw this quote the other day, and it spoke to me.

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I think, in some ways, 2013 was a question year for me. And 2014 will be an answer year. We shall see.

I suspect this coming year will be a BUSY one. And I can’t wait!

I usually make a list of resolutions, but this year I am trying something new. I am choosing a word that will be my Word of the Year. What’s the word?


I’m hoping that I during the times I feel particularly overwhelmed by life, I can remember my word, and go forth with Confidence. It will probably begin as a “fake it til you make it” sort of thing, but that’s ok with me. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Also, I want to share my favorite quote, possible of all time. I think it’s certainly appropriate for my upcoming year.

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I wish you all a 2014 full of good health, love, light, happiness, travel, snuggles, dreams realized and wishes granted.

Anyone else have a Word of Year? Share them below!!


4 Comments on Happy 2014! (and a look back at 2013)

  1. 50Peach (@50peach)
    January 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    what a great post and AMAZING year!! So happy for your marriage and your super exciting news about the business venture. I support you all the way. Go, girl!! xo

  2. prettymindy
    January 1, 2014 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    Haha, when I saw this on Facebook I totally thought you were pregnant! Congrats on your new business! Let me know if I can do anything to help. Cheers to 2014!


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