2013 My Year in Review

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HI!  I’M BECKY.  WIFE, MOM, TWIN, DAUGHTER, SISTER, CHOCOHOLIC, COFFEE ADDICT, LOVER OF ALL THINGS BLING, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY A CHRISTIAN.  I AM FROM THE GOOD OL’ STATE OF ARKANSAS, MARRIED A TEXAN 12 YEARS AGO…NOW WE LIVE IN DFW.  I’VE BLOGGED HERE ON THE JAVA MAMA FOR 7 YEARS AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE!  HERE’S MY YEAR IN REVIEW:

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I switched to WordPress from Blogger.com and I am LOVING it and highly recommend to all of you!
Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Well, at the beginning of the year I wanted to lose the 30lbs I’ve been packing on for the past couple of years.  I’ll probably make the SAME resolution this coming year….sigh.
Did anyone close to you give birth?

Two of my sister-in-laws did
Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank the good Lord!
What countries did you visit?

Stayed in the US this year. Last year we visited Paris & London. This next year we were hoping to go back to London and Scotland….we’ll see!
What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

More confidence and less anxiety.
What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?

No date in particular: Birthdays, anniversaries, special moments. Or maybe my memory is just getting bad?
What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I made some tough decisions professionally, but overall I’m much happier because I stood up for what I believe in.  I grew my photography (small business) a little bit & some amazing blogging opportunities came my way.  I was in school for graphic design years ago.  I’ve always loved art and creative things.  It’s my outlet….so it’s been fun to explore that a bit further.
What was your biggest failure?

Not being able to see my family in Arkansas as much as I should have. My heart aches from not being able to see them more.  My Papa died a few years ago and I wasn’t there during his last days.  My Nannie was diagnosed with cancer this past year. I feel like I’m missing out on precious years with my family in Arkansas. It’s bittersweet.
Did you suffer illness or injury?

No, just a car accident recently. Gaaaaaah!
What was the best thing you bought?

A new phone. I just got a Samsung Galaxy S4 and I am LOVING it!  Waiting in line for 45 mins on Black Friday was totally worth it. And it was FREE!
Whose behavior merited celebration?

Uhm mine? Ha ha! I have no idea.  Everyone has good days and bad days….just do the best you can!
 Where did most of your money go?

FOOD…Isn’t that sad?
What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Oh gosh.  Lots of things. Nothing incredibly huge happened this year.  It was just a nice, easy year.  But I’m excited over everything basically 🙂
What song will always remind you of 2013?

Blurred Lines.  And several Miley songs…that’s so unfortunate. UGH.
Compared to this time last year, are you:

Happy.  Content.  Connor is so much fun at the age he’s at.  He asks a lot of questions.  Each phase is so much fun!
Happier or sadder?

Happy
Thinner or fatter?

Fatter. Boo!
Richer or poorer?

I wouldn’t say richer.  More financially stable.
What do you wish you’d done more of?

I need to get better at video taping things.  I want those to look back on someday.
What do you wish you’d done less of?

Watching TV.  Although I love watching a good show I know I need to do less of it.
How will you be spending Christmas?

We are going home to the farm in Arkansas.  I’m excited about that!  Then we’ll be back home by Christmas day to celebrate with our Texas family.
Did you fall in love in 2013?

No.
How many one-night stands?

ZERO. EVER.
Who were your best friends?

The same ones I’ve always had. My sister, Ellen, Sara, and Kristin.
What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?

I paid it forward a few times. I try to help those in need when I see it.
What were your favorite TV programs?

The Goldbergs. I  just love this new comedy set in the 80’s. My favorite Era.  Castle, The Mentalist, Suits, Scandal…and many more.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No.
What was the best book you read in 2013?

Fifty Shades of Grey. Gulp.
What was your greatest musical discovery?

I’m loving Pentatonix Little Drummer Boy right now.
What did you want and get?

Less hours at work
What did you want but did NOT get?

I didn’t win the lottery darn it!  I hope that in the future my husband can either find a job closer to where we live or we move so that we can have more time together as a family.
What was your favorite film of this year?

I haven’t been to the movies in ages.  I really liked “Now You See Me” & “World War Z”
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 32.  I think I went out to dinner…at this point I don’t even really celebrate birthdays!
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If I could quit working.  Stay at home and enjoy these last couple years of Connor at this young age.  Also, I’m on the verge of wanting to add another baby….but everything is so undecided.  But it’s all in God’s hands!
What kept you sane?

medication
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Nobody really.  I have always like Isla Fisher and Rachel McAdams.
What political issue stirred you the most?

Obama. Enough Said.
Who did you miss?

My family back in Arkansas and friends too!
Who was the best new person you met this year?

I met some great blogging friends in person for the first time.  That is always super special.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Do what you know is right in your heart.  Never change. God is always with you.
Quote that sums up your year:

“Your future is as bright as your faith’

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6 thoughts on “2013 My Year in Review

  1. I’m so excited that you will be able to go home for Christmas! What an eventful year! We will have to try to get together again soon! *hugs! (Love the last two by the way!)

  2. I was in Scotland in November – it was wonderful! If you do make it there in 2014 make sure you visit Saint Andrews. It was beautiful. I spent most of my time in Edinburgh but took a day trip to Saint Andrews and it was totally worth it. I loved it!

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