So, 2013 Happened

And what a year it was. I’m not sorry to see it go, either. It definitely was not the easiest year. We had our fair share of struggles and issues to deal with. I am optimistic that 2014 will be a much better year. We have high hopes and are looking forward to positive change in the New Year.

I looked back on the goals I set for myself 2013 and I found that I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped. In keeping with my re-discovered positive attitude though, I have just added those goals I didn’t accomplish in the past year to the list for the upcoming New Year… There are only a few hours left, you know!

I also looked back on my finishes from 2013. I have a few, but again, not as many as I had expected or hoped. I won’t dwell on this. Again, I will just look forward to accomplishing more of what I set out to do in 2014.

As I mentioned just a couple paragraphs ago, I made my list of goals and things I plan to do or accomplish in 2014. I don’t make resolutions, I feel like resolutions are always always always broken. I feel like if I just make them plans and goals then there are no resolutions to be broken. If I don’t accomplish them all there is no reason for me to feel guilty about it as I would if I had made actually resolutions. This list is a bit longer than the last year’s list but I think this coming year will be the year for accomplishing things. Because  I’m not really too worried about the long list. So here goes…:


  • Read 35 books in 2014 – I set a goal of 40 books in 2013 and only read 27. I thought maybe decreasing the goal a little bit was pertinent.


  • FINISH THE VINTAGE COLT – this was on my list for this past year, and it obviously didn’t happen…
  • Stitch on linen/evenweave – this was also on the list for 2013, also didn’t happen


  • Continue learning Photoshop – I learned a lot in 2013, but I have also learned that there is always more to learn!
  • Learn to use flash – I would like to do a bit more indoor photography and I think this would help me out a lot
  • Invest in a tripod
  • Print some of my best photos and have them framed and put on display in the apartment
  • Complete a photo project or two – I have a few ideas!


  • Keep tomato alive! – my tomato died again this season
  • Keep lettuce from bolting – my lettuce bolted again
  • Apply the lessons I have learned in years 1 & 2 of the balcony garden – there was lots learned, hopefully the 2014 season will be the best season yet!
  • Learn how to start tomatoes from seed and do it
  • Use the window boxes we purchased late last season – I’m thinking some nice flowers!
  • Get a stand for the second lettuce pot
  • Build a new garden stand to replace the rickety one I currently have – I’m thinking of building it out of cedar, both beautiful and durable
  • Grow one less container of green onions


  • Post more regularly – posting in 2013 kind of fell to the wayside and I hope to remedy that in 2014
  • Research self-hosting and decide whether or not I will start to self-host this blog
  • Create some new blog series – resurrect finishes around the house and possibly add some new ones


  • Continue the process of getting healthy and getting my health under control
  • Try some more crafting
  • Do more around the city – there are always things to do, and I want to do more of them!

I put this list on the blog for a couple of reasons.  1 – it makes for a great year-end/beginning of year blog post and 2 – it gives me a really easy way to look back at what I set out for myself to do in the year. It’s win-win really. I hope everyone has an excellent new year’s celebration and I wish nothing but the best for all of my readers in 2014.

Happy New Year!


3 thoughts on “So, 2013 Happened

  1. Good luck with all your goals! We have a few in common too 🙂 I keep hoping seeing other bloggers work towards the same goals as me will help me actually succeed…a little… Looking forward to hearing more from you in the new year!

    1. I read your post today and I was thinking it sounded familiar! I like to think it does help…knowing you’re not the only one striving toward a goal. Good luck yourself!!

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