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My Favorite Moments of 2013

December 31, 2013

2013 was a busy, but good year. Here’s a few highlights 🙂

I finished my 12 Races in 12 Months goal.
12MonthsofRacingI finally wrote down (or typed out) my 30 Before 30 list.
Went to a ton of concerts.

PassionPit2Kept trying out new baking recipes.
Ran my second half marathon, and finished under 2 hours.

GoSTL2013_MedalTook a trip to Nashville for Tim’s birthday.
Got to enjoy some of the best things about summer—sailing, food trucks, Ozarks, more baking.
Finished my second triathlon (I’m already signed up for the 2014 one!)

NewTownTri2Spent the 4th of July in my favorite place to spend the 4th of July—my hometown in Nebraska.
I turned 26 and my car was hit and totaled within 2 days of each other. Happy Birthday?
Was honored to be a bridesmaid in two weddings in the same month.
After a year of waiting, Tim and I finally headed to New Zealand and Australia for two weeks.

QueenstownOh, and we celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in Sydney. Amazing.


Ran the Skippo in Castlewood for the second year in a row.
My family came down to St. Louis for Thanksgiving. Good thing we have two bathrooms.
We to the 4th annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
ugly_christmas_sweater_2013Tim’s beard grew out of control because of a bet.
Celebrated Christmas in Nebraska with my family and here in St. Louis with Tim’s family.

Thanks for a great 2013…let’s hope 2014 is even better! Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.


Everyday Moments

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2013


Spend time with those that mean the most to you, eat and drink too much, be merry and bright, count your blessings, and enjoy the moment.

Merry Christmas!


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My 2013 Goals

January 20, 2013

As I’m finishing up last year’s goal of running 12 races in 12 months (this coming weekend is my last one!), I decided it was time to start thinking of this year. Because I have another goal oriented “something” in the works, I wanted to keep this year’s goals not only different from last year, but on the small and bit more meaningful side of things.

1. Buy fresh flowers more often. Though I’ve never been a huge flower person, I still appreciate them. They bring in a certain freshness to spaces with their colors and  scents. I’m not quite sure how often I’ll buy them…maybe once a month?…but compared to how often I buy them now (practically never), it will be an improvement.

2. Tell people Happy Birthday/Congratulations/etc in person, over the phone rather, or with a card rather than by social media. Social media is such a funny thing in our lives. It allows us to stay up-to-date with people better, but it (in my opinion) has made us more impersonable. We’ve stopped the face to face interactions, phone conversations and letter writing because of it. So this year I want to be more personable with the people in my life and communicate in ways other than Facebook. They deserve it.

3. Take a photography class and learn how to use our DSLR camera. We received a Nikon D3100 as a wedding gift and while I’m dying to learn how to use it, I’m also pretty intimidated. So come this spring or summer, I’ll be looking for a photography class so I can get that camera off the “Automatic” mode and get really familiar with the manual settings. We haven’t decided if we’re taking it to New Zealand and Australia with us yet, but if we do, I want to make sure I know how to use it.


4. Run my upcoming half marathon closer to the 2 Hour mark. I finished the first, and only, half marathon I ran last fall in 2 hours and 11 minutes. According to my Nike+, I had hit my 13.1 miles by 2 hours and 4 minutes, but because I was on the outside of most of the turns, there were added steps and added time. So come April, I’m really going to try for that 2 hour mark. I’ve increased my speed to where I’m running a good minute per mile faster than I was last fall, so I’m hoping between that and training, I can do it.

So here’s to 2013 and all the adventures it may bring.