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Well, it's NYE. I can't say that I am sad to see it go. Did I have some great moments? Absolutely. I fulfilled my dream of going to the Galapagos Islands in March, I celebrated my 29th Birthday in NYC, had frequent trips to Chicago (my favorite American city), spent time with the in-laws in Portland, OR, and finished my Master's Degree.
But this year challenged me. I was so busy with school, I forgot about so much else. I wasn't very good at cultivating the friendships I had made, and subsequently lost a few amazing friends this year (well, we are still friends, but it's not the same). All that hard work I did in 2012 to lose a bunch of weight went into the trash in 2013. I gained all of it back. All of it. I also had my dreams dashed of going back to Germany to live, and instead am heading to Korea, which is full of unknowns. I have to sell my first home soon, one that I love and put a lot of sweat and tears into, my car, which is a ton of fun, and my friends, who have made this duty station so memorable.
But, as this year comes to an end, I am going to try and focus on the good that has come, and the good that will come. Moving to Korea means that there is little change that Joel will not deploy for two whole years! He's had three deployments and a short tour already, so this is huge. I am moving to a foreign country, which will cure much of my wanderlust that I've been without. And hey...I graduated! No more school (hopefully) for a little while, and prayers that I can use this new found degree when I move abroad.
So my picture of 2013 will be a happy one, highlighting my biggest accomplishment. And here's to an eve better 2014, where I hope to get back on track and not sweat the small stuff.