Hello, hello! Wow, 2013 is already over a week old, and here I am, finally with two minutes to spare and write something about it. First off, I got recap by saying that 2012 was an AMAZING year. I mean, I’m sure there were sad or dumb things that happened, but they were overwhelmed by all the great things, and I’d like to share a bit of it.
1. I turned 30! And it wasn’t as bad as people made it sound it would be. I might even dare to say that the 30s are the new 20s! Oh goodness, yes, that sounds extremely silly, because 30s are better than your 20s. Sure, in your 20s you’re young, your metabolism is high, your skin tight, and your alcohol tolerance is something to boast about, but the 30s are SO much better. The independence you get, for starters, your own job, your own house, your own car (oh wait, still working on that one because buses are just so much easier and green), your own wardrobe (more on that later), and the paycheck is something to boast about to your 20-year-old self. She definitely did NOT make this much money. But I also love the tranquility this age brings. In my 20s everything was so fast-paced, late nights, intelectual conversations, parties, the constant need to be on motion at all times. It seems I like the tranquility of my 30s better. Dinner parties that end before 10 pm, friends to go have coffee with at all odd hours in the day, good afternoons spent with books, putting puzzles (ahem, legos) together with the boyfriend. This whole “in bed by 10″ is just so much more me.
2. I traveled a lot! I mean, I didn’t go very far, but I stepped outside my state quite a few times this year, and this is something I’ve been dreaming of doing since I started college. It was my goal in life, really, to have a job that would help me afford trips. What else does a girl need besides great travel pictures? And planning for my next trip is always fun, something to look forward to when the days drag. Anyway, to boast about my traveling this year… I started the year by spending 10 days in Florida with the boyfriend, where we visited all my beloved Disney World parks (I was a cast member there for an internship once, and still love the place dearly) and the new Harry Potter theme park within Universal (big nerd, I know). Then not much long after, Mike and I drove the 6 hours to Las Vegas to watch Noel Gallagher in concert. And then there were the long summer months, stretching and lazying around… And when Fall was finally here, a friend and I planned an impromptu Disneyland & South California trip (I call it impromptu because most of my trips take months of careful planning and researching, because I love doing that too), and spend 3 awesome days soaking the sun in California. And to top it off, my most awaited trip of the year: a two-week road trip to Austin, TX! We drove through Southern Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Western Texas, and then stayed a few days in Austin. We had big plans for the way back, but several snowstorm warnings made us just drive as fast as we could back home, so we wouldn’t get stuck somewhere with snow we couldn’t handle (and we still got at least 200 miles of really bad weather we had to drive through).
3. I spent a year without shopping! Yes! If you’ve been visiting me here, you probably already know about my other blog, Occupy the Wardrobe, where me and 4 friends started a year of not shopping in 2012 (to which I was the only one to go through all the way to the end, but I guess Vica was excused by being pregnant…). And it was an eye-opening experience. Not necessarily to my spending habits (which admittedly, are not really bad), but to how stuck creatively I was with my own clothes. So I started 2012 by getting organized, getting rid of anything that I didn’t wear or was just not flattering, and then proceeded to be super stylish in 2012 without buying anything new. Just to show you can be cool without owning the latest trends. But it was hard watching Spring roll by and not being able to buy any colored jeans!!!
4. I learned to sew! And trust me when I say I didn’t think I’d progress this much in a year, but by the end of 2012 I already could tackle complicated projects like dresses and pants. I have a few new items on my wardrobe thanks to my newly acquired skills. And let’s not forget that it’s such a great way to decrease stress. This year I started working on a velvety-ish dress from a Butterick pattern, but I had a bunch of problem and already unstitched and stitched it back on a bunch of times, but I’m intent on making it look the best, so I’ll keep on it. Lately, the hem is giving me trouble, but fixing it shall be easy.
For 2013, I’m starting it light. No hardcore New Year resolutions, just one: to take more pictures. I did terrible in 2012, because I was taking so many pictures of me. But this year I want to go out more and take pictures outside. And I’d like to write more photography tutorials for beginners, little tips and tidbits that I have learned that would help improve the photos of people that are not really into photography, but would like to have their photos look good more often. I had to do so many self portraits this year, I picked up a few new things. Maybe I’ll do that.