In hopes of organizing this in a readable manner, I'm just going to put everything in bullets for each month. But you know, I think this post is more for me than anything. I can't wait to look back on the trials of the last year so that I can regroup and move on into the amazing-ness that 2014 will hold! So without further ado, here it is, 2013 in review:
-In January, Eliza and I started living partially at my dad's house to escape the infestation of roaches at our apartment. It was kind of hard since Brandon stayed at the apartment but honestly, I think Brandon and I both benefited from the time apart.
- I talked about officially moving out of our apartment and the changes that come with it. This was a pretty big shift for us, one for the better though. Since Brandon quit his job and we were moving back in with my Dad, we would have a lot more time and opportunities to do the things we really wanted to do! This opened up a lot of doors for us I think and lead us to where we are now. It's crazy to think that this was exactly where we needed to be then and how so much good change has happened since then!
- I got overwhelmed and turned inwards, the start of figuring out where I needed to be in life. I really credit the death of my step-brother for the amazing things we have been doing lately. His death really shook me up but I think that's what I needed. It made us take a long hard look at our lives to decide what was most important for us and gave us the courage to reach for our dreams. It made us realize that you only get one life to live and we didn't want to waste any of the time we have.
- We had an adventure at one of our favorite parks, this day actually started out terribly but ended up being really good.
-I shared about losing interest in clothes, and becoming intrigued by essential oils! I wrote that I could feel a change coming on but didn't quite know what it was yet. So funny and ironic to read this now that I am on the other side.
-And I dabbled in bread-making, something I miss dearly. Hopefully when the tiny home is built, this is something I will have time to do again!
-We celebrated Christmas and spent the rest of our time with friends and family
Gosh, so many changes in 2013. It was almost as if the year was divided into two separate parts.
In the first six months we started learning more about health (not just for the body but also the mind!) which made me lean more and more away from clothes, Brandon quit his time consuming job, we moved from our apartment to my dad's, my step-brother died and forced us to take a hard look at our lives, we returned to nature for some much needed retreat time, I started learning how to be more present and going with the flow, Brandon became a radio producer and helping me with the store, and we ultimately decided to jump-start our future by building ourselves a tiny home on wheels! The whole time it seems that we were evaluating our lives and making small changes to evolve into what we are now. It's crazy to see all the little parts that led to the whole.
The last six months we started working really hard on our dreams. Now that we had kind of figured out a path we wanted to be on, we drew up plans and put them in motion! We started planning and building the tiny home and are about 60% finished! We started evolving my store into our store that is more focused on health and body care instead of artificial ideas of appearance and beauty (is that too harsh?). And now, I get to create everything in my store that is on par with the high standards I believe every soul deserves (ie all-natural and organic whenever possible). Oh and I finished school! So now I can dedicate all my time in the future to my family, our tiny home, and my work! One less thing on my plate and I'm pretty excited about that. Plus, our tiny home is sleepable (yes, I just made that word up), so we no longer have to drive back and forth from my Dad's house to my mother-in-law's house. Which is an hour and 20 minute drive at the least. And we did that at a minimum of once every week. For 6 months..... I just can't even believe we did that..... Well anyways, we do not have to do that anymore! So from here on out, we'll just be able to stay and work on the tiny home, adjust to living super minimally in this shell of a house we have, and create things for Sam Wish.
So, some pretty serious changes and growth in 2013. It was rough but also so, so liberating. I can't say that I regret any of it!
So bring it on, 2014! I have really good feelings about this year. I think it's going to bring many good things for us and I really, can not wait to see what unfolds (: