Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I still can’t believe it’s over, and that 2014 is just around the corner. I still didn’t feel like it was Christmas until earlier this week so it’s crazy that it went by so fast.
I’ll probably do a recap of my Christmas/New Year’s week sometime next week but for now, I wanted to share some of my favorite posts and moments from 2013. As with any year, there were some ups, some downs, but overall it was an incredible year for me for many reasons, and I’m hoping 2014 is even better!
I experimented with homemade donuts, I took a hiatus from WIAW and I shared my orthorexia story.
Some post-holiday Christmas lights in Denver.
I broke some fashion rules, made some Superbowl-worthy raw jalapeno poppers and shared my thoughts on clean eating.
No white after Labor Day? Pssh, I wear what I want!
I compared my meals from when I started my blog until now, I tried out grain free baking and I admitted to my struggles with the scale and mirror.
My first sushi night with friends.
I got snowed in, shared my fear of rest days and feeling full and made some homemade Easter candy.
Snow in April isn’t unusual but a FOOT of snow definitely is!
I spent some time at the pool, got all nerdy about cacao powder and started my weather internship at a local TV station.
I also reunited with an old Starbucks favorite,, the unsweetened passion iced tea.
I started eating more raw foods, expressed my sorrow over a second year of wildfires in my hometown and revisited an old favorite vacation spot.
More pool time for this chica.
I professed my love for homemade food, dealt with some flash flooding on the job and found that being sick can be an ED trigger.
I also celebrated my 21st birthday in style, even while recovering from being sick.
I indulged in some incredible vegan carrot cake ice cream, vacationed to see family in Wisconsin and got a tablet to replace my dying laptop.
I love airports and flying!
I tried out eggs (and ended up keeping them out of my diet), gave an inside look at my fridge and struggled with senioritis.
I also got my third-ever manicure.
I shared my thoughts on figure competitions, talked about the ‘Ashley Diet’ and did some fun things with my family during a weekend at home.
A quick and yummy lunch from a local vegan juice bar and cafe.
I let you all in on my meal prepping secrets, I talked about some girl problems and I bought a bunch of fun foodie products.
I went to Native Foods for only the second time ever and I can’t wait to go back again.
I started a no-added-sugar plan before the holidays, I got through finals week with some good food and I graduated college a semester early.
The happy graduate.
I feel like I’ve grown up so much since the beginning of the year–I’ve conquered another year of living (mostly) independently, completed an amazing internship, got through a semester taking on a full course load, dealt with some personal struggles (some are still going on), made some great friends and most of all, started my new life as a post-grad looking for her first full-time job. It’s crazy how much things have changed since this time last year, but I wouldn’t trade any of it! I’m even more excited to take on 2014!
What were some of your most memorable moments of 2013? What are you looking forward to most in 2014?