Well holy crap. It’s already time to say goodbye to 2013. I’m surprised, yet also not surprised, this year went by so fast. It was chaotic, fun, interesting, challenging, odd, disappointing and a long list of other adjectives. With 365 days in a single year, it’s not hard to come up with a long list of ways to describe how the year went. Sum it up into a few short sentences? Doable, but certainly no easy task.
Which is why I decided to give you, my readers, a chance to ask what 2013 was like for me. Some of you gave me easy, fun questions. Others, well, it took me some time to think about my answers.
Here’s how I responded:
1. What was your biggest achievement? That’s open to interpretation. (Personal, academic, etc.)
I think it comes down to academics more than anything. I have been a student at UNLV for a year now and am quite proud of myself for earning an overall GPA of 3.75. Up until recent years I never achieved higher than a 2.75 so being well above a 3.0 is a tremendous achievement for me.
2. Biggest life lesson of the year?
Learning to let go of the negative in my life. I’ve started to realize just how toxic some people are for me and it’s been hard to let some of those people go even though it was for the best.
3. What was your most memorable Route 66 experience?
Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona! Duh! Riding a giant jackrabbit in Joseph City is a very close second, maybe even tied for first. It’s hard to pin down just one because I had several wonderful experiences on the route and made some wonderful friends this year.
4. Is there something you wish you did/didn’t do?
I wish I spent less time bitching about being bored and more time getting off my ass and going out to photograph something new. I whined too much about how much Vegas sucked because I couldn’t figure out something new and interesting to shoot. I let my own stupidity and whininess win instead of just getting out there.
5. What ended up being the biggest, unexpected surprise of the year?
It sounds silly but the biggest and most unexpected surprise was finding out my dental insurance had no limitations on how much work I could have done in a calendar year. After six years with no insurance and a lot of work to be done, this is/was a huge deal.
6. What did you learn or do in 2013 that you want to do differently or take to the next level in 2014?
I finally, at the end of the freaking year, got the courage to write about and publish my abusive past. It proved very therapeutic and, in some odd way, got me writing several additional posts in the remaining days of 2013. I’d like to keep this momentum in 2014 and continue writing with regularity. It’s like bathroom regularity only less smelly and gross.
7. Have you written something in 2013 which you never published?
Honestly? No. I’ve had posts that I wrote, published and later decided to temporarily unpublish but none that I wished I hadn’t. The ones I temporarily pulled were because I wanted to project a more professional image. The post on swearing and worst interview questions have not yet been re-published as of this post.
8. What was your proudest moment as a writer?
Seeing my name as a byline for the Atomic liquors article on the Virtual Rebel, a website designed for and by journalism students at UNLV. It has been more than seven years since I last wrote an article as student reporter so being able to report, write, use my own photo and see my name on the site meant a lot to me.
9. How many cows have you rustled up in 2013?
Haha. Love this question! I have not rustled up any cows in 2013. I did, however, photograph a few cows throughout the year. Some of us city folk think it’s fun to see cows so we pull over and take a photo or five and make the occasional mooing sound or yell out “DINNER!”
10. Who didn’t you meet this year that you wish you could’ve?
My friend Jia of Untypically Jia. It sometimes scares me how much we are alike in our thoughts and beliefs. She’s been a wonderful blog friend and so supportive throughout the 2.5 years I have known her. We only live a 10 hour drive away from each other so I am hoping we’ll somehow get a chance to meet in 2014.
It’s been a heck of a year and I’m thankful for all the experiences and people I’ve been able to meet and get to know. Here’s to a kick ass year in 2014!