Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What I Learned in 2013...

I know, I'm FINALLY updating my blog again, no need to adjust your computer/phone screens. :)
In 2013 I learned that:
…life has unexpected twists and turns in it. It’s not a straight, smooth road. There are sharp curves, speed bumps, road blocks, and detours. There is also an occasional speed trap that causes you to really slow down and pay closer attention to what is going on.
…some people are not going to like you, and that is okay. There is nothing you can do to change that, and you shouldn’t have to. You shouldn’t have to change who you are to be accepted. Be yourself. Don’t change your personality and lifestyle just to impress or please someone else. There is only ONE you, be that person.
…I deserve a guy who is going to love me for the woman I am, and treat me with the respect I deserve. I don’t deserve someone who toys with me emotionally and mentally. I deserve someone who doesn’t make me feel worthless.
…I am not perfect. I make mistakes. If someone puts me on a pedestal, I shouldn’t be expected to live up to their expectations of me. I have my own faults, sins, demons, and issues that I struggle with on a daily basis. Whether or not I want to share them with people is up to me, but just because I don’t talk about them, doesn’t mean that I don’t have them. You see the part of someone’s life that they want visible, don’t think they are perfect and “have it all” just because that is all you see.
…friendships aren’t perfect. Some friendships can withstand anything, and some are only meant to be around for a while. There are also some friendships that need time apart for individual growth. No one knows the turnout.
…friends don’t always agree. Friends fight and can cause emotional pain. Friends don’t always approve of your actions, but, that doesn’t mean they don’t love you or that they are judging you. They are just concerned about your well-being. While you may not agree with what they have to say, you should accept that they have that opinion and either take the advice, or ignore it. Don’t make them seem like a terrible person for expressing how they feel, whether it was right or you feel it was wrong. Don’t act in such a way that would cause a friend to cut ties completely with you. Don’t feel that because they aren’t talking to you that they don’t care about you or that they are heartless. Being surrounded by constant negativity can be toxic, sometimes a person needs a break from that. Ask yourself if it is worth tossing away friendships.
…sports are always going to break my heart, but I am still going to keep watching them.
…sometimes life happens and writing my blog takes a backseat. It doesn’t make me a bad blogger. There is no written rule that I have to update every day, every week (or in some cases, every month). I do want to be better about writing on my in 2014 though.
Thank you to everyone who has checked in on me over the past month and a half of my blogging hiatus. I do feel special that my blog is missed when it is not updated. I decided to end the post today with pictures of my adventures over the past year. I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy new year. May 2014 bring you all the happiness and success you want and deserve! 
Hanging out with friends (both old and new):

Spending time with family:
Spending LOTS of time at the Ballpark:
Trip to Boston and Rhode Island:
Hanging out by the water all summer:
Visiting Jonestown (AKA Cowboys Stadium, AKA AT&T Stadium)
Meeting celebrities (or at least having them know about me):
Spending the holidays with family:
Since the word "selfie" was added to the dictionary this past year, I had to post some of my best selfies from 2013: