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2013 in a nutshell.

by Christa on December 31, 2013

in Daily Digest,In a Nutshell,Just for Fun



The end-of-year review…

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Most notably, got pregnant and had a baby. So that essentially led to a few more firsts – like first half ironman while pregnant, along with a couple of half marathons and 5Ks. I also acted as a head coach for a Team in Training event (San Diego Marathon) for the first time!

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Here are the resolutions I made last year. I wanted to say no to more things and spend more time at home, which I definitely achieved. It was easy to say no to nights out when I couldn’t drink and was too tired to stay out late! I wanted to “get ripped,” but I got knocked up instead. Maybe we can do that in 2014. I made a bit of headway on getting rid of the clutter in our house, but there is a ton more work to do in that department. I also wanted to make progress in my career; I was promoted to Human Resources Manager (from Benefits, Compensation, & HRMS Analyst), so that was satisfying.

What are your new year’s resolutions for 2014?
I want to focus on balance. I’m going to need to try to figure out how to do that – how to balance work and parenting, along with hobbies. I want to get faster in running and triathlon. It might be hard since I will have to make a comeback. First I need to build up to where I was. I want to finish my second Ironman triathlon, definitely with a PR, hah. And I want to take our first family vacation; doesn’t have to be big, but I want to get away just the three of us.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Er, besides me? ;) Yes, I had several friends who also had babies this year! It’s so fun seeing pics of our little ones and comparing notes.

Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness.

What places did you visit?
There was actually quite a bit of travel! Went to Oceanside, California with TNT as a participant, then San Diego as a coach. Shane and I babymooned in Costa Rica, which was fantastic. Steph, Aimee, and I went to London and Paris on a sister trip (read Part I and Part II here – still need to write Part III, oops). Then Shane and I headed to DC and the Maryland coast for Jess’ wedding.

What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
More patience. I need that these days.

What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 22nd – Rachel’s birthday.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Having Rachel – sorry, it’s all about the BABY.

What was your biggest failure?
Ugh, I don’t really want to touch this question. I’m still emotionally recovering from the birth experience but I definitely felt like I failed somewhere in there. I know that makes no sense and seems ridiculous, but I can’t help the way I feel.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not even any morning sickness. Awesome! Here’s to no running injuries in 2014…knock wood.

What was the best thing you bought?
My sister’s plane ticket to Europe. It was her college graduation present, and we made some really great memories.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Weird question. But I have to give a shoutout to my SiL Aimee on this one; she is awesome and I’m so happy to see her happy. Also, I am so thankful for all of my friends and family who have been so supportive and there for me during pregnancy and birth. You all will never know how much I appreciate you.

Where did most of your money go?
Besides the boring stuff, it went to travel and baby stuff!

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Ok, do I really need to answer this one?

What song will always remind you of 2013?
“Everything Has Changed” – I always pick a T Swift song, oops.  I love the lyrics to this.  It astonishes me how one offhand decision to invite the guys who lived next door to a party sophomore year of college turned into a marriage…and then a family.  All I know is we said hello, so dust off your highest hopes. 

Thanks for a wonderful year….

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