highlights of 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve! Whether you’re painting the town red or cuddling up with those you love and watching the ball drop on TV {I’ll be doing the latter!} I hope you give 2013 a stellar send-off tonight. Have fun and be safe!

Here are some of my highlights from the past year:

  • Attended the Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, Florida, where I spent a week learning from amazing writers, made some fabulous new friends, and met one of my literary idols — Judy Blume!

key west workshop w:judy

  • Submitted my thesis and graduated from Purdue with my M.F.A. in Fiction Writing! What made it even more special was that my parents, grandparents, and Holly traveled to West Lafayette for my thesis reading.

me and hol thesis reading

my birthday wish

cuz bride!

with writing campers at ceremony

  • I bought my first new car, a Prius C that I named Charley!


me and gma

red tour bus

  • Reconnected with my friend Dana, one of the sweetest people I know {and her adorable dog Heidi, a.k.a. Mr. Mur-dog’s girlfriend!}

dana and heidi

baby photobomb

jess's show

after the game


family with gramps

This year I also:
– celebrated my 10-year anniversary of climbing Mt. Whitney
– tried zumba for the first time
– began attending church regularly
– de-cluttered & simplified my possessions
– completed my Year of Kindness challenge
– celebrated the release of my dad’s new book Wooden & Me
– met up in person with my blogger friend Sarah @ The Pajama Chef and bumped into Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers in the middle of San Francisco
– went to a hot-air balloon festival
– read 71 books
– joined Foodie Pen-Pals @ The Lean Green Bean
– got on board the smoothie train
– and tried my hand at some new craft projects and recipes!

What an incredible year it has been. Tomorrow I’ll share my goals and dreams for 2014… but for now, it’s your turn!

Questions of the day:

  • What are your highlights from 2013?
  • What new things did you try this past year?

7 thoughts on “highlights of 2013

  1. Wow Dallas, what an eventful year you’ve had! Here’s to a wonderful 2014 filled with lots of joy. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

  2. What a fabulous year. Wow…Judy Blume IN KEY WEST. What could be better? I loved her books when I was a kid and Key West is my favorite place to be. I am running the Ragnar Relay from Miami to KW in February and tacked on a four day girls vacation to it. Can’t wait! My other favorite part of your year is the Ghiradelli trip. Whenever I am in SF for business, I skip dinner and go straight there, as I believe hot fudge sundae for dinner is perfectly acceptable on occasion. I’ve enjoyed following your adventures all year since your dad “introduced us through his USRSA posts” and look forward to 2014!

    • Thank you so much Tracy — I’m so happy to have you following my blog! Oh my goodness, running the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West sounds amazing! Key West is definitely one of my favorite places I’ve ever traveled … there’s something magical about that little island. And I agree, there are times when it is necessary to have a hot fudge sundae for dinner. 🙂 Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a very happy 2014!

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