It’s time! A fresh start, a clean slate, a sparkling new year!

But this post isn’t just going to cover my wants and wishes for the new year, it’s going to be a refresh of my 2013. Mainly for myself, to reflect on my seemingly interesting year.

Let’s start with last New Year’s Eve. Adam and I were at my parent’s for our holiday visit. I’m almost certain we went to bed at 9:30. Such rebels we are.

What’s next? I finished school, and had an awesome internship. Summer was definitely the highlight of the year. I may have been struggling in the job department but I had enough work to keep me going. I was able to get out, go on a little vacation back to cottage country, do a wine tasting, moved my bestie into her first apartment on her own, and FINALLY went to the Toronto Zoo (after a long 5 year wait). I saw a handful of amazing bands at Warped Tour, plus a few other concerts like John Mayer and Alt-J. On Canada day I had the amazing privilege to see my father and about 120 others in the Canadian Military hold a giant Canadian flag on the Blue Jays field. I saw a few other Jays games as well, and an Argonauts game!

To finish off the year I graduated at Humber with Honours (brag brag), found my wedding dress, hosted my first Wine and Cheese, and had a fabulous Christmas season with the family. And never to be forgotten, we added a few new members to our ever-growing family! We added Siobhan and Jake’s baby Miles —who is the cutest darned ginger I ever did meet — my very own sister-in-law, Megan got married and just had their first baby, Benjamin, and last but not least our new addition: Frank! A wonderful last minute decision.

When I was reflecting on the past year I first thought that it was rough. When I took a closer look I realized that, yes, my biggest struggle this year has been in the career department, but in-between all that I’ve managed to have one of the best years of my life. No heartbreak, lots of adventure (remaining in the city most times, but adventure none the less) and a handful of new friends — Starbucks is good for one thing.

It has been a good year.

Now on to the new year!

My official resolution is to give up processed sugar. It’s more of an experiment than a diet. I’ve heard great things about how much better you feel and my own Mumma tried it a few months ago. We will see how that goes. As far as my first day goes I have been eyeing the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies with a sadness in my eyes and longing in my belly. Will power.

A few other “resolutions” — I would consider them more of a to do list— read more, worry less, get a real job, get married (woohoo!) go on a wicked honeymoon/road trip down the west coast, and if I’m not too broke by the end of it I would love to attend a lifelong friend’s destination wedding on October.

2013 was a great year, and 2014 should be even better. Thanks to everyone who has been reading and all those loveable people in my life.

2014; the year of Amber and Adam.


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