Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in Review!

2013 was a pretty incredible year for me. I was looking back over my posts and I hadn't realized just how MUCH we got up to this year. The biggest changes were Travis and I went vegan at the beginning of the year, and I got a new job in May. I have never felt better than I did this year, and I hadn't realized how much my old job was bumming me out until I moved stores. I'm so much happier now.
One thing you'll notice in this review is how many pictures I am in. This is a total change for me. 2013 was the year I got over myself and let people take my picture, started dancing in public, and boosted my self confidence in a real way. My only resolution last year was "be kind to yourself" and I think that really was my theme for the year. So here we go!

We did a lot of traveling this past year. We went up north for the first time ever and visited Detroit. Here's Travis at the Heidelberg project. We were just there for a long weekend, but had a surprisingly fun time.
For Travis' birthday we rented a cabin in the Smokey Mountains. It was perfectly relaxing and fun.
Our big trip of the year was out to the west coast! We saw so many awesome things in California and crammed in so many places. Including the Pee Wee dinosaurs!
We recreated a scene from one of our favorite movies high above Los Angeles!
We went to Disneyland and I feel in love with Mickey Mouse soft pretzels!
And we met Mr. Tiny! That really was a highlight dude! Thanks for hanging out with us!
We went to St. Louis with our best friends and took 1 million photos. (These are also the first shorts that don't go to the knee I've worn in probably 15 years!)
We stopped in Metropolis Illinois too. I want to get this photo on an afghan!
Travis and I went to Memphis in the fall and had a lovely Elvis themed weekend.
We did the world's longest yard sale for the second year in a row. I hope it becomes a tradition!
I did some estate sale-ing/ junking/ thrifting but not nearly as much as in previous years. And I'm ok with that.
It was a year of weddings! We went to five and I was in two! We started with my cousin's huge bash in Detroit. We tore UP their photobooth! That is my favorite wedding trend of all time! I wish we had one at our wedding!
I was in my good friend Marissa's wedding and looked so normal and ladylike! She walked down the aisle to a live, acoustic version of Beyonce's "Halo" and it KILLED ME.
I haven't seen the official pictures from Dana's wedding yet, but here I am in my bridesmaid dress. I got it from the Bettie Page store and I LOVE IT! Her wedding was so special and I cried through most of it.
At another wedding I got to ride in my first hot air balloon and dance in a field to "Get Me Bodied." Beyonce figured into a bunch of my good moments this year. Have I talked about her new album yet? I'm OBSESSED. I've managed to work it into almost every conversation I've had since it came out. I'll try to resist.
I got to meet my idol Richard Simmons, got a book signed by Neil Gaiman, and saw John Waters live. A good year for my celebrity crushes.
I also got to see and meet a bunch of the queens from Drag Race! I also met Latrice and Jinx, I just don't have photos handy. I can't wait for the new season to start!
This should probably be higher up, but we met our nephew Ellis in July! The first baby in my family. I can't wait to watch him grow up. It will be so exciting when he starts talking and remembering us.
We did that Hay Day event recently, which I hope is the start of more volunteering to help animals.
I dressed Travis up as Spock for Halloween. 2013 is the year I fell in love with Star Trek (and Zachary Quinto, yowza.)
I didn't realize until I was going through this blog that I got tattooed a lot in 2013! I got this moth for my birthday and finished my pagasus/sandworm half sleeve:
I got a tribute to my new love Spock, and my old love logic in the summer.
Travis and I got matching bff tattoos with our friend Valerie while we were in California. It is a cute mickey that is from a candelabra in the haunted mansion.
And then I started and finished a tattoo I've been talking about for years, my tribute to my favorite movie/play of all time! Little Shop of Horrors!
Here he is all finished up a few weeks ago. I'm in the itchy healing phase and its driving me crazy! Ah! But I LOVE it so much!
And last but not least, Travis and I celebrated 5 years of marriage, and 11 years together. He is my best friend and I love him so much. We had a really excellent year, probably our best since 2008! (That was another banner year for us!) Here's to 2014! May she be as kind as 2013!


  1. I can't help but wonder why you have so much tatoos. Is it because you find them pretty? Need to remember events, places, people?

    I am curious that's all :)

    Thank you for sharing your year

  2. You had a great year! Hope 2014 had just as many good memories..

  3. Oh Rae! What a rad year you've had. I have loved every minute of the epic journey and I can't wait to see what shenanigans you get up to in 2014.

  4. Dude, you guys killed it this year! I love reading about all your adventures and Tom Foolery. And holy crap, you met Richard Simmons! Happy New Year!!!

  5. Rae what a year! This is my favourite review of the year blog post I've read, I'm so jealous of your trips and travels :) Have a very happy 2014!

  6. What a great year!!! I feel so fortunate to have been a small part of it. I love the idea of "be kind to yourself." I think many of us are guilty of being particularly hard on ourselves. Thanks for the friendship and the inspiration! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  7. I love all the travel photos, very aspirational. I'm trying to get back into adventures into 2014 :D Congrats on the vegan journey, you'll never go back ;)

  8. It was a great year for you, for sure! Here's to another great one, for all of us!

  9. I love the stories, adventures and photos all year long. To a great 2014!! I can't wait for the new season of Drag Race either!

  10. Ah! You visited so many awesome places in 2013! The dinosaur from Pee Wee is high up on my list of places to road trip to.

    Happy New Year!


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