Looking Ahead

I feel like I’ve been out of it when it comes to the excitement surrounding the new year. I’ve seen bloggers and friends write blog posts and Facebook statuses declaring their New Year’s resolutions with enthusiasm.

all the things

I wish I shared their fervor, but I feel like a bit of a Debbie Downer over here since my mind is just thinking, “Welp, it’s January 2013.”

In an effort to drink some of the New Year’s Kool-Aid, last night, after I turned off my bedside lamp and rolled over to try to go to sleep, I let my mind wander and think about what I’m looking forward to in the coming year. One word immediately popped into my mind: Weddings!

Yes, 2013 will be the year of weddings! Right now Ryan and I have five weddings on the books (I’m a bridesmaid in four and he’s a groomsmen in one), so our 2013 will be packed with wedding festivities and fun times with some of our closest friends. I’m thrilled to watch some of my very best girlfriends say “I do!”

The brides-to-be:

Brides to Be

Big events coming up in 2013 (in chronological order):

  • ZOOMA Florida half marathon
  • Miami half marathon (I may have a conflict with this race, but I’m really hoping to run it with some of my girlfriends!)
  • NASM exam
  • Family vacation to Machu Picchu
  • Laurel & John’s wedding in Orlando
  • Dad’s 60th birthday
  • Michaela & Kyle’s wedding in Colorado
  • Minda & Clark’s wedding in St. Augustine
  • Ryan’s 30th birthday + Terry & Janelle’s wedding in New Jersey (same day!)
  • Merri & Pete’s wedding in Tallahassee

Plus lots of fun bachelorette parties that haven’t made their way onto my calendar yet!


Lunch today was another simple one-bowl meal.

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  • Chicken sausage
  • Scrambled eggs (made with a splash of milk and mozzarella cheese)
  • Collard greens

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That’ll do it!

Questions of the Afternoon

  • What is one thing you’re really looking forward to in 2013?
  • Have you ever experienced a “year of weddings” when a bunch of your friends or family members got married within the same year?

I have a friend who went to 11 weddings in one year. Insanity!


  1. says

    2012 was definitely the year of weddings for me. I went to 5 weddings, but I know something like 18 couples that got married last year or something crazy like that. I feel like I don’t know half of my female Facebook friends anymore, since all of their last names are changing haha.


  2. Katie says

    I am looking forward to my husband finishing his Masters’ in Chemistry this May. He worked full-time while taking the classes but left his job last year to complete his research.

    A trip to Machu Piccu; that is awesome!!! Machu Piccu is really high on my bucket list.


  3. says

    I was feeling a bit Debbie Downer-ish about the New Year too. I didn’t get excited until yesterday when I realized I’d be throwing a baby shower for one of my best friends in 16 days!! And my brother is getting married this year, so that’s exciting =)


  4. says

    Wow 5 weddings! That’s a lot, especially to be in 4! So exciting. I went to three weddings within a month of each other this past fall…it was fun but a little crazy! I was the maid of honor in one, but was my boyfriends plus one to the other two so it wasn’t that stressful.


  5. Amanda says

    Machu Piccu! That will be AMAZING! I’m hoping to head to Central America this year, but my number one goal is to get my finances sorted, and get some serious savings in train. Which will mean cutting back on impulse spending and finding some creative ways to reduce my other spending habits.


  6. says

    Five weddings in insane! That’s so cool that you get to travel to a bunch of different places though–I love trips! Unfortunately, all our friends are married now so I have no weddings to look forward to…which stinks because they are so much fun.


  7. says

    I’m looking forward to this year being a new start.. 2012 was rocky for me, with the end of a relationship with my ex-boyfriend, work issues, and family illness/death. I am SO ready and excited to start again and feeling joyful again. 🙂



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