Oh, 2013. You were something.
My word for the year was Golden, and this year definitely lived up to that word for me. There were lots of sparkly moments. Here’s a look back at the best and brightest everything:
1. Oxtail Pho:
2. Deviled Eggs:
3. Easy Egg Custard:
1. Tea Box
Favorite Photographs and Moments
If there was one moment I’d want to never forget from this year, it would be this one:
Our trip to France and Ireland was the best vacation (maybe aside from our honeymoon) that I’ve ever taken. In this moment, I was sitting outside the Chagall museum in Nice, dreaming of painting and poetry, soaking up the sunshine with the hubs. It was golden.
There were so many big moments for us this year, both heartbreakingly sad and breathtakingly joyful. We said goodbye to Viet’s dad. We settled into our first year of marriage. We both took on more responsibility at work. and then even more responsibility at work. We went to four weddings. We moved. We went to France and Ireland.
And I. . . well I turned 30 surrounded by my great friends and the roar of the ocean. In 2013 I kept living in between the two lives– the constant professional and the dreaming creative. I’ve put so much energy into both passions (work and the blog) this year that I almost emptied my energy tank. And I’m still trying to figure out where that leaves me or how long I can keep up my dedication to both worlds, but I’m content with the progress I’ve made in both areas of my life.
I fully dedicated myself to Not Merely Living in 2013, and I’m proud of how much this blog has grown in 2013 thanks to all of you. I learned so much this year. So much about being a better friend and a better partner. So much about blogging, about photography, about setting goals and finding my way towards balance. About building a life that is meaningful in the face of all that scares you. But, as always, it’s a work in progress.
I’ll leave you with a just a few more favorite things I learned this year.
Not Merely Inspiration
Cheers to you, 2013. You were a golden year for the ages.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe new year.
See you next year-