Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: A Year in Pictures

What a year 2013 was in my life! It was a year of great personal growth and change, yet was not without its dark times and trials. I'm not feeling very verbal today, and since a picture - they say - it worth 1,000 words...here's about 80,000! Enjoy my 2013 in pictures! You may just find yourself included.

Started the year off right with my favorite champagne
Early year trip to the Berkshires
I completed a cleanse to kick-start my weight loss, and rewarded myself with this Alex & Ani Path of Life bangle
Decided to reward myself every 5 & 10 lbs. lost, these Kendra Scott earrings are an example
Winter storm Nemo. BTW - I think naming winter storms is LAME
For awhile, my favorite morning OJ gave me positive affirmations
Al and I perfected the art of at home margaritas
Joined a gym and got to working out
Started to see a real transformation in my body and documenting it
Much smaller size leggings, MUCH bigger victory
I enjoyed a lot of oysters
A LOT of oysters!!!!
Started swimming pretty seriously
Started to see real changes in my face. (This is my FAVORITE picture of me up close from the past year.)
Enjoyed many lovely girls night with my other Other Half
The tradition of pay day sushi lunches
Started Couch 2 5k...on a treadmill
Spring finally sprung
Fit into my first non plus sized dress
The Boston Marathon Bombings hit really close to home, even closer to work
But we stayed Boston Strong...
...and breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was over
Amy had the best recital ever! THERE WERE BAG PIPES!!!!!!
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In the bombing aftermath there were Therapy Dogs AND Cats
Ventured into the world of running shorts
Al and I enjoyed some classy date nights; and some not so classy ones
I started to dress outside my comfort zone, perfect the art of selfies and refuse to clean my bedroom
Further transformation
Hair & face shape transformation
Lunchtime sunshine on the Comm Ave. mall
My other Other Half graduated from Law School and I couldn't be more proud
Finally fit into things from Betty Paige Clothing
First of many trips to Cafeteria
Amy and I ran our first 5k together....
....on Spectacle Island
All while being on a quest for the perfect red lipstick
Jumped, pulled, and tugged my way into a wet suit for the first time
It was time for new specs
Quality brew time with Amy before she moved to LA
And the transformation continued
Celebrated the 4th on the Esplanade with friends
Swimming at Walden Pond - this my FAVORITE picture of the year
Ready to go Swim Across America and raise some funds for local cancer research
It was THE hardest but THE most fufilling thing I have EVER done
Got brave and posted a picture of myself in a swimsuit on the intertet
Mom and Allison came to visit and a fun time was had by all
My favorite new to me song of the year
Best anniversary gift EVER
"Zoe! Come look!! There's a giant chickpea walking down the street!!!"
Anniversary dinner date time
5k #2: Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Took the art of relaxing baths to a new level
Swam my first continuous mile
Back to school to get my RN starting with Human Biology
Took Ezra to a staff meeting
Celebrated my birthday in style, with elegant shot taking.....
showing a little leg...
& kayaking on the Charles.
A grand time was had by all
Watched Olympic medal winning swimmer Alex Mayer swim in Boston Harbor
Best caption ever: "All you need is love...and Ben & Jerry's!....and good sex, lipstick, tequila and kitties. Oh, and a swimming pool. THAT'S all I need!
Almost the same size and when I was 19/20
Ezra continued to be adorable
I cut my hair - for me - all off and added bangs
Walked for the Humane League with Roxy and Zoe
5k #3: and Al's first, the Blacklight Run
Back home for 5k #4: Compassion Hospice's Color Run
Harley continued to be adorable as well
Learned how to run in 19 degree weather
Bobby and I looked killer on  Thanksgiving
Started 5k to 10k
5k #5: Jolly Jaunt to benefit Special Olympics
Celebrated the Mr.'s birthday in style
Celebrated the end of my first semester back to school AND making an A
Cafeteria time with my LUSH Puppies
Ezra and I admiring the pretty Christmas lights
We found a Currier and Ives setting in Sutton
Christmas 2012  / Christmas 21013
Finished the year with a hotel staycation and a FANTASTIC view of the city