Happy New Years! 2013 a year in review

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
WOW what a year. I can honestly say, I do not want 2013 to end at the strike of midnight tonight. 2013 has been a magical year to say the least. It's been a year full of accomplishments, celebrations, tons of engagements and a lot of travel.

Thank you to all of my loyal readers who have helped make my blog what it is today. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you all.

So here is my year in review!

I ran the 2013 runDisney Half Marathon with my Best Friend Keri and former roomate, Tara.
Two days after running the Disney Half, Keri and I went on a 5 day cruise.
Gabe and I ran the 2013 Rock n Roll St. Pete Half Marathon
Two weeks later, we went on vacation to New Orleans, where both sets of our parents jointed us. Engagement rumors were in full force but did not take place. We did run our second half marathon that month, the Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon.
We took a weekend trip over to Sarasota and ran the Sarasota Half Marathon. Due to an injury, I had to back down to a relay but still enjoyed every moment.
I met Taylor Swift thanks to Darlynn :)
And we went to Savannah to celebrate Darlynn at her Bacherlorette Party

Speaking of Darlynn, she got married!
I was accepted into the ING NYC Marathon via lottery

I got engaged, on my Birthday!
I bought two wedding dresses, yes two. We decided to say I Do in New Orleans and I didn't want to wear a long gown afterwords on Bourbon St. I cannot show you my long gown, but here is the short one.
Back to New Orleans we go! Wedding dress shown above was worn during our engagement shoot at Oak Alley Plantation outside of New Orleans. While there, we signed a contract for our reception venue at Hotel Mazarin.
My former roomate Tara became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Brandon.

Thanks to Bethenny Frankel, Darlynn and I were able to go to NYC to see her show filmed live. It was a huge surprise which we are both very grateful for.
A few days after I returned home from NY, I boarded another plane to head out west for the 2013 IFBC (International Food Bloggers Conference) with a group of friends. My highlight of that trip was catching a flying fish at the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market.
We had a second engagement shoot at Busch Gardens at one of their haunted houses for Howl-o-Scream. Zombies, Voodoo Queens and all.
Our friends Lauren and Joe announced they are expecting a baby!

I became a Marathoner!
Less than a week later, I ran the 2013 runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.
And two weeks after that, I ran the Women's Running Series Half Marathon with Keri.
We went back to New Orleans with Gabe's parents which I have not blogged a bit about. We found someone to marry us and went wedding cake tasting. We selected a cake from Haydel's Bakery which I will be sharing in the next few weeks on Wedding Wednesday. In the meantime, here is a new friend I met on a swamp tour.
While I was in NOLA, our friends Leslie and Chris became engaged!
So yes, it was one heck of a year. Three trips to NOLA, two trips to NYC, one trip to Savannah, one trip to Seattle and multiple trips to Disney. Here's to hoping 2014 will be half this great!


  1. YAY! What a year! I can't wait to do mine! Thanks for including me, haha! On to a great 2014!

  2. Holy moley....what an awesome year! And what an awesome year to come!!!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  3. Love this look back at 2013! What a year '14 will be, when you become "Mrs. C!" So sweet of you to include us in this. Happy New Year!

  4. Awww this was so awesome to read! Lots of running accomplishments and lots of love <3 Thanks for the shout out to me and Chris. Much appreciated :) I can only imagine that 2014 will bring you even more awesome memories!

  5. For as awesome as 2013 was for you (and your friends!), 2014 will go down as the best year ever because you get to marry Gabe. <3

  6. Wow, you had a huge year, and there's even better things coming in 2014! So happy for you. Also - you engagement pic is beautiful!


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