2013: A Year in Review

That's What She ReadLinking up with Stephanie and Jen for A Year in Review!

When Stephanie hosts a link up…you link up!  I am making it a tradition to do a year in review post each year. I did one last year for 2012 that you can find here.  2013 has been quite the year. It hasn’t been my favorite, I am not going to lie. But it was hard to top last year! I mean we got married, bought our first home, got new cars and new jobs! A lot of change and a lot of happiness!

The Good:

  • We are settled into our marriage and our new home.
  • I changed jobs back in June.
  • We made it to the beach twice this year! Both trips were amazing and relaxing.
  • We made several trips day trips to Huntsville.
  • We met a new friend.
  • We were fortunate enough to be able to upgrade to all the new gaming systems. PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One.
  • My doctor has finally figured out what was wrong with me and got me on a treatment plan.
  • I have been religiously working out FIVE days a week since July. I am so proud of myself for this.
  • I turned 30 this August and have accepted it, and kind of like it! 30 really isn’t that bad!

The Bad:

  • I have been struggling with dental issues all year. I had my wisdom teeth removed back in January, I had a crown done last month…and I have a few more procedures, including a surgery that will have to all be done next year.
  • I hit a dear in my car back in March. It was scary!!!! No need to fear, the dear was just fine. The front end of my car? Not so much. Don’t they know to only cross at the deer crossing signs?!?! (Just kidding, I know that isn’t that purpose for those….but some people seriously think the deer are only supposed to cross there!!!)

The Ugly:

  • Chris and I managed to both get in a car accident on the same day! We were both rear ended, so at least it was no fault of our own. Unfortunately, the person who hit Chris had no insurance. It has been a NIGHTMARE dealing with that. Plus all the medical bills that we have had to pay out of pocket.
  • I turned 30 in August. I am old. (This also made my good list, HA!)


Helene in Between

We cant forget to talk about the best songs of 2013. I am going to be honest and say it wasn’t the BEST year ever for new music. In fact I know that my list of songs I cant stand from this year are tripled what I have enjoyed. But there have been a few gems that I love! These are in no particular order.

1. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

2. Royals – Lorde

3. Wake me Up – Avicii

4. Marry Me – Jason Derulo

5. Clarity – Zedd

6. Roar – Katy Perry

7. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

8. Sail – Awolnation

9. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray

10. What Does a Fox Say – Ylvis (I know a lot of people hate it, but I cant help it!)

11. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

12. I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice

13. Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton

14. Highway Don’t Care – Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban

15. Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker

I asked Chris to put together a list of his best of 2013 songs. He knows music WAY better than me. He has amazing taste. You will see a few repeats from my list but not many. Now I have to go add all these from him to my Spotify so I am cool too!

1.  Sail -Awolnation

2. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray

3. Freestylers – Cracks

4. Fly – Nicki Minaj

5. Work – Iggy Azalea

6. I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris

7. Anything Could Happy – Ellie Gold

8. Still The Same Man – Nicky Romero

I cant wait to see Helene’s list! What are your favorite songs from 2013? I am ready for 2014 and excited for what it might bring.


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  • Reply Christine December 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Turning 30 is definitely a GOOD thing…. When you turn 40… now that is a BAD thing! 🙂

  • Reply Helene December 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    i love your song picks! since im so edm i think this year was amazing for electronic music!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph December 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I can’t like Lana del Ray. I keep trying.

    All your goods are great. Your bads are nightmares. Insurance issues and teeth, two of my least favorite things to deal with.

    Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply kathy @ vodka and soda December 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    didn’t you hear? 30 is the new 20 so rock it!! girlfran, i’m turning 38 soon OMFG. when did that happen.

    and so proud of your workouts 5x/week! keep it up!

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Lauren December 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Five day a week workouts are still amazing to me! Yay for being 30 – I will be there next year! I’m glad you had so much good this year and hope next year is even better!

  • Reply Stephanie December 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I turn 30 next year, it’ll probably make my good and bad list too! Love that you’ve been working out 5 days a week, go you!

  • Reply Rachelle December 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    You are awesome for working out 5 days a week! I wish I had the discipline to do that. Congrats on all your good things and may the bad and ugly fade away with 2013 🙂 But I feel ya on the dental – I need a wisdom tooth pulled and implant in 2014 🙁

  • Reply Amanda December 19, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I am petrified of turning 30 and I don’t know why. It’s a mental mind game I tell ya!

  • Reply Jen Herron December 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Wow what a year! you’ve got the best music list i’ve seen so far! Thanks so much for linking up! 🙂

  • Reply Christina December 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    You got in a car accident on the same day? That’s insane! I love your music list and have a lot of those favorite songs on mine too!

    Stopping by (a little late) from the link-up. 🙂

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