With the New Year quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2013.
2013 was quite a year for me. My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, and on the weekend of our anniversary, we bought our very first home. Best anniversary present ever, I might add. For a “paper” themed gift, I think he did pretty darn well (a deed!). I’m wondering how he’s going to top that for our second anniversary. I’m totally kidding (since a vacation home is out of the question). Seriously though, my husband is my best friend and I love him more and more every day. He works so hard to provide for us and I appreciate all that he does more than I could ever put into words.
So yeah, we celebrated our first anniversary as a married couple and bought our very first home. That home, I might add, was/is in Massachusetts, where we are both originally from and our families still live, so we made the move from New Jersey back to Massachusetts in March.
It’s been wonderful being back in Massachusetts. I have a big, fat Greek family and we are all very close, so being able to see them often without having to take time off of work and/or drive for 8 hours round trip is truly a blessing. Since being home in Mass, my amazing parents have sacrificed their own time to help me out with the dogs on days when I’m working and the hubbs is traveling for business. And sometimes my mom will even bring over homemade avgolemono soup (Greek egg lemon soup – if you’ve never had it, you should – it’s delicious). There have been many “cousin parties” where my brothers, all of our cousins and our significant others get together for a game night or gift exchange. We always have a great time together and these are truly some of my favorite moments. I am a very, very lucky girl for all of these and so many more reasons.
I traveled a bit this year as well. I went to Chicago with my sister-in-law for BlogHer, I spent two different weekends down in Florida (one girls’ weekend for my dear friend’s bachelorette, and the other for her wedding) and my husband and I took a mini getaway to Cape Cod for my birthday. We didn’t take any big trips this year, mainly due to the fact that we bought a house, but we plan to do that in 2014.
I also learned and grew quite a bit business-wise. I completed another year of my MBA program and am that much closer to graduating, and took further steps into the world of entrepreneurship. It’s slow going, but I will open a boutique. I am working slowly towards that goal because I want to do it right, and I want to be successful.
Unfortunately, there were a couple of bumps in the road this year, too. One particular hurdle was my grandmother’s diagnosis of liver cancer. My Nana is in her 90s, but I have to say, she is the strongest woman I know. The woman still wears heels! She underwent radiation and as of now, it has stopped the growth of her tumors. She’s doing well!
All that said, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued readership and support. Without you, Glossy Blonde would not be what it is today. I started this blog to share my favorite beauty tips & products, baking recipes and outfit ideas with my friends and family and I am completely in awe of how much this blog has grown. I am so thankful to every single one of you that give up even just a second of your time to stop by. To those who comment day after day with so much encouragement and support, those who follow along via social media and laugh at my stupid humor or love seeing photos of my pets, and those readers I have formed friendships with – some of those friendships have even grown outside of the blogging community. Each and every one of you is near and dear to my heart, and the fact that you come back time and time again to read what I – quirky, silly, sometimes a little weird, me - have to say is the best feeling in the world. I am so grateful for your support this past year and hope that we can continue to grow together through 2014 and beyond.
2013 went by so quickly in my eyes, but looking back, this was a year filled with lots of changes, but at the same time, lots of love and tons of great moments that I’ll hold with me for the rest of my life.
I’ll leave you with a recap of some of my top posts in 2013:
Happy New Year! xx