I didn’t get around to a resolutions or reflections post by the customary New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day date, and I had already really set out my goals for the year in this post… but I didn’t want to let too many days of 2014 slip by without at least a small dose of hindsight. The reality is that 2013 was largely a sort of jumping-off year — not an anything big year, but the building blocks for perhaps a huge 2014. I moved into my own studio apartment, I took fantastic trips to New Orleans and Nova Scotia with the boyfriend and the fam, respectively, and I worked very hard on this here blog of mine. But like I said, largely starting points, rather than big changes.
Today is my last day at a job that’s been good to me for the past two-and-a-half years. It was my first job out of college, it was effectively an adult playground (though I swear we did work, lots of it, too). In particular, I’ve made some incredible friends at this job, ones that make leaving easier because I know I’ll continue to see many of them regularly. But on Monday, I start a brand new job and I’m beyond thrilled at the prospect of all that unknown that comes with it. I won’t get into too much detail as I’d like to get into the trenches and get settled a bit first, but I did want to take a moment to reflect as I start 2014 off with lots of change…
I really just want to say thank you. I want to say thank you to my caring family — particularly my parents, who are so excited for me, and who really pushed me to not rush into anything, to think the job offer through, to think the career moves through.
I want to say thank you to my loving, supportive boyfriend, for not only being about as sweet as they come, but also for being excited for me as I moved into a new apartment and took a new job, even as he knew each of those decisions might make things a little more complicated in the next few months as he finishes dental school and we dive into a relationship where we actually live in the same city.
I want to thank not one, but quite a few groups of amazingly supportive friends, for rooting for me and for really knowing me, sometimes better than I know myself — and just for drinking and eating and laughing with me throughout the year. And for eating all the baked goods I won’t stop making.
I want to thank the amazing brands and collaborators who have asked me and What Dress Code? to be a part of their campaigns and guest posts. I couldn’t have imagined some of the opportunities I’ve gotten from the blog a year ago, and I can’t even begin to imagine what else is to come in 2014.
I want to thank the phenomenal network of DC bloggers who I’ve come to know, respect, and constantly be impressed and challenged by. There are of course bloggers all over the country that inspire me, but I think the challenges of pursuing blogging in such a saturated city, though really tough, have made me hold myself to a higher standard. Here’s hoping I can keep up!
I’m thinking this year might be one for mid-year resolutions… I’m too in between things right now to think too hard about it, so you’ll just have to hang in there until I have more to work with. In the meantime though, I just wanted to say thanks. And here’s to a 2014 that’s way bigger and better.