What a whirlwind year it’s been! I cannot believe 2013 has come and gone already.

All in all, 2013 was a wonderful year. Let’s recap a little bit.

I celebrated my first anniversary at a job I love, and I’m nearing the two-year mark there. I continue to love my job a little more each day. I find myself keeping work/life balance in check (something I struggled with at my teaching job), while getting the best out of my 9 – 5 (okay, a little more than 9 – 5) and meeting my goals. I continue to be passionate about CCFA, and I hope to have a long, happy career there.

Posing in my Staff shirt with my Nuun waterbottle. Because, yay, I'm a 2014 Nuun Ambassador!

Posing in my Staff shirt with my Nuun waterbottle. Because, yay, I’m a 2014 Nuun Ambassador!

I had an incredible running year. At the end of 2012, I vowed not to set speed goals. I just wanted to have fun, enjoy running again, and not put any pressure on myself. I ended up signing for the Twin Cities Marathon — a race with a 6 hour limit. I’d never run a marathon that fast before! I started training knowing that I might not finish the race in time. Even after I signed up, I vowed not to put crazy pressure on myself. I just wanted to work really hard and see what I could do. And holy cow, it paid off. I wound up with PRs in the 5k, half marathon, and full marathon this year!

Just before I crushed the Twin Cities Marathon. :)

Just before I crushed the Twin Cities Marathon. :)

I got more involved with my beloved alma mater, Clarke University. I became the Clarke Catalyst for Change and I’ve had so much fun being involved. Clarke Homecoming was a total blast!

Yay Clarke!

Yay Clarke!

I started new treatment for my Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis? Indeterminate colitis? IBD! The doctors are constantly changing their opinion on what form of IBD I actually have. Maybe my colonoscopy this month will give us more scoop. At any rate, my doc is closely monitoring my medications. I started taking it in April and we’re currently refining the dose. As always, IBD has its ups and downs, but I feel  better than I ever have before.

My 17-hour day in the ER in April. Here's hoping for none of these visits in the New Year.

My 17-hour day in the ER in April. Here’s hoping for none of these visits in the New Year.

And of course, there were lots of fun things in my day-to-day life, too. I was the Maid of Honor in my friend Molly’s wedding, I saw my favorites (Hanson!) live in concert, took in live theater (including Million Dollar Quartet to ring in the New Year!) and spent fun times with friends and family.

I am completely and totally blessed with loving and supportive family and friends. I’m staring the New Year feeling grateful for all that I have. I hope you are, too.

How was your 2013? What were the highlights?

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2 Responses to Farewell, 2013.

  1. Andrea says:

    Sounds like a great year! I ran my first half marathon this year and then ran my second half with Team Challenge in Vegas and it was a blast! Good luck with everything in 2014!
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  2. Tina says:

    Your story resonates with me so much. I did a half marathon before I got diagnosed with Crohns, but haven’t been able to run since. I hope someday to get back into running- you’re such an inspiration!

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