At the end of 2012, I declared that 2013 would be mine. There was no doubt in my mind that 2013 would be a big year for me. Whether it would be good or bad I couldn’t tell at first, but I knew that 2013 would be a really important year. As I look back at the end of the year, it really has been a turning point for me, both personally and professionally. I started the year off trying out different ventures, but still staying true to my incredible desire to be a writer. Throughout the year I wrote for various online publications, practicing my craft with each post, learning and refining my skills in the online world. Trust me, I learned a lot. I’m still learning actually. But professionally I grew stronger and more convicted with I wanted to do.

2013 showed me a lot of opportunities, some that I would never have imagined! Towards the end of the year, I had the opportunity to fly to New York City (courtesy of Cadillac) to view their newest Escalade! Trust me, I was in awe the entire time! It was my first time in New York City and the first time I’ve ever travelled alone. My time there was short, but I’m really glad that I got the chance to see the city, solo. Honestly, it was a little intimidating at first but it was incredible!

On the contrary, 2013 also showed me that things aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. While there were a lot of opportunities and I did go for them, they weren’t always what I thought they would be. But you can’t always look at it like downfalls, more like lessons and experiences. Good or bad, every experience teaches you something. What I learned? That sometimes it’s okay to say ‘no’ to certain opportunities if you find it’s not really right for you; that sometimes it’s better to walk away from these ‘great opportunities’ if it’s not helping you grow.

I also got over my “blogger’s anxiety” in 2013. I know I know it was long overdue, but hey I got over it! After writing and contributing for many different blogs and online magazines, I realized that I should really take time to contribute to my own site. To show people who I really am, what I’m interested in, and places I enjoy going and good eats. This blog has grown from a portfolio to an extension of me.

I did a lot of growing up in 2013 and I know that I still will. I’m a lot more focused, determined and ready to tackle whatever 2014 can throw at me! As for more 2014 resolutions and goals, that’s for another post. Smell ya later 2013, 2014 –I’m ready for ya.