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2013: Year in Review

It's true: I was planning to hold off on posts until after the new year. Instead, I'm back in action here on the blog after a work/illness/food/family/friend –filled week. We had a lovely Christmas, but I have to be honest: it wasn't much of a break. You know when you end up wishing for a break from your break? That's the feeling I'm feeling.

Aside from all that, I've missed you all and I'm very excited to be back just in time to share some of my favorite posts of 2013. It's been a pretty great year, so I hope you don't mind if I indulge in a little reminiscing!


One of our favorite pastimes is loading up the dogs and heading to the Snyder family ranch. While we're now down to just one pup, all of our dogs over the years have experienced the thrill of running through field after field. We're so grateful to have the space to explore – even in the muddy month of January!


In February I offered up five of my favorite places to take a stroll in the Sacramento area and it has become one of my most popular posts! If you're visiting the area anytime soon, feel free to tuck these tips away for future use.

MARCH 2013:

In March I started thinking about the career paths of the many (many) creative people I've come across over the years. This post was the beginning of the 'Creating Your Own Path' series, which is one of my favorite posts to publish every month.  

APRIL 2013:

In April I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Cal Neva, which is a quirky hotel and casino perched high above the banks of Lake Tahoe. There are dozens of rumors and conspiracies floating around about the place, which makes for a fantastic tour!

MAY 2013:

I kicked off the 'Creating Your Own Path' series in May with the very talented Sacramento-based artist, Brian Schmitt. His work is absolutely incredible.

JUNE 2013:

In June I finally had a chance to write about the quick trip I took to Denver in April. It was my first time in Denver and I must say, I left pretty impressed. I think the city's dedication to public art struck me the most.

JULY 2013:

The month of July was almost entirely dedicated to our road trip to Glacier National Park and I'm not sorry about it at all. To read about our adventures, click here and scroll to your heart's delight.  

AUGUST 2013:

August was full of family time and an opportunity to visit new-to-me spots along the central coast of California.


In an effort to share my favorite parts of my hometown, I wrote a little love letter to the Sacramento area and put together a handy guide for anyone looking to visit. 


We had a chance to check out Ocean Cove for some fall camping and abalone diving in October. It is such a stunning place!


In November I took the leap and consolidated my two websites (blog + portfolio site) into one. What an experience that was! I'm absolutely loving that all of my online goodies are now in one place.  


December was a month of juggling work schedules, much-needed family time, holiday fun and (unfortunate) winter illnesses. In the midst of all that, we introduced our dog Hank to snow and were rewarded with some thoroughly entertaining moments.  


What a year! Looking back makes my heart so full, but I'm thrilled to be heading into a new year with new possibilities for adventure.

Cheers to 2014, my friends! 

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My 2012 Highlight Reel

In response to this WordPress prompt, I thought I'd take a look back at some highlights from the last 12 months. In all honesty, I feel like this entire blog has become a highlight reel of sorts. Every person, place or thing I've posted about has held a special place in my year, so picking just one photo and post for each month is a tough task! Regardless, I'm always up for a trip down memory lane... so here it goes:



Last year at this time I was secretly driving from Helena to Missoula, MT to surprise my best gal pal, Jamie, for her 30th birthday. We got to ring in the new year and celebrate her birthday all in one SUPER fun visit. Just looking back makes me grateful to have started 2012 with some of my favorite people on the planet. You can read more about the trip here and here.



In February, I started looking for recommendations from friends and family for local electrical companies that could help us remove this unsightly beast from our kitchen. More on the lovely results in a bit.



In mid-March, I happened to read this article reviewing a new app called Everplaces and was so excited about the app that I launched right into my own review. That review led to amazing opportunities on the content creation front (I'll cover that in a bit) and created what I can only hope will be lasting friendships with the crew at Everplaces.



In April, I posted an interview with the lovely people behind the {now} well-known Gypsy Mobile Boutique. If you were anywhere near Sacramento this past summer, you probably caught a glimpse of Gypsy around town. That truck is everywhere! You can read the full post here to learn more.



In late April and early May, I wrote a series of posts about a wonderful weekend trip to Pescadero, CA with my mom. The trip was equal parts fun, adventure and relaxation and we can't wait to have many more excursions like this in the future! Read more about it here, here and here.



Okay, so we actually took our road trip to Montana in May, but I was so busy with all kinds of real life goodness that I didn't get to post about it until late May/early June. Ahhh, the life of a working blogger. The trip was short, but incredibly sweet and we covered a lot of ground. Have I mentioned that after about six hours in the car, my husband and I get a bit loopy? Well, it's true. This trip was full of loopy, good times, which you can read about here and here.



In July, we finally finished our kitchen lighting project! We found a great company here in town to set us up with beautiful lighting and we've been enjoying our kitchen ever since. You can read more about the project here.



In August, this here blog was a bit quiet. I was super busy enjoying not sharing every. single. thing. I even posted about not sharing. Ironic, right? :)



In September, I hopped right back on the over-sharing train. Just in time too... I was able to capture and share what can only make me a huge nerd: the Space Shuttle Endeavour flyover here in Sacramento, CA! Luckily, I was far from being the only nerd in town. You can see more snaps here.



In October, I was incredibly excited to announce the launch of my first travel guide app in partnership with Everplaces. I've since launched another travel guide app for the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains. I couldn't be more thrilled to have the opportunity to create content, work with such talented developers and designers and share my favorite spots with people all over the world.



In November, I met up with friends for a fun-filled weekend in San Francisco, CA. The trip started with concert tickets to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and turned into 72 hours of amazing times. Don't you love when things work out that way?



This month, I've had way too many highlights to truly pick just one. Wrapping up the year surrounded by close family and friends has been perfect in so many ways. If I had to pick one defining post for this month, however (since that is the task at hand), I'd say it's the post about changing things up on the social media front. As a former marketing and PR junky and all-around lover of the internet, I started my involvement in social media loooong before anyone even called it social media. I'm always checking out the newest websites and apps, but I often forget to let go of what's no longer working. That's going to change in 2013. The most notable change for me will be saying goodbye to Facebook. It's been a handy tool over the years, but I'm finding it less and less useful. Even more so, I'm finding it to be less of a positive experience. I'm not alone in this, either. This post from the New York Times is pretty right-on in terms of how I'm feeling about the social media giant. We'll see if I can really give up Instagram, though. I'm sticking with it for now, but I'm guessing the ad-integration that is sure to come will be clumsily executed and rather annoying. As always, I'll keep posting this blog to various platforms and see what sticks!


Anyone else taking the challenge of summarizing your year in one post? If you are, please feel free to link up in the comment section!

Happy New Year's Eve, all! Be safe!

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