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From 2013 to 2014

2013 in review

What a year! 2013 took us from Amsterdam to Portland, past our first wedding anniversary, to Mexico and Canada and all across the Pacific Northwest, and on the path to parenthood. I learned a lot, grew as a person, and was challenged to go beyond my comfort zone. There were missteps and tears, but also new opportunities, the chance to see things differently, and room for love to grow.

As we stand at the beginning of 2014, I can’t wait to see what this year holds and am so thankful it won’t involve an international move. I set goals for myself on a regular basis, so making New Year’s resolutions is a familiar task. This year, I aim to expand my freelance work, explore new areas in Oregon, and do my best to prepare my mind, body, and relationship for the arrival of our baby in June. What are your goals for 2014?

We had a fantastic beginning, ringing in the New Year with our friends Tom and Candy in Bend, a small town in Central Oregon. The day started with a beautiful morning, a delicious breakfast of sweet potato and wild salmon hash, then a short hike along the Deschutes River to Steelhead Falls (pictured below). On the drive back to Portland, Marcus and I talked about our personal, professional, and financial goals for the year and answered the first question in this journal for two. It was a perfect start to the year. Happy New Year!

Steelhead Falls

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2013 calendar

It’s 2013! A rainy morning in Amsterdam, the streets lined with the evidence of last night’s firecracker extravaganza. Marcus and I are usually in Portland or Berlin for New Year’s Eve and it was our first time celebrating in Amsterdam. In lieu of a party, we had a quiet celebration with cheese fondue, champagne, and an intense game of Scrabble. As the clock struck midnight, we stood together at the window, watching the fireworks bursting above and sang along with Sufjan Stevens’ Auld Lang Syne.

And now, on to the New Year. If you’re still looking for a calendar, I would recommend this one from aprons and birds, available in English and Spanish for the northern and southern hemispheres.

New Year Wishes

Happy New Year to all! I hope you enjoyed a lovely celebration wherever in the world you celebrated. I found myself in Portland this year, a lovely night filled with music, masks, and martinis. Admittedly, I did miss the Berlin-style celebration that I took part in the past two years with fireworks and dancing past dawn. How did you celebrate? Wishing you a wonderful year, here’s to 2011! (image via derekskey )