2013 In Review

At the end of 2012, I made the claim that it was the biggest and best year of my life. I can’t say with certainty that 2013 was a better year, but it was certainly a bigger year. For me, 2013 was a major transition year. I moved out of St. Louis for the first time in my life. I left the teaching profession and started a new career. Essentially, I started a new life. There were some difficult moments, but it was a great year and I’m very happy to be where I am now.

Here is a brief recap of some of my best moments and my low points.

The Low Points:

    • I said a very emotional goodbye to my cross country and track athletes after coaching for nine years (one of them drew this picture for me)

tower joggle


The Highlights:

    • I was named the Missouri Coaches Association Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year
    • I finished my coaching career (for now) with a 3rd place finish at the State track meet, including a first place 4×400 relay that ran the 3rd fastest time in state history
    • I made a decent amount of money through my writing and received my first advance check for a short story collection
    • I expanded Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine into a press and published 3 flash novels in print
    • I drove back to Jefferson City to watch my former cross country team repeat as state champions
    • I saw Sigur Ros in concert for the first time (been waiting 10 years for this)
    • I completed up to Chapter 33 in my serial novel Misty Me and Me and jukepop 10cracked the JukePop Top 10
    • My record for Longest One-Armed Plank while Juggling Two Balls was named an honorable mention for the 2013 record of the year by RecordSetter.
  • I got to see this –>
    elena and santa
  • And do this –>
    carebear family


So what’s in store for 2014? I’ll be posting my goals in a few days. I’m hoping for another great year with lots of writing, juggling, and laughing.


3 thoughts on “2013 In Review

  1. You are a beautiful family! Life doesn’t stand still, does it? Thanks for sharing bits of your year. I’ll be watching in 2014 (on the blog, not in some creepy way).

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