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A Year in Review || 2013, Part II

There are all of two days left in 2013. Count 'em, TWO. And today is my last day in the Lone Star State for quite some time. I have to tell you, I've missed it dearly and am very sad to leave. But I've had my share of sweet tea, Tex Mex, and Nanny's cooking, so I'll call that a win. Back to 2013, it was SO FULL of wonderful experiences that we are now on Part II of the highlights. ;)

The Highlights, Part II:

5. Anthropologie. I have always wanted to work at an Anthropologie. However, until this year I have never lived close enough to one to submit my application. I love the brand, the company, the CANDLES. It is a heaven on earth for many a 20-something, myself included. While working at Anthro I've learned a lot about my personal work ethic, redeveloped a personal style, and noticed my need for self control and budgeting. The women I work with are wonderful, and I actually enjoy spending my mornings in the stock room opening new products and doing online orders. I got a slight promotion last month and am ready to take on the new year ;)

6. Quiet Time. The lovely Katie calls it her Holy Time, and I'm thinking of adopting the title. This year has brought one of the richest seasons with Jesus that I have ever known. Moving across the country where you don't know a soul is ample opportunity and reason to find dependence on something other than the community and safety I'd grown to love. I still have so much I want to learn, and so much more depth to search out. Thankfully His mercies are new every morning and his wisdom abounds. You can never know or trust enough. 

7. Lifegroup. Thanks to Lifegroup Wednesday is probably my favorite day of the week. I have been in a Lifegroup for four years now, and it was the first thing I looked for after moving to Seattle. The church I attended in Waco started Mosaic Community Church around 8 years ago. I knew that I needed it immediately surround myself with people similarly passionate about Kingdom values and work. But it was incredibly strange to plug an address into my GPS and walk up to an unfamiliar door asking "Is this Lifegroup?" But in that group of strangers I found a fantastic group of friends. We have a stellar potluck dinner each week (these people can COOK!) and discipleship groups during the week. They are so encouraging, and I consider myself quite blessed. 

8. Dandylyon Drama. When not at Anthro, I work for a children's theatre company called Dandylyon Drama. We are a small team that goes  into elementary schools and puts on musical theatre classes and full productions. During the summer, we run camps for preschoolers through high school age, and my first week with the company I directed Hairspray. Let me tell you, children's theatre is a while new world and has been an eye opening experience! I start directing Alice in Wonderland in two weeks and Peter Pan soon follows. It was a great opportunity to start directing right out of undergrad and such a blessing to already be getting great experience. 

9. Dancing. You know what I'm excited about? Swing lessons! I took my first round in November and even attended Seattle's West Coast Swing convention. My parents met dancing and I probably danced before I could walk, so it was a blast to get back into it. I start round two next week and hope to go out more frequently. It felt do good to break out my dancing shoes! And I must day, after wearing ballroom shoes, I never want to wear character shoes again! 

Well look at that! 2013 in a nutshell. Tomorrow brings a fresh start AND the two year anniversary of this little ol' blog of mine! Happy day! Tonight I'm ringing in the new year with my church group, and I'll see you all next year!

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  1. I loved this second round of highlights :) I bet it's a great time working at Anthro! And I love how your friend calls it Holy Time too.

    Thanks for sharing parts of your 2013!

    xo, gina

  2. Aww this is awesome! I love that you swing dance! I wonder if its a Seattle thing, or even a Green Lake thing because a lot of Green Lakers I knew while living there looooved swing! My going away/birthday party while living in Green Lake was a Paris Swing theme and one of my roomies taught us to swing! Fun times!

  3. What a great way to bring in the new year! Happy new year!!!

  4. Do you know a girl named Caroline at Mosaic? I worked with her last year and she's an SPU grad! She's terrific :)

  5. I've actually never been to that store before, but have heard great things!!
    I love the collage you have with the circles, how do you do that?? it is so pretty and fresh:)