Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013 Blog Highlights and Year in Review

I wasn't planning on doing a year-end review of highlights from my blog because I find it difficult to put together and write. But then I realized that I like looking at all my blog posts from the year to remind myself of what I've been up to creatively, and I like having the year-end roundup posts to look back at later on. So, here's a quick list of my creative highlights from 2013:
1. Paint Party Friday and Glue it Tuesday - I enjoyed participating in both of these memes this year, even if I didn't participate every week. They were great reminders to pull out my art journals and actually work in them.
2. My Photographer's Eye - I created this series to pair my photography with my writing. I enjoyed it, and I want to do more of it in 2014.
3. Storytelling Sunday, A Simple Moment and Tea with Abi - I loved how each of these memes gave me the opportunity to focus on my writing skills.
4. Passport to Art - Bernice offered this free class, and I loved putting together an art journal which documented my life-long love of travel and its influence on me.
5. Kelly Kilmer's Dry Art Journal class - I enjoyed creating an entire art journal without paint and using so much of my patterned paper and collage sheets.
6. Finding Your Voice Workshop - I learned so much in this workshop about the type of photographs I want to take and what I want to write about, as well as what I'm not yet ready to write about. The photo comic at the top of today's post came from that class.
7. Look Up//Look Down - a wonderful weekly, year long photo meme sponsored by Helena, which I actually managed to complete!
8. Photo-Heart Connection - a monthly practice where I reviewed my photos and chose the one which most touched my heart. I loved this!
9. I also loved hosting the 2013 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt and look forward to doing it again in 2014!
10. Finally, my blog friends rallied round to sponsor Clara and I when we ran in the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon to raise money to fight leukemia and lymphoma. I consider this the crowning achievement of my entire blogging career. And I owe it all to you!
And while I'm at it, I thought I'd include the family highlights letter I put in my Christmas card this year:
v  Paul’s cancer (diagnosed in July, 2012 while on vacation in Spain) is in remission.
v  Henry’s senior year at HMBHS includes a soccer championship, a final year of baseball with kids he’s known since little league, graduation and a fabulous senior trip to Costa Rica.
v  Clara gets a new dog – Aria, a 40 pound mutt, joins JJ (cat) and Gypsy (dog) in the menagerie.
v  Maria and Clara complete the San Diego Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon, raising $7,000 with Team in Training to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma.
v  Paul’s consulting firm, CTP Planning and Economics, continues to grow
v  Henry heads off to the University of Oregon where he is fully embracing the Duck experience. He plays Club Soccer, rushes a fraternity (Sigma Chi) and survives rain and snow.
v  After spending her freshman year at Oceana High School, Clara returns to Half Moon Bay High School where she becomes a cross-country standout. Her team qualifies for the State Championship meet, and we spend Thanksgiving weekend in Fresno.

v  Clara’s interest in animals leads her to volunteer at the Peninsula Humane Society where she and Maria walk dogs once a week. She will also raise chickens and sell eggs in 2014. 

So, that's what I was up to this year on my blog and in my life. What about you? Do you post a year-end review? If so, leave me a link  so I can go visit.


Lesley G said...

A great review :)
Love that dog photo at the top, glad you will be doing another Scavenger Hunt and so very glad Paul is in remission.
Have a wonderful 2014 :) xx

Missus Wookie said...

So glad the good stuff outnumbers the bad. Love the comic at the top :)

Eileen T said...

I discovered your blog via the summer scavenger hunt and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Very pleased to hear that you plan to host another scavenger hunt this year.

It's lovely to hear that Paul is in remission and I pray that this continues to be the case.

I don't review my blog but do write a review of events of the year:

Jane said...

So pleased Paul is in remission x

Sian said...

There's a lot of great stuff in there.

Seeing the tshirt for the race beside the memory of the scavenger hunt there made me think - maybe next year the scavenger hunt should have its own tshirts!

Jimjams said...

Great to read your round-up - what a lot you packed into your year!

scrappyjacky said...

You've really achieved a lot,Rinda.

debs14 said...

What a lot if good things 2013 held for you all.
Very excited to hear there are already plans for another Scavenger Hunt!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

This is such a great review of your blogging year, Rinda. I'm always so impressed with all the memes you participate in!

No blog review for me this year...just didn't make the time for it.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I was going to do a year review but just doing December's took too much energy so I've put it off.

Love all your memes! I'm hoping to do a few more this year

Miriam said...

Catching up with you Rinda. You PHC is beautiful both the image and the heart connection. Love your review, no I don't usually do one, I seem to run out of time all the time!

Alison said...

I'm so glad 2013 was such a positive year for you all, Rinda....I'll be in touch soon with my finalised travel very excited!
Alison xx

sky-blu-pink said...

Wow, what an action packed year for you and your lovely family! Lots of good news re health and achievements, and how busy you have been! Thoroughly enjoyed the Scavenger hunts, and look forward to the next!

Sandie said...

What a busy year, and a great review. Some wonderful things you have achieved and I am greatly looking forward to another Scavenger Hunt!

The Mann Fam said...

How fun seeing some of those fun posts I enjoyed reading show up in your top posts. :) I think my all time favorite was the piano on the beach

Beverly said...

Love the dog photos, they reminded me too of the piano on the beach. I enjoy looking back at people's year through their year in review, so am glad you decided to do it. You've seen mine, all pics make it easy ;)

Melissa said...

What a wonderful review of your 2013 blog & life happenings! I didn't do a year-end review like this, but I did post my reflections on the year (which you've already seen). Now - on to 2014! :>)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I'm glad to see you'll be doing the scavenger hunt again this year. Hopefully this time I'll get them all. Best wishes for 2014.