2013 In Review & An Update

2 Jan

Even though I’ve mostly ended this blog, I couldn’t help but look when I got my annual report from WordPress. I’m honored to see that folks are still reading about my mess and gaining insight, inspiration, or entertainment. At the very least, people have passed some time reading my words. If you’re interested in my stats at all, here they are:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I also want to give everyone a mini update while I’m here. 2014 has started off quite well, even if we are just 2 days in. Since my last post I’ve settled into my new home. Not a lot else has changed. I’m still blissful, in love, and a bit of a mess, in a good way.

Christmas was wonderful. We cut down our own tree at a tree farm, and decorated it together. Tony indulged my love of crappy Christmas music. On the actual day, we had our own little Christmas morning, complete with stockings. Then we went to his parent’s house, my Mom’s house, and back to his parent’s place for the extended family gathering. It was a day full of food, laughter, games, and lots of love.

Tony got me an amazing pair of diamond earrings that haven’t left my ears since I got them, a tablet (which I’m using now), and a bunch of great stocking stuffers (I’m not ashamed to admit that I get ridiculously excited about the little things). Truly the best gift of all is waking up next to him and falling asleep in his arms every night. I’ll never turn down flawless diamonds set in platinum, though. ;)

I’m excited to be starting a new year. I’ve got a feeling that 2014 will have a lot of great things in store for me. 2013 was a year full of transitions, growth, and figuring out what I want. I still have plenty of growing to do, and I’m certain that there will be more changes in my future. But I have come a long way in knowing what I want and not settling for less. That has brought me a lot of contentment, peace, and happiness. It’s a nice place to be.

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3 Responses to “2013 In Review & An Update”

  1. infinitymadness2 January 3, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Wow, it is great to see you in such a good place! you are my inspiration, even if it seems I am stuck on spinning wheels.
    Yay for sweet gifts. I’m very happy for you!

    • beautifulmess7 January 3, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      I was stuck with spinning wheels for a long time, so I understand. I did cringe a little reading that you’re taking him back yet again, after everything he put you through and how little he cares for your feelings. I can’t control that, though, and if that’s a journey you feel you need to take, then I hope you get something positive out of it.

      As for sweet gifts, Tony is very good at that. He’s such a thoughtful, amazing man. I’ve never been this loved and cared for. I didn’t even really believe that this kind of healthy, loving relationship existed, or at least not for me. Maybe in the future you can know what it’s like to have someone show you every day that you’re the most important thing in their life. The gifts are meaningful because of the person they come from, the thought he put into them, and the fact that they’re just one way he makes me feel cherished.

      • infinitymadness2 January 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

        I can imagine your feelings towards my choices. I know it is hard to see a person go through a hurtful cycle over and over – it is hard for me to see myself. I think I am in a better place now, though not where I need or really want to be. I guess some things are contradicting, but my heart is so heavily involved, it is not easy.
        I know, material things mean nothing but a thoughtful gift from a loved one gives an ultimate high! Blessed be.

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