Bidding Farewell to 2013


Looking back at this past year, I can proudly and safely say that it's been one of the greatest so far. Top of the list. I took a quick glance at the list of resolutions and goals that I wrote up as 2012 came to a close and, surprisingly, I actually stuck to most of them without even looking at them.

I took another road trip down to Tennessee for the Bonnaroo music festival, which was absolutely insane. I didn't exactly master Adobe Illustrator, but I took the extra effort and took a Skillshare class to introduce myself to the basics. I didn't book a wedding photography job quite yet, but I certainly booked a surprise engagement shoot and I would count that since it's within the same realm of romance. ;) I'm slowly, but surely, learning how to accept compliments without dismissing them entirely, and finally...I'm currently on the west coast (and I'm pretty sure it's still 2013). The only goal left untouched was my wish to start practicing my violin again but who knows, maybe when I don't have roommates to bother in the future.

But, beyond my resolutions, I managed to blow this year away and I couldn't be happier about it. Take that, 2013. This past September marked my first full year living on my own in New York City with some awesome roommates (without managing to go broke). I managed to land a front row seat at New York Fashion Week and a mention in the Wall Street Journal all in the same week.  I finally had my photography featured at an art show in Brooklyn and I also moderated a panel for young professionals. Career wise, I learned so much from the amazing people I work with on a daily basis and even landed my first promotion! Oh, and let's talk about all the adventures I was able to save up for? Hello, Turkey and Miami! And I can't forget Jeremy coming back from his year teaching abroad in Turkey and finding myself falling in love with him all over again.

As each day passes, I always tend to focus on the little frustrations or the myriad of thoughts that drag me back and forth between the past and the future. But now that the year has come to an end, it's nice to remind myself of the things I'm thankful for because ultimately those are the things you work for, the things that matter, the things that keep you going.

And one of those things is you. But wait, don't roll your eyes. I'm being serious right now. If I didn't meet so many awesome people in this crazy little blogosphere that we're all strangely a part of, I would have given up on JennifHsieh much longer ago. You guys know just as well as I do that blogging can get pretty tedious and it's an entire struggle in itself not to compare yourself to other bloggers, when truthfully it shouldn't even matter. But luckily, I've only come across people that support me, people I look up to, and people that I've made amazing connections with. Thank you, thank you, and thank you for everything and for coming along on these ridiculous adventures I call my life.

Thank you.

Let's cheers to another year? ;) 

12 comments

  1. This all sounds amazing! I'm so glad you accomplished all of these things and traveled so far in just one year!!! Congrats and I hope 2014 is just as good to you.

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  2. This post is beautifully written. You have SO much talent and I'm insanely proud and honored to know you. Happy NYE, Jennifer Hsieh. :)

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  3. What an amazing year my dear!! I am so impressed with all you accomplished, and am jealous of your adventures. That's my main goal for 2014, more adventures.
    I agree that I've met so many amazing and supportive people in the blogosphere, it's a great part of my life to get so much support and positivity from amazing people such as yourself ;)
    Happy New year!

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  4. It's so amazing that you accomplished your goals this year!! Well done!! I hope you accomplish your new goals! Happy New Year!
    ~Sara

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  5. Cheers to 2014. ;)

    Have you blogged about how you moved to NYC? Like how you found a place, how much you had saved up going in, whether you knew your roommates, etc.? It's all relevant to my goal of moving to London later this year. x

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    1. Totally realized I made a note to respond to this and I'm an idiot. Sorry, Lix! And I've actually never talked about it. I'll probably do a Q&A sometime in the next few weeks and I can address it there. :)

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  6. yay congrats on your accomplishments! hope many more great things for u in the year 2014! :D

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  7. This year has been a great one for you!

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  8. Congratulations on everything that has happened this year! I appreciate the thoughtfulness you bring to your blog along with the stylish eye candy.

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  9. Wow, girl! You have a 2013 to be proud of! Sounds like an amazing year, I'm inspired!

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  10. so awesome Jen, you really do have a ton to be proud of! congrats on the promotion, and for doing so many awesome and fun things as well. I say that because often times i find it's easy to excel at one part of life and just suck in the other. I am probably talking about my social life haha. can't wait to see more of the couple photography! hope the Pacific Northwest was amazing to you and Jeremy!

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