2013: Katy In Review

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2013 year in review01. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Sat in the third row for WWE Smackdown
Created and launched my website
Traveled to Birmingham, Ala. (work)
Assisted with (and attended) an estate sale
Had dinner with professional wrestlers
Took an official, bona fide vacation with Rob to St. Pete Beach, Fla.
Drank a bottle of wine in one sitting, by myself. GOALS, people. Goals.
Presented on Blogging for Business as part of the Kansas City Kansas Chamber’s Business Solutions series.
Saw Steve Miller Band in concert.

02. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more?

Mostly and yes

03. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes!

04. Did anyone close to you die?

This was an incredibly painful year in terms of loss, most notably my last surviving grandparent, my beloved Grammy (Bette Scott) and my dad’s sister, Aunt Mary. You’re both missed terribly. My friend, Nikki, unexpectedly lost her younger brother early in the year. Despite unimaginable pain and grief, her family created the most poignant, thoughtful memorial service I’ve ever attended — it was truly an honor to be there, although I wish with every fiber of my being that it hadn’t happened in the first place. Later in the year, the world suddenly and unexpectedly lost a bright and shining light in Curtis Jones, Jr. Listening to so many people reminisce about him and his legacy during his funeral was a heartbreaking yet moving experience that inspired me to strive to live my best life every. single. day.

05. What countries did you visit?

The US of A.

06. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

A healthier body
Nationally published clips
A successful podcast
A flourishing freelance career

07. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 8. After being hospitalized for a little over two days with heart problems, my grandma passed away in the late evening. It was especially shocking given that the doctors had told us just hours before that her prognosis was good and they were examining long-term care options. Saying goodbye to her that night was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I was glad that my brother, my Aunt Kathy and I could be there while she was in the hospital and soon after she passed away. She also had a chance to talk to my mom, my sister-in-law and my sister-in-law’s daughter that last day, and I know they treasure those conversations. I miss her every single day, but thinking of her reunited with my grandpa in heaven helps me smile through the pain.

08. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Taking the next step toward making my career goals a reality by leaving my previous job to return to full-time freelance writing.

09. What was your biggest failure?

I definitely learned some difficult lessons this year, especially in my professional life, but I refuse to consider them failures and instead embrace them as opportunities for growth, change and improvement.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

*knocks on wood* Nothing more than the occasional cold or stomach flu.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Our resort lodging during our Florida vacation.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Most definitely my husband. He has accomplished incredibly amazing things this year and is working hard every day to, quite literally, make his longtime dreams come true. He not only makes me proud; he also inspires me to achieve my own goals and be the main (not supporting) character in my life story.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Idiotic politicians and people who mindlessly post to social media channels without giving their words thought, consideration and, when appropriate, a little bit of research.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent. Bills. Food. Shopping.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My husband’s national art tour
Becoming my own boss
Writing about Kansas City
The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter project

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

There’s no doubt that some amazing things happened this year, especially for my incredible husband. Yet as I look back on 2013, however, the predominant theme is loss — and for me, there’s no better song that speaks to my grief than George Strait’s “You’ll Be There.”

“I’ll see you on the other side
If I make it
And it might be a long, hard ride
But I’m gonna take it
Sometimes it seems that I don’t have a prayer
Let the weather take me anywhere
But I know that I wanna go
Where the streets are gold ’cause you’ll be there.”

Yep — the tears are streaming down my face as I write this. George, you know how to tug on the heartstrings! And even though (to me) it’s an incredibly sad song, I also connect with the lyrics’ undercurrent of hope that, some day, we might one again be reunited with those we’ve loved and lost. It’s anyone’s guess as to what’s ahead of us when we die, but if I have the chance to get another hug from my beloved grandparents, well, I’d consider that the very epitome of heaven.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?

Happier.

ii. thinner or fatter?

Slightly thinner

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Losing weight
Writing
Spending time with family and friends
Knitting

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about things I have no control over
Letting work consume my life and control my mood

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

With people I love.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

I fall a little more in love with my husband every day!

23. How many one-night stands?

None.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Scandal, Downton Abbey, Monday Night Raw and Parenthood

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I try not to hate. There are, however, a few new additions to my shit list!

26. What was the best book you read?

A House In The Sky” by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I’m a new fan of Haim after seeing them perform on SNL. Also Muse and Lorde.

28. What did you want and get?

A career change.
A stronger relationship with my husband.
To begin working with a personal trainer.
To learn how to write a freelance pitch letter.
A vacation.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

It’s a tie between “Gravity” and “Catching Fire.” Both were excellent movies.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Had dinner at a wine bar with friends, followed by a few bar stops. 31.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

To have had one of my national freelance pitches accepted.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Classic clothing and trendy accessories. Big hair is a necessity, regardless of the occasion.

34. What kept you sane?

Rob, our cats, reading, friends, great wine.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I continue to be enamored with Tom Hanks, especially after listening to his two interviews on The Nerdist.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Healthcare and women’s rights.

37. Who did you miss?

Grammy, my Aunt Mary and friends and family who aren’t close by.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Cheryl Birkey, my personal trainer. We began working together in April and she’s truly amazing. My strength and abilities have improved by leaps and bounds, and I’m excited to make more and bigger changes in 2014. The road to better health is most certainly a journey, and I’m so happy to have Cheryl along for the ride!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Take time to assess not only what you love to do professionally, but also what you’re good at. I learned some difficult lessons this year about where my strengths are, as well as my weaknesses. It wasn’t necessarily a fun process, but I’ve taken the necessary steps to put myself in a situation that’s a much better fit — and the resulting affect on my mood, stress level and general well-being is downright amazing. Being self-employed is definitely scary, but it’s invigorating too, and I’m so excited to see what unfolds in 2014. If you’re considering making a similar change in your own life, I urge you to go for it!! Life is short, and if you have an opportunity to do what you love, don’t just take it — seize it and never let go!

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