Even though I haven’t been blogging much, I couldn’t miss out on doing my Year in Review Survey!

To fill out the annual New Year’s survey and assess last year’s resolutions:

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Flew to Kentucky for an interview (and fell in love with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale again), participated in a flash mob, got to sit on the other side of the table as an interviewer at TPE, was a mentor at RD2B, did a Mud Run, made a tutu for my sister, bought a washer/dryer, saw Bare Naked Ladies live!, actually took the day off for my birthday and went to the beach, ran my fastest 5k, saw one of my students in an off-Broadway play, went to a non-Student Affairs conference (NWSA), became a certified Spinning Instructor, accepted my dream job at Miami University of Ohio, packed up our entire apartment in a week, hired actual movers

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for this year?
I kept my first one…the others were more struggles!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Corrie had Genevieve, Marci had Tabitha, Laura had Ava, Michelle had Andrew and Jill had Cameron! Lots of adorable babies this year!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
*knocks on wood* No, we were lucky this year!

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the US this year!

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A baby! And to be prepared to apply for a PhD program!

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched on your memory and why?
February 14th-23rd-1 Billion Rising/V-Week/ Vagina Monologues

March 14th-20th-NASPA

April 27th-Gettin’ Muddy for Kids Mud Run

July 19th-BNL/Ben Folds/Guster concert

October 19th-Penguin 5k

October 16th-V-Men video launches

December 5th-Accepted my dream job!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a new job!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting my body baby ready

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Camping site fees, gas for the car to visit people and my Spinning Certification

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Matt, my co-workers and supervisor, my cousins, our friends

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
some of my students

13. Where did most of your money go?
Bills and traveling….both worth it.

14. What did you get really, really excited about?
Camping, moving into our new apartment, the new job!

15. What song will always remind you of 2012?
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

16. Compared to this time last year are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter
iii. richer or poorer? richer

17. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising-I’m still not on my game…I hope teaching Spinning will change that!

18. What do you wish you’d done less of?
worrying about things I can’t control

19. How will you be spending Christmas?
With the family

20. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I already was and still am….Matt is the love of my life and always will be.

21. How many one night stands?

22. What was your favorite tv program?
Grey’s and Scandal

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate at this time last year?
Not really

24. What was the best book you read?
Every Jennifer Haigh book I read, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Gulp by Mary Roach, War Brides and The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan, Cooked by Michael Pollan, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Didn’t really have one.

26. What did you want and get?
A new job!

27. What did you want and not get?
A baby

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I just saw Saving Mr. Banks and it was awesome!

29. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 31…Matt and I went to the beach, got sunburned, then went out to eat

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Staying healthier

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Business casual with athletic

32. What kept you sane?
Matt, my co-workers, Sarah, Meg and Kate

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jennifer Lawrence is awesome

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
reproductive justice, healthcare

35. Who do you miss?
A lot of people

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Meg! I am so glad she became part of the Conn staff!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
You can’t control everything. When you are confident in your self and your skills, the right next step will come to you.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Now for resolutions (Italics are 2013′s, then responses, then 2014 will be at the bottom):

2013 Resolutions:



2013 Resolutions:

1. Don’t beat myself up about weight loss. For the past two years, I have talked about losing weight and every year I beat myself up for not doing it. No more…just focus on being healthy. If the weight comes off while doing that, well great, but it’s not the focus.

I have done this..and I feel really good about it. It will be continued for 2014!

2. Focus on the job search and my professional development.

I definitely did this and it paid off!

3. Read 100 books in 2013…this seems like a super easy one, but it might not be! I’ll keep a separate page updated with the books I’ve read.

I think I am on 53…but that doesn’t include the articles/short stories/blog posts I have read over the course of the year as well.

4. Try one new recipe a week…I have so many recipes on Pinterest and in cookbooks and in Evernote, I need to start making some of them!

I completely forgot about this one! I did try some new recipes this year, but I don’t if it was on a weekly basis!

2014 Resolutions:

1. Don’t beat myself up about weight loss. For the past two years, I have talked about losing weight and every year I beat myself up for not doing it. No more…just focus on being healthy. If the weight comes off while doing that, well great, but it’s not the focus.

2. Integrate myself into the Miami community.

3. Apply to present at a National Conference.

4. Pull off my plan for August!

Here’s to a new year…I hope it is happy and healthy for all!