I joked about yesterday that I wouldn't be a real blogger if I didn't have a post dedicated to it being the end of 2013 and I was only halfway joking.
The reason we have to have all of these end of the year posts, tweets, Instagram pictures/videos, Facebook posts, etc is because we feel a need to always reflect. Y'all know that I reflect on everything, whether it be a day, weekend, week, month, year, whatever (Examples 1, 2, and 3). I have so many posts where it's nice to just look back and commemorate on the time that we've had. And I love it! To be in this blogging thing, you have to have several things, two of them being humility and gratitude, which go hand in hand with this post.
2013 was a freaking fantastic year. It was a year of so many new things, more than have ever happened in my little life. When I think about the beginning of last year and one of the first big things was participating in our Youth Sunday at church where I gave my testimony, I beam. I spoke in front of my entire church about the problems I had freshman year and how I had gotten over them through the love and power of Christ, and that was one of the first times I really expressed my voice and love of God to the public. I had no clue that in a few months, my new blog would be doing that for me.
I will reiterate that everything I've done and gotten to in my life are through Christ. Some people may try to get rid of a religious aspect of their blog, and even though this isn't a 'religious blog', it's part of who I am!
At the beginning of last year if someone were to ask me what my passions were, I would probably just say reading. If someone were to ask me if I could see where my future was going, I would probably say something completely different. This year, I defined the word passion in the views of both Meredith Scroggin and Monogram Meredith.
I've written about it in blog posts and in college essays galore, but I really think passion is something that's an integral part of every single person. My blog started as a way to promote my shirts and share recipes, but the growth and development of what it is now and what I write about now just shows me the kinds of growth I have personally gone through. Yeah, I only turned 18 this year and I have so many things to figure out about who I am, but this was a great start to being 'an adult'. (*shivers*)
This year, I learned. Can't even express that enough. I learned how to start my own business, how to do this blog thing, how to be a better Meredith, and learned things that I won't ever stop learning. My shirts may just be monogrammed t-shirts, but they are the sole reason for my blog being titled Monogram Meredith and my friends referring to me as Monogram Meredith and my readers knowing me as Monogram Meredith. My shirts showed me that I see myself going into business and prompted me to look at schools (and summer programs) focused on business. My shirts are cute things that people wear, but they hold so much more of a significant meaning than just shirts.
This year, I met people that I fell in love with. Not necessarily in a romantic sense, but I fell in love with knowing and meeting and interacting with people and learning about people. I met so many new people through my Leadership in the Business World program that I still keep so dear to my heart. Through blogging, I've met (whether virtually or in real life) the most incredible people that I would have never met if I hadn't started this blog. I've met new people that are my close friends and gotten closer with people that have been in my life for a while.
And more than anything, this year I made memories that I could capture through the presence of this blog. (I've put so many throwback photos on my other posts that I'm just trying to really focus on things that happened and photos that align with memories, not posts or photos that I love :) )
what?? this was from my first blog post on this site
But I will say that my three big things (Passport, vacation, LBW) this summer were by far some of the best memories.
(the one time my sister and I took candy from strangers-- they were filming a commercial)
If there's one thing I would go back to and relive over and over, it'd be LBW.
the time I got stuck in an elevator with 20 people for an hour at LBW
...and the beginning of my last year of high school
believe it or not, The Blog Baton was such a great day/memory!
Again, so, so, so many memories and people that I simply didn't have photos for but were a HUGE part of my 2013.
I'm going to be writing about my New Years
Resolutions Goals soon, but for now, this is a shoutout to 2013.
I get excited for this year being over because even there were incredible amounts of changes and cool things that happened, I know that next year when I write my post for 2014 ending, literally everything will have changed. (College, ya know)
And as my sweet blog friend, Rachel (Sunshine and Sinatra) said, Dear 2014: Love Me.
AND EVERYONE PLEASE HAVE A FREAKING GREAT NEW YEAR'S EVE.
PS: Want to see my spazzed out version of what my 2013 looked like in Instagram photos (and possibly get dizzy/get a seizure/call me a millennial for squeezing one year into 15 seconds)? Click here.