Looking Back: 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I thought I would take the time to take a look back at this lucky 13 year.

In April, my dad had a very serious health scare and was in the hospital for a month. I don't want to go into the details of it, but this photograph marked the turning point of my sister and my spirits being raised. My friend, Brittney (pictured left), spent the night at our house where we made chocolate-covered strawberries and pampered ourselves with face masks and chick flicks. It was just the sort of laughter and lightheartedness my sister and I needed, and was an important moment in my 2013.

My 21st birthday dinner! My mom took me to a fancy shmancy restaurant in Palo Alto, CA called The Sea. It my first grown-up girl dinner date with some serious wining and dining.  

My first trip to Las Vegas! We stayed at our friend, Andre's, house and jointly celebrated Brittney and my 21st birthdays.

This was definitely a bucket list moment. My favorite scene from the Disney movie Tangled was when Flynn and Rapunzel released illuminated paper lanterns into a star-speckeld sky. This was my version of that. My boyfriend, Daniel, and I released a heart paper lantern on Del Playa beach in Isla Vista, CA. Getting the lantern to fly was a bit of a challenge, but it was a moment I will never forget.

My family and I are heavily involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Last spring, Sara, Annie, Ally, my parents, and I all raised over $5,000 in the fight against cancer!

My baby sister graduated from high school! I could not be prouder of this spud nut as she is now earning her B.A. in Communication at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., and competing as a division 1 water polo athlete.

Speaking of graduations, Daniel graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Economics and Accounting. Brittney and I (successfully) threw a surprise party for both of our graduating boyfriends at Eureka! restaurant in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe, NV with great friends! We caught some awesome firework shows and enjoyed boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding on the lake.

I worked as a Sales and Marketing Intern at a technology start-up in Palo Alto, CA called Causera. You can learn more about the company by clicking here. One of my favorite days while working at Causera was our first road trip to Facebook HQ. It was a Silicon Valley girls' geek dream come true. 

During the summer, my family and I reenacted our 90's jeans-on-jeans family portrait and updated it to this modern, bluesy version. I love this portrait because it reminds me of all the growth we have made as a family...especially my growing into my large head haha.

I took this photograph of my parents kissing beneath a rainbow in our home's backyard. There aren't enough words to express how magical this moment was. I consider myself extremely lucky to have witnessed this, but more importantly, to have been raised by parents who are still so madly in love with each other.

In September, my family and I flew to Washington D.C. to visit Ally at The George Washington University. This was taken at Manassas, the site of the first battle of the Civil War. 

Last fall, Daniel, his brother (David), and I drove up to Vandenberg, CA to check out this launch of a SpaceX rocket. This was my first space launch and certainly not my last.

My mom, dad, and I went on a three day cruise to Ensenda, Mexico. The weekend was filled with colorful cocktails, hilarious entertainment, delicious food, and sightseeing. 

Last quarter, Kelly and I led a group of UCSB American Marketing Association members in submitting a comprehensive marketing plan for a national competition to relaunch the Hershey Take 5 candy bar. This is a photograph from the press release I wrote for the team. This experience taught me a lot about team building, time management, effective leadership, and how to create a professional marketing plan. Fingers crossed we make the top 10 and get flown out to New Orleans this spring!

Daniel and I went Christmas light strolling in SoCal where we found this slutty snowman. It gave both of us a good laugh, and was a great way to get into the Christmas sprit.

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