I would probably have to say 2013 has been my most challenging year yet.
Some of the best and worst things have happened in this year, but because of Jesus I have gotten through it all!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3
Beginning my year, I thought I was driving in the right direction, but I’ve discovered the second you think you can do it on your own God shows us a mountain that we can’t just drive through without him!
Driving the Country Roads
With the commencement of 2013 brought my first semester of statistics…..
First day of Spring Semester Freshman Year!
But it also brought fun adventures in New York City and Philadelphia with my amazing little brother!
- Philadelphia Exploring!
Wicked on Broadway!
It brought movie nights with friends.
Life of Pi Movie Night!
And first snowfalls…
First Philadelphia Snowfall I witnessed
And second snowfalls….
Snowy Night of Housing Discussion Dinner!
Outings with friends, halls, and Wharton Women…
Max Brenners with Wharton Women!
It brought Trips home…
Valentines Day Weekend
Arianna’s and Robin’s Birthday Celebration!
And more trips home…
Spring Break Creations!
It brought Mommy to Philadelphia!
Mommy and Mallory’s Trip to Philadelphia
More movie nights with friends!
Movie Night on Cold April Days
And volunteering with my friends! (now roommates too!!!!)
Prism Interfaith Service Day
I saw my little brother perform in Carnegie Hall!
Brendan at Carnegie Hall!
Experienced my first Fling!
Roomies at Spring Fling!!
I explored West Philly with a great friend (now roommate!!)
Cute Little Bookshops on Rainy Days!
It brought Salsa Dancing on Friday Nights!
It brought lots of random dancing!
College Green Dancing!
2013 brought Train and John Legend to Penn! (for free!!)
And meetings with celebrities!
I sailed for the first time in 2013!
Wharton Leadership Venture Sailing Team!
It brought cupcakes and finals…
Crumbs ventures during Finals Week!
It brought the end of my freshman year, the end of BEPP 250, move out, and an awesome final night in Philadelphia!
All packed up, goodbye 403 Hopkinson
It brought a summer working at Walmart and the start of my blog…
With the summer came hiking and camping!
Appalachian Trail Hiking and Camping! https://lifethroughtheeyesofarunner.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/camping-through-the-eyes-of-a-runner/
It brought fun country adventures…
It brought Mayhem in Mexico!
It brought trips to South Carolina with my boyfriend!
Time on the lake…
Smith Mountain Lake!
I ran my first half Marathon!
I returned to Philadelphia as a sophomore!
NSO not being a freshman! 🙂
I became single…
I fell in love with my roommates!
New York with 2 of my 3 wonderful roommates!
It brought White Water Rafting!
Wharton Leadership Venture White Water Rafting!
I went to New York City for the 5th and 6th times this year
New York City during Fall Break!
I dressed up and danced…. A LOT!
I had a lot of fun!
I became not so single and chopped off all my hair! 🙂
Tyler and I at a 76ers Game!
I ran my second (and best!) Half Marathon!!!
8:41 miles at the Philadelphia Half Marathon!
I came home for Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving with the Family!
I witnessed more snow….
Roommies in the Snow!
I celebrated Christmas over and over and over again!!!
Decorating before Thanksgiving!
Christmas Day at Papa’s
Bedlam Christmas Party!
Christmas at Tyler’s Aunt’s House! (when meeting the family!)
Cru Christmas Party with my FSG girls!
912 Harnwell’s Christmas Party!
Zeta’s Christmas Formal!
FSG Christmas Party!
Christmas Eve at Angel’s!
Christmas Dinner at Mommy’s!
But the last moment of the year was one of my favorites! Radiate! The Winter Cru Conference! Ringing in 2014 while worshiping God is the most amazing thing!
1920’s Ringing in the New Year Party!
Now all I’ve talked about in this Photo Review is the positive.
The things that I desired not to take pictures of in my year: a 3 week flu sickness, failing finals, crying, a LOT, becoming depressed, doubting myself, not feeling close to God, hating myself, distancing myself from people, feeling sad, that pit in my stomach, and so much more.
Through all those un-picture-worthy moments I have been shaped. God has used those gross, lowly times to grow me!
Happy 2014 all!