2013 Recap: September - December

Here it is! The final installment of my 2013.

Here’s a fun fact about September: I didn’t blog once. I thought there would at least be a post or two, there’s usually a few per month if it hasn’t been crazy. But no. September is missing from the 2013 Archive. And I’m not surprised.
September was the month I finally decided to quit my dead-end job, and I made that choice the first or second week in.
It was something I wasn’t really ready to share with friends, let alone anyone on the internet.
Things I remember from September, aside from that large detail, would be a trip to Knoebels with Brad’s family for his father’s company picnic (in which I was hysterical and anxious about quitting the whole time), Oktoberfest at the casino, and the wedding of Nick and Paulina, in which Brad was the Best Man.

1508 1519 1568 1690 My last walk around the neighborhood on my last day of work.

Since my last day of work was September 26th, the beginning of October also coincided with the beginning of one of the best months of the year. It was a strange time. I kicked off my month of unemployment by getting a pretty bad cold.
The month itself was such a great refresher after years of the same crap. I got to fully enjoy the changing leaves, early morning walks with Artie, a random trip to take photos at a cemetery, and trips to a corn maze and pumpkin patch!
After a slight disappointment in my attempts for employment, I applied for Old Navy.
By the end of the month, I had earned my gig as a seasonal “sellebrity”.

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Starting a new job with a lot of shifts that start at 5 or 6 in the morning, experiencing the first little snowfall, sleepovers with Jenna, finally seeing Catching Fire, and Thanksgiving! A very fast month, with barely any time to process it all.

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And here we are, the end of the year! The final month of 2013. There’s only hours left, and then we will be embarking on a new year to fill with moments, low and high, and hope for all the best. December also flew by.
I spent the month trying to get in the holiday spirit while working retail at the busiest time of the year.
I was offered to stay on as a part-time worker at Old Navy, instead of ending when the seasonal time frame closes.
I took it, though I will always be looking and trying for more, because work is work!
I’m excited for the new year to come. This one ended the way I had always hoped but never let myself have…with a clean slate. No ties to what made me sad. Just the open road of possibilities.

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Here’s to a Happy New Year!
Let’s do this, 2014!


  1. You're an inspiration, Mikey!

    I'm still so proud of you for doing what you did...you're so brave. I really hope that 2014 will be your year!

  2. I didn't know ON had asked you to stay, that's so awesome!!!