Unlike past years, I don’t want this round-up to be too text heavy, so here is 2013 in pictures with relevant links to stories when appropriate.

January: to help get into work mode I set up a writing retreat for myself, it was the best way to ease out of the holidays and back into work. My tips for creating your own writing retreat.
February – March – April: In February I made a rather public admission about how much I really wanted a baby and my fears that I perhaps couldn’t have one. I’ve written about my struggle with infertility in these posts.

May: I surprised my niece (who lives in another state) by showing up for a few days to help her celebrate her confirmation. She was so delighted, it was well worth the trip. Canberra also had it’s first ‘fashion week’ of sorts, and it during this time that I properly discovered Canberra fashion and met designers that became very good friends.

June: I’ve enjoyed blogging so much that this year I invested in my blog a lot more by attending blogging events. One of my favourite Australian blogging communities is Blog Society, based in Sydney.

June was also the first time we had a family holiday. We went to Cooma and Perisher. Four adults and three children and lots of cherished memories. I wrote this post on how I went on holiday and didn’t Instagram during this trip.

July: I turned 27 and it was the best birthday ever! I’ve been surrounded by family, a loving husband and the most amazing girl friends a girl could ever ask for.

August: Once my thesis was pretty much done we decided to go on holiday. We travelled around Fiji for a while, then made a trip to Queenscliff, Australia and then to Melbourne for the annual Alola charity event.

September: A little more investing in my blogging, attending ProBlogger at the Gold Coast which led to many wonderful opportunities including being invited to experience a perfect day at the Gold Coast. 
October: While finishing up my thesis, I took some time out to participate in a resin clock making workshop organised by Canberra Creatives. Read about the day I made a clock! 
November: And I did it! I submitted my PhD!
December: In December I packed up our home ready for a new adventure. We celebrated Christmas in Dunedin, New Zealand with a new addition to our family – our niece Miss 9.
Happy New Year everyone! I can’t wait to see what challenges and joys 2014 has in store. I was and continue to be most grateful for your support, encouragement and friendship.

Much love,

10 comments on “Year In Pictures: 2013”

  • Stephanie says:

    Happy New Year! I'm sure 2014 will be better than its predecessor 🙂

    xo Stephanie

  • Aleshea says:

    May there be greater in 2014. Prayin' it brings you lots of warmth and love.

  • Happy New Year Vanisha! 2013 was such an eventful year for you…hope 2014 brings you a lot more adventures and fun! It was great meeting you in 2013 as well.. 🙂

  • Rachi says:

    This is a lovely post with beautiful photos. I hope you are settling in NZ and enjoying your new life. Happy NY lovely. And hi to P and E too! xx

  • Michelle says:

    What a great recap of 2013, I love how you show the highs and also the lows as well. All the best for a New Year and all that 2014 will bring x

  • Makes the year fly past when you do a summery. I have been following each of your adventure for the year, and wish you so much love and luck on the next stage.

  • ritabei says:

    What a great year! May 2014 be as awesome if not more! I know it's not quite Summer yet down South, but hey, 2 layers can be fun 😉 I am also happy you are now in NZ as I can't wait to hear about your adventures here! xo

  • What a huge year you had!
    I am looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 2014!

  • Inga says:

    What an interesting year 🙂 And congrats on you Phd. After reading this, I want to make myself a writing retreat. I just have to find something to write about 🙂

  • Kristian says:

    I found and started reading your blog mid-year, so while I knew of all the topics you had covered and seen you reference many of the events, I was unaware that they were all this year. What a crazy-busy time!!! Hope the next year has many more exciting and positive things in store for you and yours!

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