2013 has been a doozy. For me it was a year of exploration and expansion by way of paralyzing anxiety, fear, doubt and depression. In hindsight, all the stress and pressure I felt was a weight I put on myself. You can only feel so miserable for so long before deciding it’s time to make some shit happen. These highlights are some of the things that grew up out of what at times felt like rock bottom. It’s all pretty great stuff, but I didn’t notice because I am so hard on myself. So I guess my resolution for 2014 is to lighten up a little bit, have some fun, celebrate and give myself a break.
I traveled around to teach some workshops, took some workshops, planned a huge yoga festival in less than six weeks, and eventually decided to quit teaching studio classes all together. It was one of the best decisions I made this year.
We made a last-minute road trip to see Mumford & Sons, and it was a very good idea. I traveled to Minneapolis to speak at the Healthy Living Summit and realized I don’t know any bloggers anymore. We had a private Andy Grammer concert at the studio, and it was awesome. I went to countless fashion shows, restaurant openings, and launch parties and found some of my best girlfriends in the process. I went to (one of) my best friend’s wedding(s) and wept happy tears for days.
2013 was the year of the stray animal for me. I darted in front of oncoming traffic to pull Joey Donut out of the middle of a busy street (and eventually found her a new home with a friend of mine). I found mangey Toby running around my apartment complex on a hundred-degree day and helped him find his way to a rescue and eventually a new home with another friend. I welcomed Tilly the two-legged cat into my world, and while it has been a very trying transition period, I do not regret it. Ralph and Weaz continued their reign of terror.
I first pitched the PlateShare concept at Startup Weekend 2013 in January (and almost won). By May I had funding and a mobile app beta in development. By July we had our first restaurant partner rounding up on receipts. In August we cut our first grant to a hunger relief organization. In November I won the Shape Charlotte business idea competition (and $12,500 for the operation). I make absolutely no money on this project and do it all in my spare time. We are currently back to the drawing board re-developing the Android app and developing an iPhone app.