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2013 Recap – Year in Review Survey

2013-Year-In-Review-OKDani-Blog1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I really feel like I need to do something new and adventurous in 2014 so I can answer this question in a cool way next year LOL.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

My resolutions for 2013 are HERE. My main resolution…FAILED…feels especially faily since I’m laying here in pajamas and mismatched socks on at 5:37pm no desire to even move. Can I blame pregnancy? I think I’m gunna.

I will make a resolution for next year…it may just be the same as the one I failed at this year LOL.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My cousin had a baby boy and my friend had a baby girl. I know toooo many people who are pregnant right now as well. It’s baby season!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My good friend passed away. I miss him bunches. I sometimes pick up the phone to text him a random question and then remember….that’s the worst.

5. Did you visit anywhere exciting?

We took a cruise to Bermuda with Rohan. It was great, and we’d never been there before.
I also went to Chicago solo for BlogHer and that was great fun. I’d like to visit Chicago again for an eat-your-way-around-the-city type trip 🙂

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

A more comfortable living situation, a more peaceful home life, no crazy accidents sidelining our family. A year free from financial or health struggles/woes of any kind. …..and materialistically…. a license and a car… 🙂

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • Roey’s first birthday – His party was so much fun!
  • Losing my friend in June
  • John’s accident in July

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I feel like my achievements have been really internal/mental/emotional… but…let’s see. I raised a healthy, happy, smart little boy…that’s an achievement…an ongoing one. I had some business successes, earning more than ever from it, and gained clarity around my purpose and future.

9. What was your biggest mistake?

  • Putting my coaching business and grad school on hold (This is the same as last year…I’ll be back in school January 13th eeeep! And after BabyH2.0 is born I’ll be taking on new clients.)

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

  • Thankfully no, but John did so that’s just as bad.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

  • The Samsung Galaxy phone. I love it.
  • Pregnancy leggings
  • Some great books: iBloom in Business, Get Rich Lucky Bitch

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

  • Rohan Thomas! He’s the best lil guy I could ask for.

big brother to be

  • My mom. She’s really the most awesome human being ever and I’m so lucky to have her as my very own mother.
  • A few cousins of mine have really seemed to hit their stride in life and I’m so excited for and proud of them.
  • BabyH2.0! She was giving a bit of hell, but she has started to straighten up and fly right 🙂
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
  • Depressed? Nobody.
  • Apalled – Well I can’t answer this one fully honestly because I don’t know who all reads my blog :side eye: So I’m gunna go with public figures, like that d-bag Zimmerman.

14. Where did most of your money go in 2013?

  • rent, unfortunately
  • bills
  • baby supplies

This didn’t change from last year lol. And I bet it’ll be the same for 2014.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • ROEY!!!! Duh!! I get hyped about all his little (and big) milestones as he grows
  • I was also really excited to go visit my fam this August for my gram’s 80th bday
  • Finding out I was pregnant with a baby girl

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Sweetest song ever: All of Me by John Legend

Catchiest song ever: Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
  • more driven and focused
  • older :side eye to father time:
  • more introspective
  • more open/blunt

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • Seen extended family
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Writing

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Procrastinating
  • Worrying

20. How did you spend Christmas?

  • John, Roey and I went to my parents’ house. We spent it eating a lot, resting a lot, enjoying every minute of it.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

  • Yes!  With Him.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

  • Boardwalk Empire! #teamnucky
  • Scandal! #mamapopeiseverything

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • Nope. I dislike a few people more than I did last year, but they need not be listed. Why give any energy to that negativity? F em, and that’s that.

24. What was the best book you read?

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • I don’t think I had one. Oh wait, it wasn’t a discovery but I kinda like Keb Mo a lot now. This Song gets stuck in my head sometimes.

26. What did you want and get?

  • to be a WAHM, paid to do what I love
  • to take a vacay with and without my lil man
  • to visit my florida family
  • clarity around a few situations

27. What did you want and not get?

  • A winning lotto ticket?  (but to be fair…I played twice lol)

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  • Turned 32 this year. Yowza
  • Dinner w/ Johnny at home since he was all crippled up after his motorcycle accident.

29. What’s one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  • Gosh…I guess that winning lotto ticket.
  • Maybe if John hadn’t gotten hurt, that jacked up our fam
  • Otherwise I had a pretty satisfying year.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?


  • HA! I don’t have a personal fashion “concept.”  I’m pretty classic/plain/comfort focused.  Skinny jeans, a tee, long sweater, flats, and a bag.
  • At home I am in leggings and a top, right now it’s mostly maternity tops or hand me up sweatshirts from my little brother ::hangs head in shame::

31. What kept you sane?

  • Journaling,
  • meditating,
  • running,
  • my mom,
  • a few positive groups I’m a part of
  • John (though he also drove me insane so…)

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Dear, sweet, sexy, tall, musclebound Joe…..has been ousted!! My dear Henry has taken his place.
I mean…come on….

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Ugh. I don’t talk politics, usually when I share my views people think I’m nutso. I was “stirred” by a few issues this year, but moreso stirred by the thought-less, sheep-like responses to them. It’s crazy how people will respond with parroted cliches without actually thinking to form a response that actually means something to them.
(this answer stays the same)

34. Who do you miss the most?

  • Right now I really miss my Florida family! I’ll see them soon though!
  • I miss the care-free, social girl that Dani used to be before being married with child(ren)

35. Who was the best new person you met?

  • I met some great and inspiring bloggers and business women who really got my mojo turned up!

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013?

  • Be careful who you trust and who you share with
  • Allow, allow, allow
  • Getting help is OK. Ask for it when you need it.

37. What are your new years resolutions for 2014?

I’ll post it soon! But I told you about my focus for 2014 already.


How was your 2013?

Feel free to take this survey to use on your blog!

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Darrica Jackson

Thursday 2nd of January 2014

Hi Dani! I'm new to the blog world. I've been a faithful follower for so long and this is my first comment on your site. You've inspired me so much that my best friend and I have decided to start our own blog! Your blog is awesome! Keep up the good work!


Thursday 2nd of January 2014

Darrica that is super sweet! Thank you!! Let me know your blog so I can follow you. And join BLM (Bloggers Like Me) on Facebook. It's a great group.

Morg Harp Nich

Monday 30th of December 2013

Yay! What a great review.. Sorry about the loss of your friend, I know of your friend.. Also, I am glad to see that your a Galaxy girl too! I love mine!

Dani Faust

Wednesday 1st of January 2014

You know of him? That's great to hear. He touched so many lives in the best way. And girl, that galaxy really is the bestest! How was your 2013 in one word? And what are you up to for 2014? Happy New Year!!

Angel Y.

Monday 30th of December 2013

This was a fantastic survey! I learned a lot about your year and what you've gone through. You're the same as I am when it comes to discussing people/political issues that were annoying. I just don't talk about it but I'll side-eye them when they come up. SIGH. 2014 will be an amazing year and I hope your coaching business blows up!

Dani Faust

Wednesday 1st of January 2014

Angel you're always so sweet with your comments! Thank you. Nice to know we're on the same page with dealing w/ annoying ppl LOL. 2014 is definitely going to be amazing. What is your biggest goal for the year? Happy New Year!!

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