2013: My Year in Review

This was a year of ups and downs for me. Big events, long term goals achieved, loss, failure, stress, chronic health problems flaring up, new skills, new interests, lots of travelling, and of course music.

10 Great Things That Happened in 2013:

1. We got married!

After 7 years together, Ali and I walked over to the park by our house on a Monday morning and made it official. Getting married was, by far, the best moment of the year.

2. I got my driver’s license.

With the whole graduated licensing thing, I dragged this process out over the maximum time allowed…5 years! Got my G2 in 2010, and this year I got the full G license. I was never interested in driving as a teenager, but once I hit my mid-twenties and found myself travelling constantly, I realized that having my license was crucial. I’m so happy to finally have my license!

3. Really fun tours with Gretchen Peters.

It’s such a blessing to get to make music I love with people I love. Six weeks is a long time to be on the road, but when you really click with your bandmates, it’s a dream.


4. I got out of debt.


5. I completed two 30 Day Jillian Michaels DVDs.

I started out 2013 with a goal to add some variety to my exercise regime, which up until that point consisted only of running and the rare yoga class. Somehow I stumbled upon Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD. Seemed like a perfect quick (20 minute) workout that I could commit to, wether at home or on the road. I stuck with it for the full 30 days, and then felt so good by the end that I wanted to keep it up, so I did her Ripped in 30 DVD next. By the end of those 60 days, I was in the best shape of my life!

6. Disney World.

Best mini-vacation of the year. I wrote a full review of it here.

7. I really got into cooking.

I’ve never been into cooking. But I love eating, and I love learning, so it was only a matter of time before I finally put two and two together. One day this past year the thought just popped in my head that I’d like to make some soup. I grabbed a cook book off the shelf and picked a random soup recipe. It tuned out well. The next day, I flipped the book open and tried another soup. That’s when I noticed that the base of the soup was exactly the same. A mirepoix! I didn’t know what a mirepoix was until this year. That little bit of knowledge was enough to spark my interest in cooking.

8. A health crisis turned into a healing time.

I’ve had psoriasis for as long as I can remember. This year it flared up worse than ever before. My left ankle is my worst spot. I won’t get into the gory details, but I’ll just say that it consumed most of my energy for three months straight. Chronic health stuff is so exhausting. So why does this make it on the list of great things in 2013? Because it kicked off a much needed healing time for me, which is going to carry over into the new year.

9. Collaborated with Ali on the score for Zerby Derby.

This was the first big project of 2013. Ali and I created the entire score for a super cute new tv show called Zerby Derby. It’s airing now on TVO, TFO, and it also got picked up by PBS in the states!

10. Recorded the Finalboss album.

Ben Gunning, Joel Stouffer and I spent two days in the studio recording the first Finalboss album. I’m really excited about this one. Not sure exactly when it will be released, but most likely within the next couple months.

One other major thing that happened this year: my Memere, Yolande Bougie, died.

I knew she was sick, and I was so lucky to get to have a really nice visit with her just a few weeks before she died. She lived a pretty long life. She lived through the deaths of her husband (he died young, only 51), and three of her four children, who all died in their late 50’s or early 60’s. My dad is the only one left. Despite all this loss in her life, she always seemed so positive and truly happy.

There wasn’t a funeral for her. For some reason that side of the family doesn’t like to do funerals. But I’ve been able to have my own private time to reflect on her life. All of her old photo albums ended up at my parents house after she died. I brought them home with me after my Christmas visit and I’ve been looking through these photographs from her life, thinking about what a wonderful person she was.

She was full of life, always up and moving around. Laughing. Loving unconditionally. One of the greatest role models in my life. I aspire to be more like her.

I also learned this year that we share the same wedding date! August 19th.That was a nice surprise, tying together in my personal history these two major life events.

I hope you had a great 2013. If you’re up for it, I’d love to read about your year in the comments or in an email reply.

Happy New Year!




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