It’s Almost a New Year

A lot has happened this year, not just in my life, but in the lives of all of us at VALCANA. Leaving old jobs, finding new jobs, moving, big life changes, and essentially a whole lot of growing up.

A new year never used to be a big deal to me. I never made resolutions. I didn’t care about big New Years parties (let’s be honest, that’s only because we often had family Christmas in Canada around New Years).

Entering into 2013 was different. I was out of school. The New Year wasn’t just a gateway to another semester and to more school—it was the start of a new year of work and a new job, of trips, of beautiful friendships to be made (and lost). I entered into the age of 23. I actually made resolutions for the first time ever (well, writing goals, to be exact). I did some scary, exciting, and just plain fun things. A New Year is such a great time to look back at life, and to think about all of the wonderful places that you want to go and will go.

Highlights of 2013

I baked a cheesecake for the first time.

lavender earl gray cheesecake

Lavender cheesecake!!!

People came and visited me in Greenville.


From left to right: Mom, Oma, Dad ❤

Went on my very first vacation with Jacob to Savannah, GA.

savannah georgia

We’re awesome.

Finished (almost) an 8 year old project with my best friend, Heather and WROTE A WEBCOMIC.

autumn faces of time

Our main character, Autumn.

I know wonderful people who make my life happy.


My lovely fwends (sorry to those I didn’t include in this collage, I love you just as much)

And, finally, I learned so very much about myself and others. I hope that is always a highlight of every year of my life.

Aw look it's half of my face

Aw look it’s half of my face

Things I can’t wait for in 2014

Being in Paris, France, with my best friend Katie during the month of April.

Photoshop is fun

Photoshop is fun

Vacations with Jacob—more to come on this.

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Cutie in Asheville

Simply getting to be around these wonderful people that I know, and spend time with them, and through knowing them more know myself more.

What are some of the highlights of your year? What do you look forward to most in 2014?

Vanessa is a digital media coordinator by day and a writer, novelist, and badass cook by night. She loves used bookstores, is way too serious about tea, and doesn’t give a damn if she wears the same outfit 2 days in a row. She totally wants to be your friend, so you should follow her on twitter & maybe check out her writing blog.

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