2013 Round-Up

Happy New Year!

As with last year, rather than write typical New Years Resolutions I’m going to set goals for myself instead. Looking back at 2013 I can’t help but smile – There were so many high points this year I almost don’t know where to start. Below are some of my favorite 2013 posts, highlights from the year, and my goals for what I can only hope will be an even more exciting year in 2014!

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 {Plaid, Monochrome, Nautical, Blogger Fashion, How To Wear White Jeans, Boho Style, Camille K Couture & Smartcouture}

Favorite Posts:

I had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands, stores, writers, photographers, and bloggers this year. It’s nearly impossible to narrow down my favorite collaborations, but here are some of the ones that immediately spring to mind as having been pretty darn amazing for me.

Highlights:

While traveling to New York City and Los Angeles for blogger conferences in 2013 was a blast, the best part about all of these conferences was meeting some amazing, passionate, ambitious women. And in addition to traveling, I also really put an effort into being a part of the San Francisco blogger community this year, even joining in for San Francisco Fashion Week, and the results were pretty life changing. I’ve met some phenomenal people this year, from photographers to bloggers to designers to writers.

Here are a few of my 2013 highlights:

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{Kamryn Dame}

2013 Goals Round-Up:

  • Social Media – Hitting my stride on social media, learning to utilize & optimize the various platforms, and finding out what works best for MCLV has been a lot of work, but it was worth it. I’m proud of all of my pages and really enjoying the interactions with my readers. Check MCLV out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest to see what I’m doing!
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – In addition to maintaining a 5-6 days a week posting schedule for the blog and starting a new novel, in 2013 I also joined the Legally Vogue team as a freelance writer. I’m excited to see where my writing takes me in 2014!
  • Expansion & Growth – In my opinion, the best way to grow a blog is by consistently producing quality content. I’ve worked very hard in 2013 to write consistently, read comments, ask for feedback, and really create a niche for myself. Networking, attending conferences, joining events & groups, and contributing to local sites have also been a party of my 2013 game plan and I’m quite pleased with my progress.
  • Be Positive – 2013 tested my resolve to be positive time and time again. This year seemed to be filled with hurdles and I was under a great deal of stress and pressure – Physically, emotionally, personally, and professionally. While there were a few warranted & well-earned meltdowns, overall I am extremely proud of how I approached all of the setbacks, changes, and upheavals this year.

New 2014 Goals:

Fashion:

My personal style has evolved quite a bit over the years. In my early twenties I wore nothing but black. Classic silhouettes, demure hemlines, and head-to-toe black. In my mid-to-late-twenties I started having more fun with fashion and experimenting. It seems that as I became more confident as a woman, I felt more confident taking risks and trying new things sartorially. And now that I’ve reached my thirties I can say that I have no plans to slow down.

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{Behind The Scenes: Here are some of the oh-so-entertaining outtakes from shoots this year. Never a dull moment. Spring Stripes, IFBCON, Favery, Lorna Jane, Animal Prints + Leather, Weekend Stripes, Vegan Leather, The Beauty Company & Denim Fashion}

In 2014 I want to continue having fun with fashion, try new designers, and push myself to expand my horizons.

Food:

2013 saw some changes and evolution in my diet. I tried different ways of eating, read a number of health & nutrition books, and worked really hard to find a diet that gives me sustainable & consistent energy.

This year will be about maintaining a healthy diet that I enjoy, that gives me energy, and that allows me to meet my physical goals. My main goal for 2014 is to replace the muscle that I lost during my years of reduced activity as a result of a spinal injury. I have a naturally muscular frame and have been an athlete since the age of 6 so I’m used to having a certain amount of strength – So this year I’m planning to regain that.

Fitness:

A great deal of this year was spent in pain – Either before or after my back surgery. Now that I’m through the woods and consistently back in the gym for workouts and physical therapy, I can start to look towards the future and set some goals for myself physically.

I’ve been limited in my capabilities over the years due to the untreated injury and now that I’m putting it behind me for the most part I want to try some of the things that I haven’t been able to do.

2014 will be all about the NEW! I’m an avid action movie fan and have been enthralled by martial arts for years so one of my top goals for 2014 is to try martial arts and find something that interests me and keeps me engaged.

Also on the docket? Bike riding, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, Soul Cycle {gotta try it!}, and boxing.

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{Banana Republic}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class or type of physical activity every month – 12 for the year! I’m putting this in writing so please hold me to it.
  2. Submit a piece of my writer to a publisher. It’s time. {EK!!!}
  3. Travel – While I love traveling internationally sometimes there just isn’t enough time {or vacation days} so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of three-day weekends this year. New Orleans, Kentucky, San Diego/LA, London, and either Hawaii or Alaska.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – This year I’m going back to school. Whether I ultimately decide to study languages here in SF or take a course online, I will be keeping my brain healthy & active this year.
  5. Be a good friend! While my friendships are extremely important to me I’m not always great about staying in touch. In 2014 I will make that extra effort to keep my friends close.

What do YOU have planned for 2014?

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46 Responses to 2013 Round-Up

  1. I just posted my bucket list for 2014 too. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you. I hope you have a great year ahead. Happy blogging! <3

  2. This post is pretty good, you inspired my, we should try to do our best for this year (gig love )

  3. WOW!what a year indeed!! wishing you all the best this 2014!

  4. I hope you get to strike off everything in your bucket list for 2014!

    Ahhh, #3! So many places, and so little time!

  5. You have accomplished so much over the past year! I wish that you accomplish all your goals in the coming year as well! GIG Love

  6. Wow, that was quite a list! You are an achiever for 2013. I hope 2014 will be a fruitful year to you, too. Giglove

  7. wow that’s so good that you can travel to New York and Los Angeles for blogger conferences 😮 I believe that 2014 will be even better :D!

  8. Loved the post! I hope you fulfil all that you have in your bucket list this year! I am sorry to learn about your surgery! I had a surgery too in 2013. I know how difficult it can be! But I am glad to know that you are doing fine now 🙂 Take care! And all the very best for this year! Wish you are very happy and prosperous new year sweetheart 🙂

    • Thank you for your sweet words – I hope that you’re recovering well from your surgery as well. Happy 2014!

  9. This was a great read. I’m really inspired by how you grew your blog and personal life regardless of the setbacks. I’m still unsure of a lot of things about my blog but I hope one day I can feel the same about it as you do your blog. 🙂

    • Thank you for your sweet words Autumn, I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Happy 2014!

  10. Ari

    You have such great style! Always so chic and trendy 🙂 I especially love your statement accessories and shoes! GIGLOVE

  11. These outfits are all beautiful! Im totally in love with ur necklace/jewelry collection ^^
    giglove!

    novelstyleblog.com

  12. awww, i hope you achieve everything in your bucket list! im still rounding mine up! And i can see that you had an amazing 2013, and here’s hoping 2014 is even better! <3

  13. impressed with your determination in achieving your goals….I wish to grow my blog too but sometime just don’t know where to start…. anyway I wish all the best for 2014!gig

  14. I hope you can achieve everything on your bucket list this year. 😀 I definitely enjoyed your posts last year and I especially love your outfits. I will be looking forward to more gorgeous OOTD from you this year. 🙂

  15. This post is so inspiring and as usual you can give the right enrgy to go on and always look forward.
    Keep on shining my friend.
    xxx
    mari

  16. Love your goals! You had a great year and I wish you even more success in 2014. 🙂

  17. Happy new year love! Looks like 2013 was super colorful for you too. so i hope 2014 would be brighter!

  18. That seemed like a fab year !! And I hope you a wonderful year ahead as well!!

    xx
    GIG
    Chaicy
    Style A Pastiche!
    Giveaway on the Blog – Last 2 Days!!

  19. Great plans.
    I would love to try scuba diving as well – it must be a real rush and a lot of fun.

  20. looks like youve had a wonderful 2013! so amazing opportunities! hope 2014 brings you better and take care of your back. hope its fully recovered now 🙂

  21. Glad 2013 was such a great year for you! Wishing you even better things to come this year! GIG

  22. Wonderful re-cap of a lovely year!

    Since you have to try a new class or type of physical activity every month, I say you start with Soul Cycle and I can be your date!

  23. what a great list of goals for 2014! i think all of the points are very attainable. you’re so lucky that traveling within the usa can be done with a budget! it’s so expensive to travel within my country..canada :/ that’s why we always go to the usa or mexico! gig

  24. One of the things I wanna try out this year is to be more daring in my style. I mean, it’s hard to get away from my usual black get up :”(

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post Ms. Caity! Looking forward to more of your fab ootds this year! #giglove

  25. I LOVE this!! Keep on rocking, darlin!! xoxoxox

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