2013 has been extremely important, and has changed me in so many ways. I have fallen, yet grown in many different ways. It has been a year like no other, and I have a feeling the years to come will be similar.
For me, 2013 was celebrated with my cousins and their friends in Michigan. We watched the ball drop on TV, and for the first time I realized just how lonely I felt. Being apart from my friends and our usual New Years parties made me feel sentimental and gave me a strange start on what was to become one of the best, yet most difficult years of my life. Roughly 2 weeks after New Years Eve, I moved from NYC back to Stavanger, Norway. My feelings were mixed, and I kept on whining on the blog on how I did not want to be in Norway.
That miserable feeling slowly changed as I met up with my friends and remembered why I loved living at home. I never wanted to escape from Norway, I had been motivated by my loved ones to take a leap and do whatever I wanted. However, most of my friends had moved away to study, and I decided to do the same. Having already applied to FIT, I decided to send an application to LIM as well. LIM is the smaller fashion school and is based on the business aspect of the fashion industry. On April 25th I got the golden email; I was accepted! And just like Henry Cavill who didn’t reach any of his family when he was cast as Superman, no one picked up the phone when I called.
In 2013 I worked as a manager in a small fast-food place in my hometown. I spent most of my time there and gave it a 110 % every day from the week after I returned. I also got my first job in retail. In order to work on my mall-based claustrophobia, I started working in one of the country’s largest malls. And guess what. It got better! I was managing one place while working in another. It was hard, but manageable 🙂
As I was getting ready to turn 20 and get out of the country, my family realized that my grandpa was sick. He managed to travel from India to Norway with cancer in a later stage and spent his last days with the rest of us. Being as busy as I was with earning money, I somehow managed not to visit him at the hospital until it was too late. We never had a good relationship, but he had a place in my heart. I wish I would have been able to tell him that instead of working 20 hours a day. I think about him a lot and how our lives are so uncontrolled. We never know what’s going to happen and our priorities can change everything. Situations like these make me question whether I should pursue my dreams or stay close to the ones I love. My dream includes NYC, which makes it hard to stay close to my family. Should I feel guilty for being here, yet worrying about my grandma?
Even though loved ones have been lost, new ones have been gained. My two loves Monica and Jason have made my year. I don’t know what I would have done or been without them. The fun we’ve had cannot be measured and the things we’ve done are inappropriate for the internet. There are a list of other special people from LIM that have a special place in my heart, and they remind me of how lucky I am every day!
When it comes to fun stuff I’ve done in 2013 includes the set visit to The Carrie Diaries, VIP party with Andrè Leon Talley & Michael Kors, Barneys Beauty Level opening, Matilda on Broadway, The Nutcracker at the ballet, my 20th birthday party (!!!), Bergdorf’s window unveiling, free facials at Barneys, working on NYFW, running into Colton Haynes and not knowing who he was, being recognized at Bergdorfs and being on the Bethenny taping!!
Significant purchases the past year are my Chanel rain boots, iPad, iPhone 5, McQ tee, a mini library, Tiffany’s mugs, Chloé shoes, Clive Christian fragrance, Serge Lutens fragrance and almost everything needed in order to move out to an apartment! (let’s not talk about amount of shoes and clothes)
To conclude the past year, it has been filled with laughter, tears, lessons and amazing food. It has been difficult, yet knowledgable. I finally feel like an adult. And I have sure started acting like one too.
Here’s 2013 in pictures