my jesus year – 2013

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Every January I kick things off with a round-up of the previous year (as you can see here and here). This year I’m a little late because it’s taken me some time to figure out how I wanted to go about summing up 2013.

It was such a peculiar year for me.

Usually I’m super positive, but last year I felt like the little guy in Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go. More specifically the little guy half-way through the book. I was a bit lost.

You’ll come  to a place where the streets are not marked Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked… Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win? And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not,…

It turns out that I was feeling so weird because 2013 was my “Jesus Year”. Anyone heard of this? I just read about it in the paper a couple of weeks ago. Basically age 33, the age Jesus was when he was crucified,  has been deemed the year of reinvention – a year where one searches for meaning.

Well, I’ve been searching people and let me tell you I didn’t have the luxury of abandoning all of the pressures of adulthood like some other early 30 somethings. Instead I gave birth to a second child and was burdened with the mundane of a mortgage, renovations, kids etc. (I don’t mean to sound harsh, I love my fam).

However in addition to the “mundane” I made a point of dabbling in things that inspired me. I chose to be more assertive and with that came change. I took things confidently into my own hands. I did things that I’ve always wanted to do and blindly, but passionately launched my own business (I’m still learning as I go).

I did things that made ME happy.

So, with all of that I think it was a pretty successful Jesus Year. Maybe not as romantic as finding myself while traveling abroad or surfing in South East Asia, but decent nonetheless. I have definitely found more meaning.

The year 2014 is going to be pretty great. I think it will simply solidify all of the change that took place in 2013.

Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout my Jesus year, especially when I would drone on and on about fabric and my shop and fat quarter bundles etc. etc. Your support got me through 🙂

Onward and upward. I won’t be looking back.


Alanna Banks

One thought on “my jesus year – 2013

  1. Proud of you buddy 🙂 just read your blog for the first time, well in awhile, and I’m stoked you feel inspired and are enjoying life. Just wanted to say I love you, miss you, and well, happy for you! Xo

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