2011 – A year in review

This year has brought some pretty big changes in my life. Going gluten free, and getting married are only 2 of the things that happened this year. I figured I would do a year in review just to show myself how many important things have happened.

January – January started of 2011 and my first full year of being a real adult. No more college, no more “I’m a student” excuses, no more days of no student loans, no more school stress. It also brought me my first full year of being a nurse, and all of the stress and emotions that come along with the job.

February – This month found me doing my research on going gluten free. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and I myself was dealing with increasing GI problems. She shared her symptoms with me, and I realized I was having many of the same symptoms. I did my reasearch and made an appointment with my doctor.

March – This month started off with me going completely gluten free under the direction of my doctor. She and I went over my symptoms, and decided that the best plan of attack would be a GF trial. If things went well and my symptoms went away, we would be golden. If not, we would go back to the drawing board in an attempt to figure out what was going on with me. March also brought around my 24th birthday!

April, May, June – These months were full of wedding planning!!

July – My first anniversary of being a nurse!

August – This month brought around my Bridal Shower and Bachelorette parties! It was an amazing weekend, and I am so lucky to have so many great family and friends. Not to mention how lucky I was to have such great bridesmaids and maid of honor, who spent a TON of time planning such a perfect day!

Bridesmaids!

Nurses!

Grandmas!

Cousins at the Bachelorette Party

Friends

For the full review of the Bridal Shower, you can go here.

August also brought about the birth of the blog! PastaFreeRunner was born after 6 months of me being gluten free. I wanted to share what I was learning with those out in the blog world, as well as wanting to connect with other gluten free people, and just other bloggers in general. I had another blog for about a year prior to starting PastaFreeRunner, but everything about it was fizzling. I missed blogging, and decided that this was the direction I wanted to go. You can go here to read my very first post!

September – This month brought about my discovery of Tofu! Who knew that tofu could be so delicious!
It also brought around the 10 year anniversary of September 11th. It was, and will continue to be, a very difficult  but important day for our country to remember.

October – This month was wedding month! The New Yorker and I got hitched after almost 6 years of dating. The day couldn’t have been more perfect (78 degrees and sunny in Boston on Columbus Day Weekend?? Unheard of!) and we were so lucky to share such a special day with the people we love the most.

All of these amazing photos are courtesy of Photography By Jennifer Millian. If you are getting married in the Boston/MA area, I HIGHLY recommend her! She was fantastic to work with, and very professional!

We also went on our Honeymoon, which I have to admit, I’m still working on uploading the 1500+ pictures I took in Hawaii! 🙂 It was the trip of a lifetime, and we made sure to do everything we could possibly do. We saw a volcano, we hiked to some waterfalls, we took surfing lessons, went to a Luau, went to Pearl Harbor, drove through a rainforest (or 3!), ate plenty of local fish, and relaxed. It was phenomenal!

November- This month brought me back to my running roots! I signed up for the ING half Marathon with Amy, and ran the Gobble Wobble 5K. I also celebrated Thanksgiving with my family, and took a trip down memory lane.

December – This month has found me in some crazy running outfits, making our annual trek to NYC with the New Yorker and his family, and getting situated for starting off our organic diet.

This year has been amazing. I wouldn’t have changed anything that happened, and I wouldn’t have added anything more. It was a year full of fun, family, and friends.

I thank all of you who have read, commented, and followed my blog for you support. I’m looking forward to an amazing 2012, and can’t wait to share all that it brings with you!

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