Substance and Soul

A year in review

BloggingSamantha WetterholmComment

Oh man, what a year it’s been. Currently, I’m in Kauai on our babymoon and I feel incredibly blessed to be celebrating the end of 2013 in paradise. I wanted to take some time to look back on this incredible year.

I STARTED BLOGGING

Late April 2013, I started blogging more seriously. Before, I had just posted some photos here and there but didn’t really have a blogging direction. When I wrote my first At The Moment post and my How To Study post, I got amazing feedback and took my blog in a whole other direction. Today, it’s an amazing extension of my life and everything in it. 

I WENT TO SEATTLE

And many other amazing places. I have always wanted to go to Seattle and I had the opportunity to go when I presented my year-long research project at the International Association of Dental Research General Session. I also visited the first Starbucks! Paul and I also went to Tahoe a couple of times for his birthday and for a weekend getaway

I PASSED MY DENTAL BOARDS AND STARTED CLINIC

Big things happened in my dental education. I passed part 1 of my dental boards {the hardest exam I’ve taken thus far} and I started treating patients in clinic. It’s been such a transition but I love it. 

WE CELEBRATED OUR 2ND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Paul and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We had a quiet sushi dinner and it was so romantic. We’ve gone wine tasting, been on weekend trips, and had simple evenings at home. Our marriage is stronger than ever and I cannot wait to see how we grow in our love and partnership. 

I CELEBRATED MY 24TH BIRTHDAY 

It was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. My loving husband and amazing friends surprised me with a whole day of fun. We saw a musical, ate cake, had a dance party, went to a local brewery, and had dinner. It was so incredible and fun! Here’s to next year!

I KEPT RUNNING

I have really focused on finding the fun in fitness. I have played tennis with my husband, done yoga, and lots of running. I have tried to focus on being active instead of losing weight. I am proud that I completed my second half marathon {while pregnant too!}. 

WE ARE EXPECTING

And to top off this amazing year, Paul and I found out that we are expecting our first child. I took the test on August 13, 2013 and we have been overjoyed ever since. I’ve loved watching my body change and feeling all the symptoms of pregnancy - the good and the bad! We cannot wait to welcome our beautiful little girl in late April!

What a year! Cheers!