For Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne. Arguably one of my favorite songs of all time– whether I can remember the lyrics is always debatable, but that doesn’t change the fact that  I swoon for that song. The melody is beautiful. The sentiment is beautiful. I just love it. It marks the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. It remembers old friends and celebrates new friends. It commemorates life and the beauty in the days gone by.

You can listen to my favorite version of the song, from the Sex and The City movie, here.

Auld Lang Syne is how my blog got it’s name. One of the English translations of this Scots song title is “days gone by”. This time last year, when I thought about starting a blog and what I wanted my blog to represent and how I wanted it to function in my life, my main desire was to have a space for my thoughts and snapshots of my life. I wanted it to be a positive space where I could share important moments from my life. As much as it is for any potential readers, it is just as much, if not more so, a place that I can come to years from now and flip through a catalogue of beautiful days from my life. Since I always like to play the song, Auld Lang Syne, at midnight on New Years, the song and it’s meaning were at the forefront of my mind when I was starting the blog. And so Beautiful Days Gone By was born.

When I started the blog, I thought I would consistently post 2-4 times per week and that I would get into style and entertainment posts, but I found that mentality took away from my enjoyment of this space. I know that blogs gain readership by consistently posting new, exciting content that is relevant to others, but I felt that posting about clothing, jewelry, make-up and shoes falsified the blog and falsified me. Though I love fashion and design, when attempting to write that type of content, I didn’t feel authentically me. I love reading style blogs with beauty and fashion posts, and I thought that I wanted my own blog to be a mirror of those types of blogs that I visit. But it turns out that, though I thoroughly enjoy perusing those blogs, I do NOT thoroughly enjoy creating my own version of those posts.

As I have looked through my archives, I’m so pleased to read posts about my boyfriend, Mike, our house, our dogs, and our adventures together. Although I don’t post as frequently as I originally planned to, this blog is still serving a wonderful purpose– a celebration of life.

So here’s to looking back on some beautiful auld lang syne from 2013.

NYE '12

NYE ’12

NYE '12

NYE ’12

NYE '12

NYE ’12

New Years Day '13 Denver's Adoption Day!

New Years Day ’13 Denver’s Adoption Day!

New Years Day '13 Denver's Adoption Day

New Years Day ’13
Denver’s Adoption Day

New Years Day '13  Denver's Adoption Day!

New Years Day ’13
Denver’s Adoption Day!

He was so tiny!  January '13

He was so tiny! January ’13

February '13

February ’13

February '13

February ’13

February '13

February ’13

February '13 at Bonbon

February ’13 at Bonbon

February '13 at Clark Fields

February ’13 at Clark Fields

Valentines Day 2013

Valentines Day 2013

February '13

February ’13

February '13

February ’13

February '13

February ’13

February '13

February ’13

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March '13 Lake Erie

March ’13 Lake Erie

My pet-loving, artist of a little stepsister. March, 2013

My pet-loving, artist of a little stepsister, Molly. March, 2013

March '13

March ’13

March '13

March ’13

March '13 West Side Market

March ’13 West Side Market

March '13

March ’13

March '13, Lake Erie

March ’13, Lake Erie

March '13 Lake Erie

March ’13 Lake Erie

March '13

March ’13

A family. March '13

A family. March ’13

April '13

April ’13

April '13

April ’13

Me and Dad, May'13

Me and Dad, May’13

sand man at work on our kitchen floors, May '13

sand man at work on our kitchen floors, May ’13

Done with Montessori Exams! May '13

Done with Montessori Exams! May ’13

May '13

May ’13

May '13 Our First House!

May ’13 Our First House!

May '13 Our First House!

May ’13 Our First House!

Lincoln Park May '13

Lincoln Park May ’13

Lincoln Park May '13

Lincoln Park May ’13

Denver and an old buddy of his at the Tremont Dog Park,  June '13

Denver and an old buddy of his at the Tremont Dog Park, June ’13

Popping some champagne! Housewarming Party June '13

Popping some champagne! Housewarming Party June ’13

Strolling our neighborhood. June '13

Strolling our neighborhood. June ’13

Our whole group camping. July '13

Our whole group camping. July ’13

Tremont Farmer's Market July '13

Tremont Farmer’s Market July ’13

Our Denver Boy is growing bigger! July '13

Our Denver Boy is growing bigger! July ’13

July 4th '13

July 4th ’13

July 4th '13

July 4th ’13

Ohio hike July '13

Ohio hike July ’13

Weddings July '13

Weddings July ’13

Weddings July '13

Weddings July ’13

Weddings July '13

Weddings July ’13

Taste of Tremont July  '13

Taste of Tremont July ’13

Finding this kitty at Taste of Tremont, July '13 (She has since been adopted by my mom and stepdad and is named Lorelei)

Finding this kitty at Taste of Tremont, July ’13 (She has since been adopted by my mom and stepdad and is named Lorelei)

Birthday July '13

Birthday July ’13

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A little flip cup before heading to the bars... we all felt so old because we couldn't remember how to play... we reclaimed our coolness though, don't worry. Take that, 25!

A little flip cup before heading to the bars… we all felt so old because we couldn’t remember how to play… we reclaimed our coolness though, don’t worry. Take that, 25!

Mules in Denver August '13

Mules in Denver August ’13

In Denver with Erin August '13!

In Denver with Erin August ’13!

Denver August '13

Denver August ’13

Kellie in Denver August '13!

Kellie in Denver August ’13!

We welcomed this girl off of the street & into our home! August '13

We welcomed this girl off of the street & into our home! August ’13

Tremont Farmer's Market with the new family August '13

Tremont Farmer’s Market with the new family August ’13

Romantic gestures October '13

Romantic gestures October ’13

I have the best little sisters October '13

I have the best little sisters October ’13

Mohican hike October '13

Mohican hike October ’13

babes October '13

babes October ’13

Family walk with dad, stepmom, and little half-sis, Sam. October '13

Family walk with dad, stepmom, and little half-sis, Sam. October ’13

Trolls for Halloween with Draps besties! Pre-Cleveland Museum of Natural History Halloween Gala this past Saturday. October '13

Trolls for Halloween with Draps besties! Pre-Cleveland Museum of Natural History Halloween Gala this past Saturday. October ’13

Off-leash glory with our pups November '13

Off-leash glory with our pups November ’13

Colette learns to trust and let go!

Colette learns to trust and let go!

My handsome boy. November '13

My handsome boy. November ’13

Friendsgiving November '13

Friendsgiving November ’13

Doggie Destruction November '13

Doggie Destruction November ’13

Thanksgiving high school "reunion" November '13

Thanksgiving high school “reunion” November ’13

Draps November '13

Draps November ’13

Reunion with Erin! November '13

Reunion with Erin! November ’13

We almost finish the kitchen face lift! November '13

We almost finish the kitchen face lift! November ’13

Mike decking the house with lights! November '13

Mike decking the house with lights! November ’13

Our first Christmas Tree in our First House! November '13

Our first Christmas Tree in our First House! November ’13

Honeybucket at The Cleveland Museum of Art November '13

Honeybucket at The Cleveland Museum of Art December ’13

December '13

December ’13

Denver the elf and Santa Paws! December '13

Denver the elf and Santa Paws! December ’13

Annual overnight at The Renaissance downtown with my mom! December '13

Annual overnight at The Renaissance downtown with my mom! December ’13

December '13

Renaissance with my mom, December ’13

Park time, December '13

Park time, December ’13

Tremont Santa Shuffle, December '13

Tremont Santa Shuffle, December ’13

Tremont Santa Shuffle, December '13

Tremont Santa Shuffle, December ’13

Dana's in town for the holidays! Propserity, December '13

Dana’s in town for the holidays! Propserity, December ’13

Christmas Eve Brunch with Laurel friends. December '13

Christmas Eve Brunch with Laurel friends. December ’13

Our first Christmas morning in our very own house, as real grown ups! December '13

Our first Christmas morning in our very own house, as real grown ups! December ’13

Our first Christmas in our first house! December '13

Our first Christmas in our first house! Notice all of the ornaments situated at the top… Denver and Colette thought they were free toys and tried eating them all. December ’13

Colette in her Christmas cocktail dress, December '13

Colette in her Christmas cocktail dress, December ’13

Christmas, December '13

Christmas, December ’13

On the way to our New Years Cabin, December '13

On the way to our New Years Cabin, December ’13

New Years Eve, December '13

New Years Eve, December ’13

NYE December '13

NYE December ’13

NYE December '13

NYE December ’13

Looking back on the past year, so much has happened.

In January of last year, I was still in my Montessori training, we lived in our first apartment in Cleveland, we had JUST adopted our first pup, Denver, we were just beginning to develop friendships with people in Cleveland, and Mike was at his first job in Cleveland.

Since last January, I have graduated from my training, landed a job at a Montessori school, Mike bought our first house, Mike got a new job, we adopted our second pup, Colette, and we’ve become best friends with the people we’ve connected with in Cleveland.

It’s been a year of ups and downs, as every year is. There were great challenges, there was deep sadness, and there were humdrum moments. There was extreme stress, intense confusion, and pure exhaustion. But it wouldn’t be life without all of that. There were also incredible surprises, supreme excitement, and thrilling news. There were laughs til we peed our pants, elated joy, and renewing peace.

Experiences were had, moments were created, mysteries were solved, and questions were raised. It was another year in my life. It was another year on earth. Whether painful or blessed, the past 365 days behind me have certainly been beautiful days gone by.

Happy New Year, everyone.

One thought on “For Auld Lang Syne

  1. I really love the meaning behind your blog name! I also agree with your sentiment of writing about fashion, I love fashion and I love reading about fashion, but I’ll admit it’s not something I extremely excel at. I can put together some really cute outfits here and there and I may feature it on my blog but it’s definitely not the main focus of my blog. Like you, I want my blog to be something I can look back on years from now and remember all of these amazing experiences I’ve had and memories I’ve made. Happy New Year!

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