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So Long 2013: It’s Been Fun

By Lisa Quinones-Fontanez |

In a few days, 2013 will be over. I’m one of those folks who gets really emotional around New Year’s. I think of all the highs and lows of the year and I feel grateful for the chance to start over.

2013 was a big year for me. I started writing for Babble. I graduated after five long years of graduate school. I had the opportunity to speak and moderate a panel at LATISM and was named one of LATISM’s Top Blogueras for the second year in a row. I was invited to speak on a panel at Blogalicious and found inspirationAnd then I was invited on a press trip and got to visit Disneyland for the very first time!

It’s also been a big year for my son, Norrin. There have been so many firsts especially over the summer. We got to see our first 3D movie in a movie theatre. He started riding a bike.

But we’ve also had our fair share of challenges. I spent the first half of 2013 juggling motherhood, family, graduate school, a full-time job and blogging. For the three conferences I attended this year, Norrin had a difficult time with me being away from home. Ever since graduation, I’ve been wondering: what’s next. And honestly, after so many years of juggling – I’m burnt out.

I feel so blessed for every opportunity that has come my way. So many of them have been because of my blog and writing for Babble. But it’s time for me to take a step back from blogging and figure out what’s next. I want to go into 2014 with less on my plate. One of my resolutions is to spend less time online and more time in real life.

So Long 2013: It’s Been Fun

It's Okay To Have Favorites

I am extremely proud of all the content I've created over this last year. But for my last post as a Babble Kid contributor, I thought I'd share my 8 favorite posts of 2013.  

Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.

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About Lisa Quinones-Fontanez


Lisa Quinones-Fontanez

Lisa Quinones-Fontanez is a secretary by day, writer by night and Mami round the clock. Her blog, Atypical Familia, chronicles the life and times of two typical parents raising one extraordinary kid in NYC. Atypical Familia is a personal blog that focuses on autism, work/life balance, family entertainment and so much more! Read bio and latest posts → Read Lisa's latest posts →

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