2013 in Review
Ugh. I’m not up to doing a serious retrospective. Overall, it was a good, upbeat sort of year:
- I got to participate in the HP Social Support Summit in Orlando, where I met some fun – and really smart – people;
- I finally got a long-held wish (trust me, you don’t want the details);
- My daughter graduated from UNT;
- We got some new appliances and changed the landscaping in the back yard (after losing our 60′ pine tree, oven, and TV to lightning!);
- I got a brand new Honda Accord – and it’s red! (Never mind that I only got it because my old car and I got creamed by a GMC Sierra while driving home after a funeral service…);
- I enjoyed a fun, laid-back family reunion in Rehoboth Beach, DE – a state I’d never visited before;
- I learned to crochet;
- My daughter’s team won the Dallas Derby Devils Roller Derby championship – and I got to be there to watch the bout;
- I returned to the group I left two years ago, at work, and have the most awesome boss;
- I have enjoyed the holidays with my family in Louisiana and Dallas;
- I’m rested and ready to get back to work!
The downbeats aren’t worth dwelling on; suffice it to say that I hope no one I love or care about dies this year. And that writing this with a scratchy throat and a stuffy nose is sort of a Herculean effort, but whining annoys me so I won’t.
Challenges for 2014
Last year was more about crawling out of a rut than it was about achieving any specific goals. Put that way, it was a pretty successful year. Oh, I had some “aspirational” goals – maybe one I should have focused on and taken more seriously, and one or two that I followed through on without consciously trying:
- Lose 80 lbs. by 10/4/2013
- Finish A New Leaf for Lyle
- Successfully complete Project 365
- Explore art
- Simplify, declutter, organize, and focus on what matters
Mostly, my personal goals for this year are the same. Might as well keep plugging away till I get it right.
- Lose 82 lbs. by 10/16/2014. (I quit smoking in 2006; I survived cancer in 2011 – it’s time to stop celebrating these things with cake.)
- Drastically reduce and maybe eliminate gluten and added sugars from my diet, for more energy and focus – immediately.
- Teach a certain someone to drive by 3/31/2014.
- Finish A New Leaf for Lyle. (This one’s currently in the hands of the illustrator.)
- Edit and re-release an improved version of Innocents & Demons.
- Reboot the blog, telling each day’s stories through photos and words. (My lack of posts since October isn’t just writer’s block – it grew into aversion and avoidance, until I started hearing things like, “Blogging is dead” and thought, “Ooh, nice, that’s my cue!” I like to play my Alexa rank like a yo-yo, simply because it amuses me to kill a blog and bring it back to life. Hello.)
- Explore art. (I think that creating a mosaic, painting, doing altered art/decoupage, and learning to crochet count – but I’m not done, by any means. I’ll share mine, if you’ll share yours!)
- Simplify, declutter, organize, and focus on what matters (I figure cleaning out the bedroom closet, dresser, and end table drawers to find the Fitbit I thought I’d lost, so I didn’t have to spent $99 replacing it counts towards several goals – decluttering, fitness, weight loss – and that led to rebooting my relationship with SparkPeople.com… And hey, the car’s still clean, all the laundry’s done, and my closet’s got twice the space it had last night.)
- Learn PHP
- Learn Farsi (well, a little more of it than I know now)
This quotation always serves to help strengthen my commitment:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
— W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951
And what I wrote, last year, about the Clean Slate Mentality still holds true – maybe moreso – today.
How About You?
Care to join me on any of these goals, or add a few of your own? Notice I’m not calling them “resolutions”… I know better.