2013: One of the Best

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Well, tomorrow is the last day of 2013 and, like most, I’m reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the year ahead. Unlike most, I can jog my memory for what actually happened in 2013 by reading my own blog.

And, I have to say, I’m quite pleased with the past year.

However, when I got to my New Year’s Resolution list for 2013 to see what I could cross off, I realized I didn’t make one. Gasp!

In the year that I bought a new house, vacationed in Mexico, hosted a Circus Party for my one-year old, saw Hillary Clinton speak, lost all feeling in my leg but then got it back, and then trained for and ran in the New York City Marathon, I didn’t set out to achieve anything.

I’m not really sure how to process this.

List-lover that I am, it doesn’t make sense that I accomplished anything without first writing it down. And yet, I can say that 2013 was probably one of the best year’s of my life. In fact, I really don’t know what to put on a list for 2014 because I’m not sure it can get much better.

Aside from my own achievements, this year was also the year my middle sister got married and my littlest sister got engaged. My dearest friends welcomed a new baby and we moved within a half-mile of each other. My brother moved across the country twice and is expecting a little boy next spring.

And the greatest news of all, my dad was diagnosed with stage 3 throat and tongue cancer and beat ithe is now 100% cancer free.

Yes, 2013 was full of surprise, blessings, change, and growth. You know, my spouse always says that 13 is his lucky number. It was his soccer jersey number when he was a kid and, oddly enough, both of the houses we’ve owned have had 13 in the address. After the year we’ve had, I think he’s right.

Let’s hope my soccer jersey number from when I was young, 14, will prove to be as good to us! I have a sneaking suspicion things are going to be great in 2014…. but more on that later.

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you enjoy celebrating 2013 and have a wonderful 2014!

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Here’s to Two Thousand Thirteen

Happy New Year!

I hope you had the most fabulous New Year’s Eve. Mine included a glass of champagne, good friends, and smooching my spouse at midnight. A perfect start to the year!

The new year of course brings the opportunity to start fresh and set goals. List-lover that I am, I always look forward to new year resolutions but in 2013 I’m taking a different approach. Don’t get me wrong, I have a handful of specific hopes (and plenty of lists to come) for 2013 but instead of writing a numbered set of goals, this year I’m going to focus on two words: action and gratitude.

I make a lot of plans and write a lot of lists but this year I’m going to get things done and appreciate every day and every stage of life for what it is.  For example, right now I don’t have the house I dream about. Instead of making plans for the next house and wishing for more space, I can make the one I have more enjoyable by making my bed every day, spending 15 minutes each evening on light cleaning, and taking on DIY home projects. I can also reflect on how lucky I am to have my home and appreciate the time we’ve spent in our first home (and the home where my baby was born).

It may not sound very exciting but I resolve to focus on simple, small actions that maximize every day (and ultimately help achieve bigger goals) while giving thanks for my current stage of life.

What kind of actions will I take? You know, the basics: flossing daily, exercising regularly, reading a story to the baby every night, daily prayer, being punctual, walking my dogs, saving money. Stuff like that. And, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the things that I’ve put on previous lists that were never crossed off. Maximizing every day could be made just a bit sweeter by crossing off those nagging ‘to do’ items I’ve been wanting to accomplish for so long.

How will I focus on gratitude? Instead of constantly looking forward, I hope to achieve a greater sense of appreciation for all the little (and big) parts of the current day-to-day.

I think that focusing daily on small actions and making a conscious effort to be more thankful will allow me to live every day in 2013 to its fullest while slowly propelling me towards long-term goals.

What about you? Do you make resolutions? Do you plan to do something new/different/better in 2013?

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