Halfway

It’s July!  As one of my favorite bloggers said, we’re in the midst of summer.  I’m delighted that summer is moving so slowly this year.  I feel like standing outside and soaking it in, reveling in the sweat and humidity and heat.  After all, I still have memories of this

Ugh.

Additionally, today marks the halfway point of 2014.  Six months behind us, six ahead of us.  My initial year has been crazy; I can only imagine what the rest will hold. 

I’m spending my summer days drinking coffee, working, writing, relaxing by whatever pool I can find, and exercising.  Old friends are coming into town weekly.  Reading has never tasted so good.  I’m doing more than I’ve ever done before, and I can feel myself changing, in more ways that one.

Tonight’s post is a short one, friends, for I am sleepy and headed to bed.  Perhaps some Bob Ross while I drift off…his happy clouds are the best sleep companions.

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So This is the New Year…

…and I don’t feel any different.

Just kidding.  I feel a bit different.

It’s funny how quickly things change, how fast things happen, and how your world can change so dramatically in the span of such a short time.  2013 began with large plans, excitement, promises that this year would be the BEST year ever.  7 months in, the bottom dropped out, and here I am, bringing in another new year alone for the first time in many moons.

However, let’s not dwell on the past.  2013 was not a good year.  It was hard, painful, distressing, and about a thousand other sad adjectives that no one wants to read about.

I’ve made a decision.

I’m not going to dwell on the past anymore.  I’m looking ahead, focusing on the future and forgetting (or, at least not thinking) about what’s behind me.  I have an entire year stretched out before me, open and available for anything I can cook up.  It’s all me, now.  Whatever I want to do, I can do it.  2014 will be the year of discovery, organization, adventure, and healing.  It will be the year of preparation.

Resolutions?  Oh yeah, lots of them.  I’m getting a dog.  I’m getting a new tattoo.  I’m buying myself a fancy KitchenAid mixer.  I’m going to Chicago or Austin (or both).  I’m losing all this damn weight that has appeared over the past 3 years (literally and metaphorically).  I’m finally writing something worthwhile that will enable me to (one day soon) be a real, professional writer.  It’s gonna happen.

By the end of 2014, I will be different.  In all the best ways.

Happy New Year, friends.