The personal challenge for me this past year was my stress level. I'm fully aware, though, that the stress was not the curse, my reaction to said stress was instead. And well, everything is just crystal clear in retrospect, isn't it? If only I could utilize or maybe I should say, choose to harness that clear-headed foresight in the moment a bit more, I might be a tad more zen and a tad less anxious. Shoulda, coulda, woulda....whatever. Let's move on, shall we? That is the point after all.
Despite a few setbacks, my mother and sister were safe and healthy throughout the year. Challenging as my job was, I was promoted and had much rewards from it. Despite a recent Friday the 13th twist involving an ice storm and some injured employees (all are thankfully fine), an intense work challenge was met and even exceeded. Keith got an awesome new job that makes even better use of his talents. I absolutely reveled in a sublime trip to New Orleans (seriously, I can't wait to go back). I am, more than ever before, so blessed and grateful to join with loved ones near and far and share meals with each and every one of them. I am as thrilled and geeky as I've ever been over every new flavor that I've experienced and more jazzed than ever about the possibilities 2014 will bring. I am happiest to report that we, meaning he and me, are stronger than ever.
I'm enjoying the meme that many have been sharing on Facebook about the first day of the new year being the first page of a book we'll all write. I literally started my book a few days early, so the journey begins. Let's make it a brilliant year for all of us, my friends, and help each other through the rough days. What a ride it will be!
Happy New Year.