2013 has been…interesting. Not the worst of the years I’ve lived through, but not the best, either. Plenty of challenges have reared their heads this year, primarily in the last couple of months, but I wouldn’t give up any of the good parts to go back and try things over again.
Glancing back at my first blog post of 2013, I see that my goals for this year were simple:
“I think to continue working on strengthening my faith. To fully read the book of Romans (and then continue on through the works of Paul) – I mean with a good study as opposed to the surface reading usually given to it from a lot of Bible studies. To continue with my knitting and singing and photography, and to be as good a friend to all as I can.”
Let’s see — I never did complete that study of Romans, so I think that will go on the list again this year. The rest of the list was accomplished on an ongoing basis, and those things will continue to be priorities. Other things I want to do in 2014 (keeping it simple):
- Finally get my Etsy store organized and open
- Purge unnecessary belongings
- Move into another domicile
- Improve my organizational skills, for home and work
Although I am not so great at keeping a diary, having my blog and FB archives to remind me of the past year’s happenings is a useful thing. So many things can happen in a year, and it’s good to summarize and then look ahead to the new possibilities. So, here’s a few high- (and low-)lights of 2013:
- Spent lots of good quality time with friends and family
- Gamed a few times (though I would like to do more of this – both board and RPG – in 2014)
- Moved into a new role at work, which is providing lots of new opportunities for expanding my skillset. 😀
- Welcomed a new baby cousin to the family.
- Traveled to Boston for work, but I got to walk the Freedom Trail in my spare time.
- Sang a lot of fantastic music with my church choir and with Conspirare.
- Celebrated my fifteenth anniversary of working for Dell.
- Joined a gym again and started swimming (semi)regularly.
- Attended the Round Top music festival for the first time (and I still can’t believe I didn’t know about this when I was younger).
- Took an intermediate swim class to improve my lap swimming technique.
- Went to a Monkees concert in Houston with some old friends
- Had my gall bladder removed
- Had my apartment flood three times
- Went to Israel!! Made new friends and had a great time. 🙂
- Lost my eldest brother to liver cancer.
Several friends and family members had tough moments this year as well, and I continue to pray for those still challenged by these issues. Each new year’s beginning is ripe with possibility – I rejoice with those who had moments to celebrate this past year, and I pray that the new year brings blessings to all!