2013: A Year in Review

First off, let me say to those of you still following my blog or the ones who visited, thank you for sticking with me! Life got pretty crazy and blogging took a backseat. I was writing posts now and again, but it wasn’t until I went to my site on my laptop that I noticed they never published–oops!! I plan to get back at it, maybe by doing my own version of the “post a week” challenge I’ve done in the past. Anyway, a lot has happened, both good and bad, since my last post.

The biggest challenge was breaking up with my boyfriend of almost five years. Not only did I lose someone I deeply loved and wanted to spend my life with, I also had to say goodbye to many wonderful friends and the house we shared together. Sure, there were tons of things I wanted to change/add-artwork, a small garden, updated landscaping, but as I was packing up my belongings, I realized how trivial those things were. It was the memories attached to these things, both ones I’d had and many I was looking forward to. It was so surreal to see the last four years of my life packed in boxes, totes and wrapped up and neatly packed into a storage pod.

Moving back to Minnesota and living with my family was a major adjustment as well. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to be closer to them, but we’ve all adapted differently and combining our lifestyles/choices is not always easy. The trickiest part–after having to unpack everything and find places to store what I don’t need now, of course–getting three dogs to get along but still have their own space. We had two dogs before I moved to Omaha, a Papillon (Pippin) and a Havanese (Indie) who are now in their late adult/senior stage of life. They’re pretty stuck in their ways, so me bringing a huge (at least in their minds), overly curious, super friendly and super bouncy young Corgi (Nova) really upset the balance. Even though I’ve brought her home with me when I visit during the holidays, she was an intruder. We’ve done our best to help them become friends, or at the very least tolerate each other, but even after 10 months it is still pretty iffy and at times I wonder if there’s been any progress at all. Thankfully, the neighbors have a dog and he loves to hang out with Nova.

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My other life changing event was the passing of my grandma. We all know our loved ones will die one day, but it never has comforts you when it happens. My mom and I lived with my grandparents for about 13 years and I always considered both of them extra parents, making her death deal a double blow. When I lived in Omaha, I worried I wouldn’t be able to make it home in time to say goodbye, but I realized despite the stress and negative view about moving back here was actually a blessing in disguise.

So far 2014 has been pretty good. I’m still working out and losing weight (although I’ll be honest, since Christmas, the various sweets more present in the house and our horrible cold weather, I’ve gained a few pounds, but not as much as I could have). I’ve been hanging out with one of my closest friends–she’s a great movie/crafting buddy. My most exciting event so far? After years of saying “one day,” I finally decided to learn to knit, although if you saw how many supplies I have, you’d think I’d been knitting for years.

I’m not a resolution maker, but I’ve decided to make a “happy box:” each day, I’ll write down at least one positive thing/moment, then read them all on New Year’s Eve. Whatever 2014 decides to throw at me, I’m ready for the challenge and to make it my best year yet!

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