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I’m not going to do my standard “Year in Review” post today. I’m also not going to list resolutions for the new year that I will certainly break. What I am going to do is tell you my plans for the year, so that this time 2014 I can look at this post again and see how close I got to getting it all right.
A short disclaimer: This optimism is destined not to last, so enjoy it while it is here. I’m sure I’ll be back to my regular emo ray of sunshine self very, very soon.
This year is going to be very lucky for me and mine. We have a house. We will have a fence and a deck soon. Our basement floor will return to normal. We will get all our boxes from the overseas move unpacked before summer. We will have guests from the UK and the US and Canada and wherever else we have friends to come stay with us. I will be having a Eurovision finals party at my house in May. Daisy and Clown will maintain, healthy and happy, as they are today.
Our family will grow. We’ve gotten downright scientific about this whole process, and while we will definitely increase the canine population of the house with a larger and fuzzier newcomer, I am confident that we will also add to our family of humans.
I will get something published. In the past, I have resolved to “make part of my living with my writing” and I’ve done that. Daisy’s book and my others are still available on Lulu.com. This year, however, is when that takes a step up. This is the year that all my nano-noveling and other pecking at my keyboard will be shared with the world, as well as the year that I truly start to believe that I have a story to tell that people want to read.
I will be doing more things in the name of self-care. There will be yoga and meditation to quiet my mind as well as a dedicated effort to start running again while my knees will still allow me to do so.
There will be travel. Watch this space, as I will be filling all five or six of you in on my travels in a more timely manner than I have in the past. Along those lines, and in combination with the above publishing work, there will be a photo book in the works of our honeymoon trip. We are fairly decent photogs, me and my Mister, and I want to share the incredible experience we had with others.
I am going to be a better listener and friend, and will spend more time doing and less time talking about doing. Of course, this blog doesn’t count…
Finally, I’m going to look back on this post on 1 Jan 2014 and smile at all I’ve accomplished this year. Happy New Year, Lettuce Readers. Live long and prosper, and all that jazz.