2013: The Good, The Not So Good

2013: I’m thankful for my family, of course. I think that will be a given for most of us. I’m thankful for my friends as well. And my readers.

I’m thankful that Mr Mandy was able to find a job that he likes. Its unfortunate that there has been so much travel attached to it but in a lot of ways it helped to make my boys understand how to help more around here. (Now, ask if me they’re any good at it. LOL)

I wasn’t upset when I found out we had to move out of the state I’d lived in all my life. From a young age I’d assumed I’d leave there and travel a lot. While we did manage to travel, we’d never taken the leap to move from the area. A job loss forced our hand. Mississippi was hardly tops on my list (no offense to anyone here). Turns out, Oxford has a ton to offer my family. Its changed my view on MS. Will this be our forever home? I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe not.

I’m no longer afraid of change. I feel like if we needed to we could pick up and be anywhere… in the US or outside it. I’ve come to realize home is really what you make of it. And I do love living by the statement that “life is short, make it what you want it to be”.

2013 helped me to realize you can’t make everyone happy. Stop trying. If you live to people please than you’re forgetting to please yourself.

Its taught me that true friends are forever. That family doesn’t need be within a block radius to still be family. That my kids can actually adapt to change. That being a bit more of a free spirit is kind of fun. And that change is sometimes good.

I’m thankful for my readers. They kicked me in backside in 2013. They looked at me and said “in both sales, reviews and emails” you are worth it, keep writing. Don’t let this industry beat you down. And you know what… I listened. I’m damn happy I did.

So while 2013 was a year of change for me it was also a year of expanding my horizons. Of seeing the value of myself. Of letting go of negative emotions and scaling back/cutting out totally people that drag me down emotionally. It was a year of learning and I’m thankful for that.

As for 2014, I can only hope to continue to adapt to the change, to continue to be open to more change and to continue to listen to my readers as they give me a swift kick in the arse.

I’m curious, what are some of your highs and lows in 2013? What do you hope 2014 brings?