I, like The Bloggess, have an aversion to the number 13. So when she came up with the brilliant idea of calling 2013 “the library” to avoid unpleasantness, I jumped on board. I’m pretty thrilled that it’s over. It wasn’t such a bad year, but let’s just say I’m happier to be writing 2014 on my dates instead of the other number.
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I became an Independent consultant for Thirty-One gifts. I’d considered becoming a consultant for a few other direct sales companies before, but something about Thirty-One just resonated with me. I became an aunt for the first time (and the second) this year. I joined the MOPS steering team and participated in ministry leadership for the first time in almost ten years. There were of course things like being mom of a 2 year old and cooking with cabbage, but they aren’t as exciting.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I actually didn’t make resolutions for the library, but instead decided to participate in One Word 365. My word for the library was grace and although it didn’t impact me as much as I would’ve liked (I’m not perfect yet) I’m still looking forward to integrating 2014’s word, which is “intentional”. I’d like to make more moments count with my family. I’d like to make better decisions on running my business instead of what just feels right at the time. And I’d like to eat healthier, read my Bible more, and basically make better use of my life – which means being intentional about the use of my time, energy, and money. And it’s not really a resolution, but we’re going to try going gluten-free.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! My brother-in-law and his wife gave birth to my nephew, Jude. My other brother-in-law and his wife gave birth to my other nephew, Eli. And my friend Elle had a baby boy, Logan. Lots of boys!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, my paternal grandmother passed away this autumn. I miss her.
5. What countries did you visit?
Um, the U.S. Which is where I live, so super exciting.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Peace, confidence, and rest. And a potty trained kid.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Not specific dates, but some of the moments of my panic attacks will probably stick with me because they were so intense. The sight of my daughter as she fell onto an escalator in Macy’s and had her fingers ripped open.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably not dying. That feels like an achievement every year. Getting the flooring replaced in our living room/dining room/kitchen, but that was more my brother than me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes. I was diagnosed with depression at the end of 2012, and an anxiety disorder early in the library. We’re still trying to get my meds sorted as well as trying to get my platelet function where it needs to be after my 2012 stroke.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My starter kit for Thirty-One gifts.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Probably food and our daughter. Kids are expensive.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Our new flooring. Fourth of July. My daughter’s birthday and her Christmas. Winning an Xbox One (shallow, I know). My nephew being born.
14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Bahaha – What Does the Fox Say? My daughter loves that song.