Hey, 2014....

My friend, Adrienne, has encouraged me to return to blogging. Since hers is an opinion I value, I'm going to do my bet to follow through.

This time of year is always one of reflection and resolutions and so forth (Although, as life-long academics, Joe and I read a calendar differently. New Years begin in September.). Anyway, when in Rome, reflect and resolve at the end of December and beginning of January.

2013 wasn't the easiest year I've ever lived. But it was a far sight better than 2012 (that would be a pretty low bar). Some highlights include earning my Master's degree, developing more patience and inner strength than I thought I was capable of, performing in one of my lifetime Top Five favorite musicals, running a baker's handful of 5K races, and returning to college teaching (albeit part-time).

So, what's the plan for 2014?

Well, there's a three-week camping road trip Out West planned for August. I've applied to direct a big musical (my first) in July. I want to reimplement some healthier food/activity habits (mostly because I have a lot of great clothes that are languishing until I fit into them again). Now that my Masters in done, Joe may reattack his dissertation.

While not endless, the possibilities are vast.  And while that open-ended-ness can be viewed with optimism and delight, the planner/control freak in me is easily overwhelmed by too much uncertainty. I think this is why I rarely make New Year's resolutions. I know how easily life changes and whisks things out of my control.

Maybe I should listen to Adrienne in this as well, and simply choose a word of import and guidance for the upcoming year. I'll have to give that some thought.

For now, I resolve to try to hang on to the things I'm doing right, to be mindful of blessings, and to suck less.