Today is the last day of 2013.
In retrospect, 2013 was a pretty good year for me.
- My husband and I bought our new 100 year old home in January on 5.5 acres surrounded by farmers' fields. Our dream to leave the city and move into the country was realized.
- I learned how to tend bees. I haven't given up on getting my own hives, it's just become fairly evident that's its a more expensive endeavour than I'd realized, at first. All in good time.
- I created a studio space for myself that feels nurturing.
- I planted a garden and watched it grow. My first ever.
- We installed a gas fireplace just days before the first snowfall of the season and the temperatures plummeted. Timing is everything!
- I got my Etsy store up and running and have enjoyed some small measure of success.
- I developed a line of greeting cards and my work is now available to purchase at the regional hospital gift shop.
Naturally, there were also a few setbacks and losses, this past year, too.
- I experienced a deep sense of homesickness in the first few months after my move to the prairies from the west coast.
- I got my car stuck in a snowdrift and had to be rescued by the very farmer I'd driven out to offer assistance to. One word: Embarrassing.
- and, of course, the harshest loss of all, our kitten Teddy Pinkleton.
My word for 2013 was Courage. I don't feel that I really did it justice. I did do my best.
I thought my new word for 2014 was going to be Persevere . There was a heaviness associated with this word that I just couldn't shake, a sense of foreboding that seemed to promise a year of struggle and difficulty. I tried on several different words and kept coming back to that one. Nevertheless, as right as it felt, there was too much that was wrong with it for me to commit to carrying it for an entire year.
I believe I've found an alternate word that has a similar intent and yet, suggests a lighter, more uplifting mood, more in keeping with my truest self. More on that tomorrow, my lovelies.
For now, let me leave you with this final thought as we bid farewell to 2013 and welcome a new day, all bright and shiny and full of promise.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'..."