Every year, I do this. Every year.
So, here, it is, a recap and few resolutions.
2013 allowed me to love this glorious medium for what it is (and what it’s not).
2013. I worked and worked and worked.
2013. I slept a little more.
2013. I flaked too much.
2013. It was a year.
Things that happened this year:
Took my kids to Disneyland for the first time. Spoke at Alt Summit – in Utah and in San Francisco. Spoke at Mom 2.0. Hosted two little girls’ birthday parties. I got sick and my kids got sick and my husband got sick. I went to New York with my sister TWICE. My daughter started kindergarten and I cried. I got to keynote a conference! I found myself in Readers Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies Home Journal. Made donuts. I conceptualized award-winning campaigns (for Levis and Hyundai). Drew a coloring book of animals eating donuts. Adopted a family for Christmas. Went to a black tie wedding! Threw fewer parties. Hosted another chili cookoff. I updated my blog less and fell madly in love with Instagram. Visited my parents in Wisconsin. Started exercising again, and ran a 5K. I had a lot of hard conversations with people who want to make money from their blog (It is for a very specific kind of person!). I went to Oregon thanks to Harry and David and then I exhaled. Loved more. Worried a lot. Tried to be better.
In 2014, I’m traveling 90% less. It makes my kids and husband grumpy and there’s not much that can’t be solved with a Hangout now anyway.
In 2014, I hope to be:
More Patient and
More Patient breaks down into these 3:
I yell at my kids when I have asked them 3 times to do something. I ask them 3 times to do something every time. That means I yell at them every time. I grew up in a yelling household and it damaged me. I am perpetrating the cycle and I want to stop it. We’re getting help, but any recommendations are appreciated.
Use my calendar.
I check my gd phone enough, I can set up warnings, I have my hours and minutes right there.
Cut my to dos in half.
I make a list every morning of what I have to do. It fills up a whole piece of paper with teeny tiny writing. I do about a third of it and then feel terrible every night when I didn’t knock everything off my list.
So now, after I make my list, I’m going to chop it in half.
We didn’t have all the crushing depression and anxiety that colored our 2011 and 2012. And for that I’m grateful. It’s amazing the work that goes into life. (Especially the work that goes into keeping depression and anxiety at bay.) I did become pricklier, per my 2013 resolution, and it was awesome.
Thanks for being my friend, internet.
Let’s get silly this year.