Let's just start off by saying I'm glad it's a new year. I'm always quite happy to put the Christmas decorations away and get the massive tree out of the house. I'm always amazed at house clean and uncluttered my house looks once Christmas is back in boxes for another year. And my house is pretty cluttered as is. Sadly, I wasn't that into the holidays this year. Not exactly sure why. Maybe it was because we had such a crazy year. A new baby, a husband working FT out of state, in-laws living with us for almost seven months. It was an amazingly, beautiful year - don't get me wrong. But it was a lot. A LOT. It was a year full of big emotions over many big events (all those above). I'm ready to move on to something new. I'm ready for the blank slate. The next chapter. I was particularly down and out New Year's Eve. I asked a friend, Why is the end of the year so difficult for so many people? She said, It represents a lot of disappointed expectations for so many people. Yes. She nailed it. Another year that I didn't get XY and Z accomplished. Isn't it funny how so much can happen day to day, but at the end of a year it can seems like hardly anything has changed at all?... That's a bit how I felt. Well, how I'm kind of still feeling, really. I'm not sure I can adequately put it into words.
I have plans/ideas/goals/dreams for 2015. Some are reasonable. Some are crazy big. A few trips down to San Diego (where the husband is working), a trip to visit a friend (there'd better be snow!), there will be trips up to Seattle to see my parents and my sisters-in-law, and a trip up to Bonney Lake to see the in-laws' new house. I hope to make the time to take Little Miss walking a bit and try to lose the weight I've seemed to have gained since I had her almost a year ago. There will be coffee with friends. Lots of coffee with friends. And bookclub. And baseball in the spring. There will be Little Miss E's first steps and first words. (She's already crawling around like crazy!) There will be snuggles, and stories, and hugs and kisses galore.
I do plan to choose my One Word for the year. I'm still thinking about that one. I'm taking a couple of photography classes, continuing my blog circle with my online friends, and attempting my first 365.
What do you plan to do with this blank slate New Year?... I'd love to hear about your plans and dreams.
And now to welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.
- Rainer Maria Rilke