2012 was supposed to be the year of the "shed" for me. Not much happened. I am giving myself smaller, more attainable goals. I will focus on "clean" eating, and eating more vegan like as many days as I can.
I had successful eye surgery, but as I was warned, I cannot read or see things close up without glasses. Small price to pay.
I had my first colonoscopy, in which a rather large, thankfully benign, polyp was removed. I recommend for the 50 + crowd if you have not had one yet, please arrange for it. It is so doable. Nothing like I imagined. March 21st will be one year, and I plan on doing a prep that day, just because I loved how I felt afterward, sooo light.
I am still dealing with back spasms from a pinched nerve and fatigue, doctor appointments this week and next and recent blood work should have answers and hopefully, relief. I do need to cut back on computer time, I can spend hours (and in fact, do) on here. Not just blogging, I am addicted to Pinterest and Twitter, and after resisting Facebook for years, here I am on that, too.
I did come out of my comfort zone, and in October I attended a bloggers' conference in North Carolina. I wanted to face my 'fear of flying' and the TSA. I wanted to see if I can still do things like I used to. It was a wonderful weekend.
Also in October, I reconnected with cousins I had not seen or heard from in years. The sudden death of one cousin brought them on a search to find me, and today it is very easy (too easy and quite scary when you think about it) to find an address or telephone number. I am happy to have them back in my life. And I made closure with others.
I did not start a big project I thought I would, painting my guest bedroom furniture. I am going to bite the bullet and get that going in early spring. I went through craft supplies and have projects lined up. I did make a couple of Christmas crafts. I also started crocheting again.
I spent the summer hunkered down, trying not to spend unnecessary money, clearing out closets, files, I had two huge bags of shredded paper. I missed seeing my friends, but it made up for it once I saw I had made big progress. I had some minor home repairs done. I also had nice photos of this that I wanted to post, but they are forever lost when my computer crashed and died on my birthday in August.
I yearned for autumn, and it arrived on time, bringing the colors and scents and holidays, and a huge superstorm named Sandy that destroyed portions of my little island. It was hard to learn that people I know personally had lost their homes, or had extensive damage. I do not live near the water and did fine, except for a few nights of power outages and a few days of no telephone service.
Now the holidays are behind us, and I am happy to return to normal everyday business.
How do you like the new blog look? I wanted lightness, and I find a soft lavender calming. I love when I feel calm. I think better, and then make better decisions than when I am fretting. I want to thank Linda Primmer for her special talent in blog design.
I was sure my word for 2013 was going to be "joy". I want to experience more "joy". I think "peace" goes together with "joy". I already downsized, but I still need to "simplify". I need to remember all that I have been given, especially my dear sweet friends, and I need to be more grateful.
Simplify + finding peace + by being grateful = JOY
A very good equation for a successful year ahead!
Thanks for listening!!!
And because I love my Sunday linkys, I will be joining
and the very first Gratitude Party at A La Carte