In 2014, I Will...

Like any year, 2013 saw its share of highs and lows, but as far as years go overall, I can’t complain too much about it. I took inventory of the relationships in my life. Toxic, negative, draining? Ain’t nobody got time for that. I began to nurture the relationships that remained and have been so blessed and uplifted by them, both in “real” life and online.

I {finally} faced a medical diagnosis head on and made decisions on how I’m moving forward. This year will be about taking the action to make it happen.

I had my first big cookie. You know the ones you see at the mall with icing that take the place of birthday cake? That. It was every bit as good as I always hoped it would be.

I’ve witnessed celebrations of life and the mourning of the loss of loved ones. I’ve helped see friends and family through marriage, divorce, birth, loss of pregnancy, promotions, and graduations.

I’ve seen grace in action and watched miracles happen.

2013 was a trying, sometimes heartbreaking year, but it was a good, often festive year. I loved, I lost, I laughed, I cried, I celebrated, I grieved, I learned a lot about life and even more about myself.

And now it’s time to wipe the slate clean and begin anew. To set new goals and chase new dreams.

When I began thinking about the things I wanted to focus on in the new year, I started with a list that included things like "fold clean laundry promptly." And while that *is* an area in which I can improve (Full Disclosure: I have, on more than one occasion, restarted the dryer because I didn't want to fold the clothes), I want this year to be about more than just checking items off a resolutions list. I want it to be a year that makes a difference.

In 2014, I will:

Do Love.  

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Choose joy, simplicity, and contentment. 

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Keep a positive heart and encouraging thoughts.

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I will elaborate on each of these more in the coming days.

Did you set any resolutions or goals this year? Big or small, I'd love to hear them!