Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

My current favorite family photo.

Hiya.  Remember me? It's been a while, but I've recently realized that I miss writing in my little corner of the internet! My dad (!!!) has even been bugging me to add a new entry. 

2013 was a mix positives and negatives for me. Ultimately, I think the plusses outweighed the minuses. A couple of the minuses even led to plusses, or ended up being positive things in disguise.

I started a job that I love (this is where I work. I still hope to write a more detailed entry on what it is I do!) in February. This job has presented me with new challenges, and has helped me build more confidence in myself. It has its frustrating moments, but what job doesn't? I get to work beside some really wonderful and creative people, and am lucky enough to call many of them my friends. 

I turned 32 in May. Kept things very low key, just the way I like my birthdays. Ed gave me a freestanding full-length mirror, something I've wanted for a very long time but would never buy for myself. I use it every day.

My grandma passed away at the end of May. She was 90 years old. I made it to the hospital in time to be there for her last hours. It's a strange feeling to be with someone as they leave this Earth, but I'm glad that I could see her one last time. I helped choose the clothes she would wear. My grandpa has trouble writing due to a stroke, and asked me to write out the checks to pay for her funeral. I probably seemed very stoic and all business to my family members, but that's just how I cope.

No big vacations this year, but Ed and I did take a driving trip up to Traverse City and Saugatuck for a few days in June. Both really lovely places, and not too far away! We will definitely go back.

Ed's employer let him go in September. At first I was worried and scared, but knew it would be a good thing.  He wasn't super happy in his job. After taking about a week to think it over, he decided to work on a new startup. I'm really excited about it, and it amazes me that I can even get excited about something like that now. I used to feel a lot more stressed out and worried and depressed and just ALL THE EMOTIONS. I've worked really hard to be more calm and flexible in the last couple of years, and it's paid off. My anxiety level is at an all time low. It's pretty awesome. 

So, there's an overview. I'm hoping to keep up my writing a little better than I have been. Wishing all of you a great year!


  1. One last try... It's good to hear from you!!!! I hope you have a great new year and that we get to hear from you more in 2014!

  2. You have a great year as well! One of my goals is to blog at least once per month. It's not much, but it's better than a huge 7 month gap. How's TN treating you?