Happy New Year 2014!

To say that 2013 was a year that was on the rougher side for me would be an understatement.  I was unfortunately left rather unmotivated to blog throughout most of the year.  The worst of 2013 was the loss of my companion and somehow the best was declaring bankruptcy.

I still have not got the tooth fixed that broke last February after my Greyhound trip from hell, thankfully we have had no more ER visits (*touching wood table as I type with two arms*) and I am hoping to now be past what has probably been the poorest I have ever been in my life.

On the plus side, I was able to take six courses, watch my partner accept her doctoral degree, start the process to a fresh financial start and fall in love with the sweetest kitten:

Domino

We celebrated New Years Eve on New York time in downtown Kelowna.  After having such a rough year, I really wanted to go out with a bang.  I was supposed to go out after the 9pm fireworks but went home for the midnight drop of the ball.

I had a new bottle of Carolan’s chilling in my freezer.  After three small glasses on ice and turning on the original Star Trek movie I had PVR’ed, I fell asleep on the couch from about 11:15 to 12:30, missing the change of the calendar year.  

The realization that 2013, one of the roughest years of my life, was behind me, made tears well up in my eyes and stream down my face.

After crawling into bed, I awoke at 3:30 and could not get back to sleep.  I tossed and turned for an hour before returning to the futon where I was met with the bestest of cuddles from our kitten.  I crawled back into bed around 6 and slept until 10am.

2013 was a roller coaster year of emotions for me.  From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows and one day of the year in which I felt both extremes in the same day.

Moving on.

In another 47 days, I will be discharged from the mountain of debt I have been buried under since before graduating college in 2000.  In another 47 days, I get to start rebuilding my credit back up to what was near perfect before a massive drop in income and my no longer having the means to pay my creditors AND feed my family.  In another 47 days, I will start to put to use the knowledge gained from my credit counselling appointments to hopefully remain in the black rather than being so, so deep in the red.

Heading into the end of 2013, we had started to purge and clear space in our office to be able to transform it into a place where we can work on our crafts and hobbies.  A few nights ago, I took it for a test run as I had started to cut out the patchwork for my boxer quilt.  So far am loving it!  The ironing board is setup perpendicular to the table making it very easy to iron, move the fabric to the table and cut.

Now that we have the space created, I am anticipating us doing a lot more painting, drawing, sewing, crafting and whatever else we come up with in 2014.  It all has me very excited!  So much so, that I cut up the patchwork pieces for my quilt in the first two nights of having setup the space (which still needs much work to clear out the rest of the junk).

I am still on the lookout for a few more pieces to add to my dreamboard collage but feel pretty good with where it currently is at.  I have a pretty clear picture in my head of where I want to be and some of those pieces are already on the board.  The rest, I am on the lookout anytime I have a magazine open.

Dusting off my dSLR camera and guitar is high on my list of what I want to accomplish in 2014.  There are many tutorials online (not to mention books on my bookshelf) that I will be delving into this year.

After having taken so many Specialized Kinesiology courses last year, I really don’t know what, if any, I will take this year.  I will audit a few courses at work and if Ian Stubbings comes back to Canada, I will for sure take more SIPS courses.  But for now, I am feeling well equipped and instead want to focus on practicing and learning more about the body and nutrition.  I am registered in the ABE program at Okanagan College to upgrade/re-do my high school science classes (tuition free!) in an effort to become more knowledgeable about the body and how it works and brush up on quantum physics.  Now that I have practical applications for the courses, I figure I will do a lot better than I did in high school.

When it comes to my own health and wellness, I finally feel I might be in the head space to make some progress with weight loss.  Since the Fall when I had done a lot of healing after my cat died, I have had several people comment on how “good” I look and asking me about the weight I have lost.  The weight loss has been negligible and I note that what they are seeing is most likely the emotional weight that I have lost.  Funny thing is, any time someone has commented on how “good” I look, I actually feel like a bag of shit at that given point in time!

Last year I upgraded my LG Optimus One smartphone to the Nexus 4.  I was wanting a better camera to have with me in my pocket because quite frankly, the LG Optimus One’s camera is crap and took mostly crappy photos.  I am certainly taking a lot more photos with my phone since.  Most of which are from me documenting things such as cooking.  As we delve into more RAW, paleo, gluten free and clean eating, I will blog about our adventures in cooking/baking.

I will properly formulate and document my goals to help me achieve all that I want to get done in 2014.  I have been thinking a lot about 2014 over the past six weeks to decide what is most important to me and what (if anything) should be dropped.  Over the past few days, I have been also reflecting backwards.  Initially the thought was just to “coast” in 2014 but over the past couple of days I have reframed it to:

I am just going to enjoy life and be happy in 2014.

What about you?  Have you set goals for 2014?  Are you happy or sad to see 2013 behind us?  Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?  Are you successful with them?