As I sit here wondering what the F happened to 2013 I wonder if this is how it is every year or if this year had just taken me off guard? Well, lets look and see. In 2007, when I first started this little blog, it seemed like I was ready for it, "pumped", I'd say. 2008, the same thing, a good year with lots of memories and a lot to be thankful for. I don't exactly know if it was intentional or not, but New Years 2009 came and went without a blog post (strange, considering that today's post was on the top of my to do list and I haven't posted here in months). 2010 was all about photography projects, being a small part of a huge blogging community with so many strong female mentors to follow, and really celebrating "ordinary joy", which is weird, because that is something that I pretty much think this blogs roots are grounded in. My photography has always been about seeing the ordinary as something magical and living in that moment over and over again. Again in 2011, no real mention of the New Year, resolutions or regrets, it was filled with lots of photo work, and lots of engagements, wedding and newborns. Celebrating others was how I celebrated the year. 2012 was all about loss, bad decisions and scaling down. Scaling down is something I think about every year at this time. Getting rid of things that are just things, and knowing what is really important in my life. Scaling down and letting go of baggage and the people in my life that are toxic and don't enhance the "living" part of life. This past year was more about saying hello and welcoming 2013, and getting rid of 2012 (which, without discussion, was the worst year of my life thus far). And welcome it we did! 2013 had its ups and downs, and guess its how you look at thing. If you are a cup 1/2 empty kind of person (my husband) or a cup 1/2 full kind of person (me). After living with cancer for the past 12 years this year it took its toll on my dad and left him sicker than we have ever seen him, but in true Daddy fashion, he rarely complained, rallied through not only the months of Chemo, but the even more difficult, purging his body of the poison, coming off the Chemo. He is the spitting image of his mother, my ever missed Nonnie, and tight lipped and stoic. He had us worried many times this year, but come Christmas Eve, there was Pappa, his usual happy self, joking with kids, eating and even sampling a cocktail. I value every second I spend with that man, and having him here with us to start 2014 is a gift. 2013 brought us a long awaited new addition to the family. After losing Seamus we waited a while to get another puppy, not wanting to rush into it, but it became very apparent that Gunther needed a brother, and in August Fergus was born. From the very second this puppy entered our lives I knew he was special, and exactly what this family needed. He has been a constant source of joy and entertainment these past few months, and Gunther is once again happy. I'm not going to make vows or state resolutions for 2014, it's just not my thing. I'm not going to promise to post to the blog weekly (it will never happen), or biweekly (NOPE), or even monthly (more reasonable, but still a stretch). In 2013 I made some severe life changes, mid year, purely for myself, that proved to be exactly what I needed. I will continue to juice regularly and keep meat and processed foods out of my diet, not because it's the trendy thing to do, but because I personally feel the benefits. I will continue to make positive life choices and welcome change, because I have finally come to realize that change IS good. Tonight we will celebrate quietly, together, the way we like to, and probably got to bed before Miley swings into NYC on her wrecking ball. For me its not about the festivities,or the banging of the pots (although I DO have some sparklers I'd like to light) but more about the saying goodbye to what has already been done and waking up to a fresh new start. Happy New Year everyone!!!
and what a better way to welcome 2014 than with a litle photo show, why dont you join me??