I love new years, new beginnings: anything that suggests a chance to start over. I love life and the infinite chances we're given to reassemble, rearrange and renew.
And I was thinking today on the last day of 2013 of how I would advise my daughter to live and I thought if I could tell her anything it would be to live her life as if she's writing the plot of it for herself.
Don't be a victim to your life, be the author of it.
Stop and think right now of the things you love. Are you embracing those things? Do you embrace the people who touch your life? Are you choosing to realize what makes you happy and work to keep it close?
I told Lea for nano to write as if nobody will read it. Write for yourself. Well that truth is just as real for living.
Live your life with nobody judging: live your life for you.
For me, New Years is about reflection and resolution. Every day is a chance to get it right but a new beginning, a new year is a time to think about how to bring more joy and resolve.
My goals for this year are simple: I wish to start eliminating my debt. I have a simple snowball plan for that and it will take effect starting this payday. And I wish to start a slow recovery in my health and I do mean slow. I know what I need and it's all going to be baby steps.
I take great joy in my house and I want to continue to do the things that personalize it and make it my dream dwelling.
I want to be a better mother by helping my daughter embrace greater responsibility in her daily life.
I want to read mountains of books. I want to write stories I want to read.
I want to bring more women into my life and more single mothers.
I want to live in a way that when my daughter is older and making her choices, she'll think of me and it will help her choose the right path for herself.
Bring it on 2014. We have some good times to embrace.