There are just a few hours left in 2013. On the whole, it wasn't a very good year personally. I'm not going to lie and wax nostalgic. In many ways, I wish that much of what happened this past year never did, and yet - I wouldn't be the person I am today without those experiences. There's some comfort in that, I suppose. Growing pains and life lessons were my credo for 2013.
My wish for 2014 is Peace. Peace for me, Peace for you, Peace for all. Peace from financial woes, from offspring issues, from squabbles and tantrums and arguments. Peace in families, internal peace and a decided lack of angst.
I wish freedom from worry above all. Illness, death, despair, betrayal, heartache - all are parts of the cycle of life, the yin to the yang of peace and comfort, joy and serenity.
A bad habit I'm going to break: It sounds gross to even discuss, but I have a terrrible habit of picking at my cuticles when I am stressed. As you can imagine, my fingers are fatally flawed right now. I've broken the habit before, and need to again. Oh! and I've gotten back into a terrible soda habit and really need to break it AGAIN.
A new skill I'd like to learn: It's not a skill so much as a conquest, but I really want to learn to make a great roast beef for slicing, and meatballs have eluded me for many, many years.
A person I hope to be more like: Can I reserve the right to hold this question over for another day? I really need to think about it.
A good deed I'm going to do: I still really, really want to do prison ministry, but the fact that it hasn't shaken out yet makes me think it's not my time to do this. I want to continue with funeral ministry. I also want to begin volunteering at the homeless shelter - I've taken my kids there and they've requested that we return.
A place I'd like to visit: BlogHer Food is being held in Miami this year and I'd love to go. I'd also really like to go somewhere, anywhere, warm and tropical with my husband and not do anything other than lay on a beach and eat and drink.
A book I'd like to read: Diana Gabaldon's Written in my Own Heart's Blood, which is due out in June.
A letter I'm going to write: Any. I'm terrible at getting letters written.
A new food I'd like to try: Huh. I don't know.
I'm going to do better at: Taking myself and my needs seriously
I'd love to know your answers to the above!
Happy 2014! May it be a wonderful year, full of light, love and peace!