Yesterday was Mom’s 66th birthday and I spent 10 hours at her house with friends and family, eating fried sourdough bread, and lavishing attention on my fur-nieces. It was a great party, and Mom had a great time being the Birthday Princess!
At the end of December WordPress sent me a 2013 “year in review” — how sparse my attention has been on this little corner of the interwebs, but I can’t apologize because the main reason I have little time for writing is because I’ve been riding. As in, horseback riding. And as of 1/1/14 I am officially half-leasing Lincoln, which comes with additional riding privileges and barn time, lessons and learning, shows, and the promise of being able to do many fun things!
I couldn’t be happier.
Getting back into horseback riding was like waking up from a coma, or coming out of a dark closet. I’ve rediscovered my passion, and with that my entire outlook on my life — where I live, who I live with, how I spend my money and my time — has flipped over. I’m restructuring everything, and that takes time, energy, and patience.
For the first time in a long time, I’m looking forward to something. And the things that I’m not super-thrilled about are more tolerable because I know that I have barn time right around the corner. I’m excited about 2014! But first, here are the Top Ten Things That Were Good About 2013:
- Horseback riding
- My parents
- My sister
- My 96-year-old grandmother
- Friends + Happies
- Miss Kitty
- Healthy habits (bicycling, swimming, gym, running)
- Travel (NYC, camping, Maine)
- Home (mortgage refi, new HVAC)
I didn’t make a new year’s resolution, but here is a short list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2014:
- Become a better horseback rider
- Find time to keep up my healthy habits
- Cook more, for myself and others
- Visit my sister in NC
- Restructure my finances
- Find a considerate, responsible, and sane roommate
- Learn to pull (and back up) a horse trailer
- Write more (letters, blog posts)
- Pick my knitting back up and finish Mom’s scarf
- Continue to say yes to new experiences
Welcome, 2014. Let’s be good to one another.