As the year comes to an end, I've found myself trying to do all the things that I've been putting off for the past 12 months (or seven years, as the case may be). I've gone through closets and toy bins and cabinets, getting rid of all the things that we no longer need, use, or want. It became abundantly clear in the past year that "stuff" doesn't just occupy a place in your home. Rather, "stuff" requires work, whether it's cleaning it, putting it away, moving it around, or taking it out. And quite honestly, I'd rather spend 2014 putting my efforts into people, not "stuff." I've also been ticking off tasks that have been on my mental to-do list for far too long (like the curtain rod that we literally bought seven years ago but have just gotten around to hanging up. Thanks, Ben!). It feels incredibly good to be getting things done.
And as the year comes to an end, I've also been thinking about the coming year and what's in store for our little family. Last year was the year that I often repeated to myself, "something is better than nothing." Ben jokingly referred to this as the lazy man's motto but I have to tell you that this mantra often pushed me to do many things that I wouldn't have otherwise tried to do because I didn't have the perfect amount of time, or the perfect skill level, or the perfect tools. It may not be the most eloquent of sayings, but it served me well in 2013.
As for the coming year, I find myself constantly returning to the idea that "life is a marathon, not a sprint" (and I blame this firmly on the TED Radio Hour episode on grit. Damn you, NPR, and your awesome radio shows). There's a lot that needs to get done around here in the coming year, some of which is not very exciting (like taking a math class. Blah!) but 2014 will hopefully be about sticking with things, even when you rather not. And when I feel like throwing my hands in the air in surrender I hope that I'll remember that there's no better way to teach your children a life skill than by demonstrating it for them.
So here's to a very happy new year to you and your loved one. May your 2014 be filled with much peace, love, and joy!