I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful and peaceful holiday! Larry and I had a quiet but very enjoyable time.
It’s hard for me to believe that this is the last post I will write in 2014. The years go by so quickly now!
Before the start of 2014, I chose a word to guide me through the year: Adventure. I did have some adventures during the year, some fun and exciting, some not-so-fun but life-changing, some big, some small.
Here are some of my adventures in 2014:
January: I opened a freelance editing business.
February: I started thinking about and making notes to write a mystery novel. I went sledding for the first time in years and had a blast!
|One of my favorite photos from 2014. It was taken by Larry.|
March: I covered the Group 1A boys basketball finals in Richmond and wrote a story about it—me, a non-sportswriter.
April: Larry and I started our first garden in the raised bed.
|The raised bed garden in June.|
May: I did an interview for a story on OCD and scrupulosity on CNN.com.
June: Relationships with family members changed forever.
|Chase Bird doesn't seem to think too highly of my knitting.|
September: I made an adjustment in my medications that made a big, positive difference in my depression. I didn't start talk therapy as I planned. I put that off until 2015 because of scheduling problems.
October-November: I started and finished physical therapy for a problem that remains to be diagnosed for sure: Neck? Shoulder? Both?
November: Larry and I tried authentic Japanese food for the first time. We found snow at the Peaks of Otter on Thanksgiving Day.
One adventure I worked on the whole year was reading. Yes, reading is always an adventure for me. I set a goal to read 24 books. I thought that was manageable and not so high that I would set myself up for failure.
I actually went over my goal and read 27 books. That might end up being 28 for 2014 since I’m currently reading one of my Christmas books.
I read a lot of articles and essays, too.
All but three of the books I read fall into the mystery/thriller category. I’m not sure what that says about me. Yes, I love mysteries. But maybe I needed some escape time, too.
Of the mysteries, 15 of them were by John Sandford. I discovered him last Christmas, and as you can guess, I found his stories captivating.
Here are the three nonfiction books I read:
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness. By Elyn R. Saks.
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. By Palmer J. Parker.
Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World. By Shirley Hershey Showalter.
I’m not sure yet what number of books I will set as a goal for 2015, but it will be higher than 24 or even 27. And I hope to include more nonfiction books.
So there’s a quick overview of 2014, one that in no way reflects the complexity of life. I am glad to put 2014 behind me.
On Thursday, let’s talk about 2015.
Readers, what one word sums up your 2014?