While Christmas will forever be my favorite holiday, I’ve always liked New Year’s as well for the simple reason of having a chance to reflect on the past year and plan for the year to come. I know many people say you can make changes in your life any time of the year, but having a specific holiday that is a reminder to reflect and reevaluate certainly helps. With that said I believe 2013 may have brought about more “firsts” in my life than any other year.
January 2013 I experienced my first past life regression. This entailed $400 for a 3 hour session with a psychologist who is trained in past life experiences. I cannot detail everything from the session in this post as it merits its own post (or feel free to contact me to inquire more), but I can say the experience answered some emotional questions I had struggled with since high school as well as opened my mind to a new type of spirituality. I have been able to expand my mind beyond the organized religious dogma I had always known, and feel much more at ease with the purpose of life and do not worry about death as I now have personal proof that reincarnation of the soul does occur.
March 2013 I saw my mother drunk for the first time. My sister turned 21 and the whole family and many friends came out to celebrate. It was a super fun night, and I’m glad that being all adults now means my family can indulge in going out for drinks together.
May 2013 I got to visit Salt Springs State Park for the first time. I love visiting new parks, and this one had 3 waterfalls which made it even more enjoyable. I encourage everyone to visit a new park in 2014 either as a day trip or overnight camping. I also advise turning off all electronic devices (depending on where you are they probably won’t work anyway) and just enjoy nature and the company of family and/or friends.
Spring/Summer 2013 I received my first promotion at work. I was very happy to be chosen to migrate from Wire to ACH as it gave me a chance to learn new things and take on new responsibilities.
Summer 2013 I trained for my first half marathon. Completing a half marathon was my main New Year’s resolution for 2013, and as usual I was a little late in starting to work on it because I cannot stand to run outside during the winter. The majority of my training I completed alone as my boyfriend could only run with me on the weekends. Nearly every Friday night during the summer I completed a long run that ranged anywhere from 7 to 12 miles.
August 2013 I won my first 5k. I have placed in my age group in many races before, but I actually was the first overall woman to complete the Hook O Malley 5k. Mind you my time was not all that spectacular, but it is a challenging course that consists of an uphill climb of at least a half mile. I was even interviewed after the race though unfortunately the clip did not make the cut for the evening news. I did have my picture in the paper though, and was asked to return next year to “defend my title” – a challenge I suppose that is already built in to be a resolution for 2014.
September 2013 I actually completed my first half marathon. To add to that, I was able to beat my goal time of 2 hours 15 minutes by running the race in 2 hours and 8 minutes. It was also nice that my dad was able to run the same half marathon as having someone to talk about the experience with adds to the fun. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be doing it again in 2014; the training definitely kept me in shape but it is also a big time commitment and can be rather lonely when training by yourself.
November 2013 I went on my first cruise. It was tough waiting til almost year’s end to go on vacation, but the islands visited made it worth the wait. Refer to my post on the cruise if details are desired – Jason and I wouldn’t mind doing another one someday, but we’re looking at other vacation options for the next few years including going to Niagara Falls in 2014.
There may be other firsts from 2013 I missed, but those highlight the biggest ones. As for my 2014 resolutions, I haven’t really set anything in stone. Of course it’s always a resolution to get back in shape as I tend to get lazy the colder it gets. I also look to pay off one of my student loans and trim down the amount owed on the others. Jason and I would both like to find our “forever house” in the next year or 2 as we live in a nice small town but both want out in a rural area like I was used to growing up. 2013 was overall a decent year, so I would say just continuing to have a happy and content life of doing new things and seeing new places in 2014 would be a sufficient goal for me.