I always seem to write, year after year, about how there were a lot of ups and a lot of downs in the year gone by. Strangely, when I reflected on 2013, that wasn’t the case. There weren’t really any major downs, Steve and I both held stable jobs (that was nice!), lived in the same place, without the worry of possibly needing to change provinces or even countries for work, everyone we love stayed healthy and well (thankfully!). However, there weren’t really any major ups either. It was sort of the year of…survival. I worked, tried to eat well, sleep well and take good care of myself in order to carry on with the day to day stuff that needed to be done. I spent much of 2013 feeling exhausted and run down, putting what energy I had into the stuff that needed to be done, limiting the amount of energy I had left over for fun stuff. While it’s not that I had a bad 2013, I would like 2014 to bring more adventure and balance between work and play. Of course, all that day to day stuff seems so important at the time, but really, when it’s all said and done, it’s the exciting stuff, like travel, and time with family and friends that really counts. I think that is the lesson I learned in 2013. Without sounding too cliché, life really is too short to waste any time.That being said, the day to day stuff can still be beautiful. The winter of 2013 made me question this at times, though. It was a long winter. It was cold, snowy, and I was sick a lot. A lot. What I appreciated most from January to March was probably the basics; a warm house, a comfy bed, healthy food in the fridge, family that I could call when I felt down. Coffee and wine also helped.
Spring brought lots of inspiration in 2013. After what seemed like a very dark and cold winter, spring had never felt so good! We ate meals outside as soon as it warm enough, I planted flowers, bought new patio furniture, and felt grateful to see the leaves blossoming and grass getting greener. It really lifted my spirits! In May, I celebrated my 33rd birthday and Steve and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. Steve turned 36 in June. We celebrated quietly and happily.The summer of 2013 was wonderful. I had 3 weeks off work in late July/early August, a much needed break. We took two camping trips, once just me and Steve and once with our friends, Andrew and Laura, and their three kids. We went on day trips to Voyager Provincial Park in Ontario, and watched our almost 12 year old dog swim and play like a puppy. That made me incredibly happy. It really is the simple stuff.I was constantly reminded that I really am happiest when I’m in nature. I guess you can take the girl out of the country, but you just can’t take the country out of the girl!I visited Nova Scotia and soaked up the ocean air, the friendly people, and just nice quality time with family and old friends. It was oh, so good for my soul, and I came back to Montreal feeling emotionally recharged.Autumn was even more beautiful than I remembered it to be. Steve teased me that I acted like someone who had never experienced a Canadian fall before, oohing and awing over every leaf. I especially enjoyed experiencing autumn with the kids at work, who seemed to appreciate the changes just as much as I did. In September, Jesse Dog turned 12.
For Thanksgiving, we visited Amherst Island with our awesome friends, Geoff and Ange. It was a perfect weekend.
I went apple picking twice, once with work and once with Steve. I had never gone apple picking before. It was fun, although, it is now almost January, as we still haven’t managed to eat all the apples! In other news, apples last for a surprisingly long amount of time. Jeddy Bum made a pretty cute cow-dog for Halloween. I dressed up as a witch for work…a nice witch, as I had to keep reminding the kids! In November, Steve’s Mom came to visit and Steve ran up a mountain with his friend, Andrew…It was nice to see Steve train and participate in an event again.Which brings us to winter once again. December was a busy month for me at work and at home, but I’ve been enjoying a peaceful break from work. We had a quiet but lovely Christmas, and I’m looking forward to a new year.
I have some goals in mind for 2014, as usual, and I think I’ll share them in this space soon. In the meantime, I hope your experiences from 2013 (good and bad) have taught you new things, and helped you to grow and evolve. I hope 2014 is a healthy, happy new year for everyone, filled with love, light, and adventure. All the best! xoxo