A Brave New Year

2013 was unexpected and revolutionary. So many dynamics changed... the loss of loved ones, the loss of relationships, the loss of pets... It sometimes felt like being in the middle of a whirlpool , surrounded by people, tasks, responsibilities... and everything swirling madly.

I spent much of the year trying to wrestle situations and people into what I believed were the best solutions. I spent a lot of time grieving and often... grieving again when it didn't work. It was a year of attempting to preserve, defy, restructure, and resolve.

In the end, thankfully....clarity. I cannot change some things. There are some things I've realized I no longer wish to change. And what I'm left with is what I will cherish. These are the feelings, the values and the people that matter.

In 2014, I'm letting go of the things I wrestled with last year. I'm focusing on the things that make me strong and healthy... meditation, yoga, hiking, photography and the people that make me whole. I'm finally letting go of the people that fracture me.

2014 will still be full of difficult tasks that must be done, but no more emotional wrestling matches.

I'm working on grace. And bravery. And not becoming a hermit...

Because this girl in the photo below... she's still in me and she's still an adventurer!