I published Kicks Like a Girl,and despite not marketing it (due to working full-time--which you'll soon see is a Major Theme and Excuse for 2014), sold a reasonable number of copies. The book turned out well, I'm proud of the quality and the reader response was enthusiastic. I didn't finish edits on another manuscript as I had intended. Getting hired full-time (see?) put a cramp in my writing time, so I should be gentle to myself on that count, right?
Speaking of failures, I didn't complete my plan to run around our country block. I trained and nearly got to that point, but knee issues knocked that goal off the page. I did participate in a 5K--the Dirty Dog Mud Run with Mr. T (which barely counts, but I DID finish it). Shed Yoga continues, that's something affirming on the fitness end of life. In fact, a few new people plan to join our little Saturday morning yoga class this weekend.
The fix-it list got knocked down to one item (pesky doorknobs!). I repainted two rooms, fixed broken stuff and got the greenhouse going. I haven't given the greenhouse project the attention I'd like, something that should change next year when I'm done working overtime (more excuses), but at least it's functional. Team Testosterone took a couple of road trips and we managed to squeeze in four cultural experiences, including their first musical--Bye Bye Birdie. I got to visit Concord, Massachusetts and take a dip in Walden Pond but I didn't get far north enough to meet Jocelyn. I DID get to Skype with Cheri, Suzanne, and Stephanie, so that was pretty cool--and I'd met Mary IRL but got to Skype with her, too.
2014 is the first year I didn't accomplish my bucket list, but I got hired out of the blue to teach again (I know--shut up about that already), we added a kitten to our household and I continue to put my editing skills to work on a wonderful project--the Discovery Land Global curriculum is teaching kids about Jesus in dozens of churches both stateside and worldwide. As I finished edits on the spring installment Tuesday, I appreciated how awesome that project is--both in its impact and its quality. That involvement is a huge blessing that I often forget to count.
Now it's time to begin my 2015 bucket list.
* Earn my mandatory 6 credits by the end of June so I can keep my teaching license (and, consequently, keep my job).
* Finish editing my YA novel and come up with a good title.
* I hate adding this one--it's so cliche and I NEVER like writing items that sound like self-improvement resolutions, but working full-time has really skewed the balance: exercise more so I can stay strong. My weight is fine--but FEELING energetic, that's another story. I have to get my rear in gear more often than twice a week.
* Repaint two more rooms. (We're down to just four rooms needing paint here!)
* Landscape around Mr. D's ginormous shed. It must be done. Plus, planting is FUN! And there will be blackberry bushes involved in this endeavor.
* Get in the woods at least three times a month.
* Take Team Testosterone on at least five adventures.
I'm getting started on that last one this morning when we pack the Momvan and head to the Dells for some indoor waterpark action--water slides, laser tag and a lazy river.
|Mr. G and I took a blurry Christmas Eve selfie.|
*I don't do resolutions. Self-improvement isn't fun, but bucket lists are, so I make a list each year of what I want to DO. My list might include things that are good and useful and helpful, but they can also include enjoyable things. Really, anything that makes me feel accomplished in any sense of the word can end up on my annual bucket list.
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