When Ginny Marie first suggested that we make this first Spin Cycle post of 2014 about the highlights of the past year, I became a little...depressed. It just felt like there was absolutely nothing that happened in 2013 that I would consider a "highlight". I didn't feel that I'd accomplished anything noteworthy or interesting, that I've just been plodding along on the same-old/same-old futile path. I looked back at last year's New Year's resolutions post, and discovered that of my resolutions for the year, I had accomplished exactly ZERO of them. ZERO.
But when I went back through my posts from the last year, I realized that there were quite a few things that happened which I would consider "good". Some of them even "quite good". Maybe this is a lesson for me to learn from, instead of looking back on the things I didn't do, look at the things I did do. It may not have been the year I had hoped for, but it was the year it was, filled with quite a few good and unexpected events.
Month of blogging - Last April 11th, which is just the most random date I could have chosen, I embarked upon a month of daily blogging. My thought had been that I was stuck in a blogging rut, and needed to think out of the box to find inspiration, so I forced myself to blog every single day for a month. And guess what? It worked. I wrote some of my most interesting posts of the year during that time, and definitely shook loose some preconceived notions I had about what I "had" to do. I'm thinking I should do it again this year at some point.
Carnegie Hall - I performed in Carnegie Hall, y'all! I really did. Well, my choir, of which I am but a minor member, performed Mozart's Requiem there along with several other choirs under the direction of Joe, our choral director. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime, goose bump-inducing experience, which I will never forget.
Jude found his passion - The boy has finally found his favorite thing in the world. LA County Junior Lifeguards.
It's a total mind/body experience for the kid - he runs, he swims, he paddleboards, he surfs, he learns how to save lives, he learns ocean safety, he learns CPR! From now on, his summer will be arranged around JGs.
Partnering with Ginny Marie - In September, after much thought and soul-searching, I decided that if I was going to continue hosting The Spin Cycle, I needed to get a partner. I had reached a point where I was completely unable to spend the time necessary on promoting the whole thing. And man, did I make a good choice. Ginny Marie has been a massive infusion of energy and inspiration! And here's a gigantic "Welcome!" to the new Spinners which she has brought in. Well done!
Emmys - I had SUCH a good time when I went to The Emmys as my friend Lynn's date! The glamour! The celebrities! The free food and booze!
Oh, and did I mention that I shook hands with Louie C.K.? Oh yes, I did that.
Modern Family - After a ten year mothering hiatus from television, I booked a job! On Modern Family, no less. Yes it was a small part, yes I now look old and fat, but I don't care, it was great fun and I worked with terrific people who I respect tremendously! Lets hope I get more work soon!
Thirteen Chapters - The main reason I've been so absent and distracted lately is that I'm writing a book. I know that everybody says this, but I really am, and I'm finally at a place where I'm feeling pretty good about it. I have now written 13 chapters. I recently went back and rewrote and restructured quite a bit, and am now on a path that I'm happy about, and am moving forward at a decent pace. It's all I want to do. I find myself thinking about it constantly, and stealing moments to work. Ah, to be able to go off alone to a cabin somewhere for about a week! But alas, not possible. But I think that 13 chapters is something to be proud of. By next year at this time, lets hope it's finished!
So there you have it. The highlights of my year. Not as bad as I'd first thought. But definitely room for improvement next year!
Here's to an excellent 2014 for all of us!
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