I have high hopes for this year: new home, new jobs, new schools, new friends. The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. At least that's what I'm hoping. 2012 was one of the hardest years of my life with financial struggles, the closing of our business, and the picking up and moving 1,000 from home. While I still mourn the life I left behind (mostly friends I desperately miss every day), with the beginning of a New Year, I have hope that this year is going to be a good one.
Now that all my children are in school fulltime, for the first time in 12 years, I have a job outside the home. Just before Christmas I started working parttime at Archiver's (a scrapbooking chain) as a class instructor. So far I'm really enjoying it, not only the scrapbooking atmosphere and nice coworkers but also bringing home a paycheck.
I'll also be turning 40 this year. In celebration of this great milestone, my best friend Shannon would like to run a half-marathon together. With a 5K under my belt, I think I can be ready to add another 10-miles onto that total by October. *gulp* Gotta love those 10K and marathon trainer apps on iTunes!
Gotta get back into music. Leaving behind my regular singing gig at my church back in Idaho has been a real hole in my life since I moved. The Christmas season really solidified that longing as it's one of my favorite musical seasons. Not only that, but I have wanted to learn to play the guitar for years now. I think that time has come.
I'm not really into the whole "resolutions" thing, but I do feel like good things are in our future. As I say goodbye to the old, I welcome the new with hope.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11