Happy New Year, everybody--did you all have a great holiday season? I definitely did. The best Christmas present I got was the news that I will NOT be losing my job after all! That definitely helps me start the new year in a much more relaxed frame of mind.
As for 2012, it certainly had some stressful times, but there were lots of good times as well. My overarching resolution last year was to feel more like myself than I had in the past two years, by making more time for reading, sewing, and other activities that are important to me. I think I achieved that pretty well, so, hurray!
When I look back at the highlights of 2012, I think especially about fun times with family and friends I don't get to see often enough. More of that in 2013, please! Also, more music and other cultural events, and more challenging-but-rewarding projects. These are the things that make me feel energized and engaged with the world around me.
For my part, I guess I just want to be as positive as possible this year. There's so much darkness and crappiness out there, so many things to worry about, and it's so easy to get bogged down in all that. But I don't want to contribute to it, you know? Whenever possible, I'd rather champion the good. This could take a lot of different forms, I guess--donating money to causes I believe in, doing favors for friends, performing random acts of kindness, whatever. Maybe I can't make things better, but maybe I can make them somehow suck less? It's worth a shot.
How about you? What are your hopes/dreams/plans for 2013?