SO like every other blogger in the world it is time for the end of the year post. I had to go and revisit last years post and I realized that I continued on my path of a new me. However when it was going too slow I blew everything up…and well that was a story two months ago. And I have been documenting that this whole time. Proof that you can change anything in your life at anytime with a little cash, determination and a few good friends to be backbones.
Yesterday I sat outside Rivertowne on the North Shore on my way to the Steeler game and I took a few moment to revel in the idea that I was having a great day and that it was a reason to move home. Great moments outlined with random acts of beauty. A snowflake, a fire, a skyscraper, a snowball fight, cold beer, and a football game. I now realize that is the basis for the year to come. But first I should reflect to appreciate the future.
2012 was pretty normal in the beginning. I worked, worked and more work. Had some great times and learned some new skills. I guess the real shift happened at GiveCamp. I was told shocking news and moments shifted to memories. I realized everything around me, Marriage and kids, a job not a passion, and even Boston was not me. The real me. I had gotten blurred. The person I was at 20 and what I pictured at 33 was not even the right paths. It was if I had taken a wrong turn and never found my way back. And yes this is what mid-life crisis is based on; however we have established that we have these little 1/3 life crisis…and I think this is my 2/3 one.
Moving back to Pittsburgh had to be the highlight of the year. There was a moment I knew I needed to be here again. It was July 8th and I had just left Pittsburgh after a week of self discovery and renewed love, for people and a city I was so easy to dismiss. After I turned onto 81 headed toward New York; I cried…I cried so hard it hurt to breath. Two weeks later I decided to leave my entire life and start over.
Since I have been back I have done amazing things. I went to Podcamp. I only mention that first because it is my favorite to go to every year, but it was the first thing I did when I moved back. I went to two other events: Creative Mornings and Childrens Museum MAKEnight. I saw two Steelers games, which I never did before. I started at a Sign company as an artist which has been huge for me.
Now on the Horizon.
I sat down today and made a list of my goals for 2013 and I think that is how I can sum up this post. So here is to 2013, raise a glass and toast yourself. I know I am. The year of Amanda:
- Save $6000
- Buy a new car
- Buy my first Apartment
- Get Divorced
- Decide Custody
- Loose the last 40 pounds
- Succeed at my new projects
- Succeed at both jobs
- Start and Finish writing a novel
- LET LOVE HAPPEN
Now these are not Resolutions…I only have one of those:
For 2013 my only resolution is to:
DO YOU. AND MAKE MEMORIES OUT OF EVERY MOMENT.
Happy New Year