Monday, December 30, 2013

The Journey of 2013

I am not one who looks back too often. I tend to be focused on today, or looking forward. But since 2013 was the first year that I chose a word (JOURNEY) to signify my year, I thought it would be good to look back and see where 2013's Journey has taken me.

Thanks to Susannah Conway's Unravelling the Year Ahead 2014, which began with a section called Unravelling The Year Behind the process was fairly easy. Simple questions to think about and answer.

1. First of all, did I have a word for 2013?
My word was Journey - I knew 2013 would be a Journey to better health, more confidence in my body, and pushing myself to improve my photography. All of these things I feel I accomplished.

2. What did I embrace in 2013?
Strengthening my body. Allowing myself a day a week to devote to my creative work. Meeting and enjoying new friends.

3. What did I let go of in 2013?
Guilt for taking time to work on my creative outlets. Negative friends. The feeling of not being good enough.

4. What did I discover about myself in 2013?
I love exploring. I love abandoned and decaying buildings. I love history. I am returning to a world of writing and story telling.

5. What was I most grateful for in 2013?
A supportive husband who is willing to watch me grow, but who is also willing to step out and try new things with me. I am also grateful for my personal trainer, Maribeth. The relationship we have built this year means the world to me. I am also grateful for some wonderful new friends.

6. When did I practice bravery in 2013?
I committed to a 10 mile, 2000 feet in elevation gain, hike/climb over Siyeh Pass in Glacier National Park. A big hurdle for me, it was hard but I did it.

7. List three achievements that I am most proud of for 2013.

  • The improvement of my photography skills.
  • Sticking with Personal Training for the whole year.
  • My new blog series "Taking the Backroads". 

8. How has my life changed? What have I learned about myself?

  • I have more confidence in my photography skills and feel ready to commit to making an on-line portfolio. I am good enough!
  • I have more confidence in my body and know that I can lift weights and become stronger.
  • I am more confident going places by myself and I am not so afraid to carry my camera into places or stop by the side of the road. I don't feel so self conscious anymore.

Describe 2013 in 3 words:

           JOURNEY                     CONFIDENCE                         JOY


Nancy C said...

Wow -- love these questions but love your answers more. Way to go!

cheryl Crotty said...

Way to go Sarah…you accomplished a lot…2014 will bring you much joy also…at the rate your going…nice to write it out…it becomes more real…Happy New Year.

Lynne said...

Yay Happy Bravo Well Done You Are Woman and are Invincible!
I am one who is thrilled to say, "I have met Sarah in person and she is amazing!"
Happy 2014 Sarah . . . and what will your JOURNEY be . . .

Carol and Joe said...

Thanks for taking us along on your 2013 Journey. I've enjoyed it and look forward to tagging along in 2014. Happy New Year!

Karen Lakis said...

What a nice look back - this has been a wonderful year of growth and adventure - good for you! I'm looking forward to your continued journeys in 2014. Happy new year, Sarah!

Katie said...

you had a wonderful year, sarah! so proud of you!

Viv@Thoughts from the Desktop said...

Brilliant Sarah congratulations. here's to another year of possibilities...

Unknown said...

You have taken us along in so many wonderful journeys. You've opened my eyes to the beauty in decaying old buildings and inspired me to look at the world with different eyes! I'm excited to see where your journeys will lead you in 2014!

Ahayes1225 said...

Just wonderful, so much to look forward to. Happy New Year!

Lynn said...

this was fun, I've copied the questions :-) and all the Best to you and your Family in 2014.

Deanna said...

What a year of accomplishments and a New Year to look forward to. Thanks for sharing your talents with us and look for more in 2014!!

Cathy H. said...

Wonderful accomplishments! You used your time well this past year! I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in 2014! So thankful for our friendship, you always inspire me to do better!