2013 and a Half


Six months ago today, I sat on my couch, where I find myself this afternoon, sharing my musings about the end of the year and the anticipation of the new year to come.  It seems impossible that tomorrow marks the half way point in the now not-so-new-year, but it is.  So, I find myself in a reflective mood, as I review the first six months of 2013 and look forward to the next six months of the year.

On New Year’s Eve, I was not feeling well physically, I was grieving the end of a significant friendship, and I was home alone.  Today, I find myself home alone again, but I am physically well and feeling grateful that my special friend and I have been able to repair our relationship.  In addition to being able to reconnect with my friend, there have been other positive changes during the first half of the year, such as my new position at work, an increased interest in my writing, the ability to resolve the issues that trigger my anxiety and depression, etc.  One of the most significant changes can be seen in how I view the half way mark of 2013, as I see it as six more months of unlimited possibilities and opportunities, rather than bemoaning the fact that every set goal has not been met yet.

Instead of doing my traditional list of new year’s resolutions, following the always sage advice of my friend and mentor, Trude, I created a vision board, which has been a visual guide to help keep me focused on my dreams and goals.  While I find solace and comfort in words, both spoken and written, I have been pleasantly surprised how powerful the images I chose for my first vision board truly are, as they evoke such positive, happy, and hopeful feelings when I gaze at it.  As Trude can attest, when I first created this vision board, I fretted that all of the dreams and goals it depicted could not, or would not, be brought to fruition by the end of this year.  Leave it to me to stress out about my own vision board!  Thankfully, Trude, who is always the voice of reason, reminded me that everything depicted was a possibility, even if they did not all come to fruition exactly as planned and by my self-imposed deadline.  Her words were both true and freeing, and now when I look at it, I don’t see what has not come to pass, I only see what already has become a reality and what is yet to come.

So, while I am looking back today, I am not dwelling in the past, other than to identify the lessons that can help me continue to thrive in the present and in the future.  I may have moments of doubt and experience challenges, but I know with all of my heart that the best is yet to come.  So, happy 2013 1/2, and here’s to making the next six months absolutely extraordinary!

That’s another story . . .


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5 replies

  1. My heavens its hard to believe this year is already half over! I can totally see myself stressing over a vision board 😉 Cheers to an a-may-zing rest of the year and beyond!


  2. Here in Australia the new financial year starts on 01 July so it is an opportunity for ‘new beginnings’.
    It is good because it allows one to spend some time on focussing on new practical beginnings such as budgeting and reducing debt, looking at your career and home etc; whereas the real new year in January is when I have more of the emotional reflections and look towards character-building plans.


    • I like the distinction between the fiscal new year and the calendar new year, and that is a great way to break up goals to make them more manageable. I am sending you lots of positive thoughts and energy for accomplishing all that you are working on this year, Elizabeth!


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