Hello 2013!!! If the New Year is here that means that the old year has passed and is gone. There is always excitement and frivolity on December 31st waiting with anticipation for the new year to arrive. Then somehow on January 1st there seems to be a bit of a let down a more somber or should I say Sober feeling. I think on this Day, Day one of sorts is a day that we reflect on the past 365 and see what did we do? What did we learn? How did we grow? What will we do to make it better? Day one, Today…. Today is a good day. Today is a fresh day, a clean slate day, a day of new beginnings.
Goodbye 2012 What did we do, what did we learn, how did we grow, what will we do to make it better. 2012 was not a very good year for us in some ways and in other ways it was a great year! We spent more time in and spent more money in Dr’s offices than I thought would ever be possible. I was poked, prodded, studied medicated, scanned, x-rayed, bones cracked, stretched on a rack, all to same result. They have no idea why my spine is angled incorrectly and why my brain is misfiring electrical currents. Both of these things are causing me extreme and constant pain. I learned that Pain can control your life. Pain can control your loved ones life. Pain is all consuming and it drains you of any joy in your life. Pain will change you. There is no escaping the change that pain will bring you. It’s how you let the pain change you that matters. You can curl up in a ball and give up and give in. That’s easy, that’s seductive, that is what you want to do when the pain hits. But you wont’ do that, no you won’t let the pain win. You want to know why? Because you want the Pain to end. You want to get back to living your life with your loved ones you want the change to be a positive one. So you fight back! Pain fights dirty. It hits below the belt so you have to hit back and hit it harder! It’s not easy, it’s not fun, it’s not seductive, and it certainly is not what your body wants to do. So you push and you push and you push. Then one day you find what works. You find either a cure or a fix. You get a new Dr you try new Therapy you do whatever it takes but you take your life back. Then one day you win and the pain is gone! That is a very good day!
We are not the same people that started 2012. 2012 was a long hard year for all 3 of us. If you knew us in 2011 and didn’t see us in 2012 you won’t know us in 2013. Change. We have grown together as a family, as a marriage, as individuals. We are stronger, yet I think we are also softer. We are wiser, yet we are open to more learning. Our interests hobbies, activities, general attitudes are all different. We are not the same yet we are more ourselves than we have ever been. So 2012 was also one of the Best years we have seen!
2013 Where are we going? Well I tell you one thing we are growing this blog!!! I am in love with blogging and all of you and this my passion and my lifeline! Every free moment I have is dedicated to The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen! I never stop thinking about recipes, photo styling, what I am going to say on a post, props I want to buy. I want to learn and grow and make friends along the way. I have already made so many new connections and great friendships! I honestly think that Blogging is quite possibly the best thing I have ever done! I know not a lot of my non blogging friends and family quite understand but this is the most rewarding and creative outlet that I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of! My goals this year are to grow 20% in readership, 30% on social media and to gain some sponsorship. OK now that I have written that down for all to see I have to achieve those goals! We can do it! You will all help me because you are amazing readers and I am so proud to have you all in my life!
Thank you everyone and Have a Wonderful 2013!!!!