Last year I decided that 2012 had been a ridiculous year.
Beyond ridiculous though, in 2013 I learned how much grief affects life
as I said goodbye to three loved ones I miss dearly:
But the thing about grief is that I realized it allows joy to come in the morning. I learned to let go of stress (seeing as how we moved 2 TIMES this year) and to cherish the moments and little things:
I also ventured into new things by becoming active in Team Red, White, and Blue with the hubster and furthering my yoga journey.
I even… started a future business and new blog:
2013 was also, as always, a year of books.
- I read 81 books total (11 more than last year!)
- finished three series I didn’t want to end
- read way more middle grade than I thought I could
- discovered a new favorite MG book
- spent the summer abound in contemporary YA
- fueled my love of fantasy
- celebrated one year of blogging
- read a whole lot of books about grief
- started writing my own novel
- a became a photoshop guru (sort of)
- I start my student teaching January 27th in a junior high English Language Arts classroom and I am beyond excited.
- If all works out, I’ll be a licensed secondary teacher in a few months.
- And then hopefully–by fall I’ll have some sort of REAL job!
- I’m moving forward with my yoga teacher certification with a few scheduled weekends of training.
- I might *might* just start this new business.
- I’ve got a stack of new books to read and I’m super excited about every single one of them.
- I’m also planning to re-read a few favorite books and let them inspire me as I try to keep writing my own novel.
- I’m revamping the blog with some new features (come back tomorrow!!)
- And most importantly, I’m loving my family and every single day of life more than I ever thought possible.
Thank you readers and friends for coming back to The Hopeful Heroine over and over again. I really do love talking about books with you and recommending what I think are fabulous reads.
Let’s make this year about the power of story–let books inspire us and our own stories move us.
Here’s to a new year!