Happy New Year!

I have recently come to terms with the fact that I’m not much of a blogger. However, with the turn of another year, I find myself compelled to review my year in the form of a blog post.

I set out on my 2013 journey in hopes of either finding a job or improving my career direction. I started getting paid for my volunteer work, then received a raise months later. A few months after that, I took on a new roll that provided more training and experience as well as better pay. This alone marks my year as a complete success … HOWEVER, it didn’t end there. In addition to financial improvements, I found my direction. I discovered what I enjoy in life.

It’s true: I like writing, drawing, and being generally crafty. What really inspires me, though, is figuring out problems with programs or websites. Logic. I can see the way data can and should be organized to maximize the efficiency of collecting, storing, and ultimately reporting or reviewing. It may be boring to everyone else, but I’m positively tickled pink by it all. I tend to geek out … a lot.

Yes, it was a great year for self-discovery and career direction.

2013 was a year of gratitude. So many opportunities came to us. Even when trials came our way, I’m so proud of the strength we had to endure them. Each trial brought a deeper and more profound sense of gratitude.

As this year comes to a close, I think of all we’ve been through and all we’ve accomplished. I’m filled with awe and appreciation. My hope for the coming year is clean up what we’ve been working on and make a tighter performance. 2011 was the year for mental health and improvement. 2012 was the year for physical health. 2013 was the year of financial and career improvement. 2014 will be the year of cleaning, organizing, clearing out, decluttering, and straightening up!

Published by Val Smith

Artist, writer, dreamer.

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