Allow me to say a hearty aloha to 2014 and 2013… don’t let the door hit you on your way out. This has been one rough year. I’m happy to close the door and walk away. 

Before you think I’m so cynical that I forget to count my blessings. 2013 found me off of 2 kidney surgeries. I’m very happy to report I haven’t had another kidney episode this year. So happy! Jack’s eyes were fixed with minimal complications. The kids music skills are taking off. We got to go see Ray’s best friend get married in a whirlwind trip that we won’t soon forget. Birthdays, parties, laughs, giggles, neighbors that become our family when we are so far away and family that comes so far to visit all top the lists of blessings. And yet, I’m worn out physically and emotionally and this year I welcome the fresh start. 

So I’ve decided that 2014 is my year. I’m only going to live in paradise for so long. This is most likely the last full year on this island. I want to soak it up. I’m ready to get back in shape physically, emotionally and mentally. I’m approaching this year with a warrior spirit. I’m going to grab 2014 by the ba … short …I’m going to rush through this year like I own it. I’m going to read more, blog more (I clearly need the therapy.) run more, exercise more and get everything from my house to my head in shape. The thing I’m most excited about doing is soaking up every last bit of aloha this island has to offer. I plan to bleed her dry!

I have been reading a bit more lately but usually it’s to keep up with the tweens teen and the tween and what they are obsessed with at the moment. This week it has been the Divergent series. I’m a sap. I’m not afraid to admit tears rolling down my face as I read the epilogue. At the end of the series, on my favorite characters says, “Yeah, sometimes life really sucks, but you know what I’m holding on for? The moments that don’t suck. The trick is to notice them when they come around.” Then end of the series ends with this…

“Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape damage.

But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”

Maybe I liked this series more than I’m willing to admit in my I just finished the series I can’t believe there is no more stupor. So, this year I’ll choose to look for the moments that don’t suck. 

I won’t make a long list of resolutions for this year. Instead I’m claiming 2014 for me. I can’t wait to see what I do with it. 

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!