In 2014...

I constantly find myself thinking, I can't believe it's 2014 already.  Where did 2013 go? And don't we all think like that?  As if we are still lingering in some past time.  Are our hearts hanging on to a certain date or memory?  When I think back to my wedding day, I think a part of me is still standing in the holding area, anxiously awaiting the cue to walk down the aisle.  That was such a significant, happy moment for me that I can't believe I'm not still existing in it.  We have so many of those moments in our lives that just hold on to us tightly and make it so hard to move on.

Arriving in Germany has that same effect on me.  Those few days we spent in the hotel have that same magnetic pull constantly drawing me back to that time of transition, and it's hindering my ability to feel settled and at home here.  Part of me doesn't want to let go.
Then, last night as we stood on the balcony and watched the fireworks in the village and experienced a real New Years celebration in Germany, our home, I felt my feet sink in a little.  This isn't our forever home, but it is where we will create memories and grow for the next couple years.
2013 was a major year of change for us, but I have a feeling that it won't compare to what 2014 has in store.  I'm done looking back.  I'm ready to go forward and accomplish great things and make some amazing memories this year.

In 2014...
I plan on finishing my novel.
I hope to become a certified Yoga instructor.
I'm excited to graduate with my Bachelor's degree in May!
I want to make stronger connections with my friends here.
I can't wait to see London with my family in April.
I'm nervous about putting Jude in school for the first time.
I want to try running everyday.
I'm determined to make it back home to see my family and friends.
Getting back to Paris would be nice.

Happy New Year, friends.
What does 2014 have in store for you?


  1. Yoga instructor! Feel like flying all the way here to give me lessons?
    I'm glad you are settling in more =)

  2. Yay yoga instructor! I want to do something like that too. Not sure what yet...but something :)

  3. Yoga instructor?! That'd be awesome!

  4. Ahh, I love this list! Becoming a yoga instructor is on my list of life goals. Seems to be quite an undertaking, but I can't wait to begin classes.

    Looking forward to reading more!

  5. Paris and London! Hopefully in 2015 I'll be able to travel :)

  6. Yoga instructor: YES!! And how is Jude old enough for school?!! How do these things happen so quickly?!!

  7. Awesome goals for the year! I completed my yoga training last August and started teaching in October. It has been such a great learning experience.

  8. I love this post and can totally relate to the feeling you describe at the beginning. I love how you described the "magnetic pull" of certain moments in your life. That just gave me chills!

  9. When I first arrived in Germany, I felt like that too. I've been here for 8 months now and only in the last 3 months has it felt like home. These things take time!

  10. I've been talking about getting a few fitness certifications too! If only Paris was on my 2014 to-do list...

  11. That's an awesome line-up of goals for 2014! Yay you. :-) My goals are to finish book 2 (TRAIL OF CROSSES) and 3 (INTO THE MAIN) in my Lost Colony Series, attend the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans in May, take a road trip through Austria with my former piano instructor who is coming to visit in July, and also complete book 1 (THE MEMORY DOCTOR) in a YA paranormal series that has been dancing around in my head partially written for years. Looking forward to an epic year of writing!


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