Finishing up the year, marking time, making plans
The year 2012 was truly a landmark for me; though I hadn't set out to start a literary magazine for parents on January 1, I'd accomplished that, and even more awesomely, I'd gotten all my three boys to school successfully. On many occasions, I went a whole six hours without having to worry about any of them a whit. My husband started what will (we hope) be his final deployment overseas. I came up with some crazy ideas and made them happen! I won an honor for my writing! I wrote lots and lots.
When it came to marking the year, though, I felt a little lost. I've made lists and long essay-like wrap-ups in other years; I've made calendars and year-in-review letters to send to friends. But this year I've been feeling overwhelmed with all I have to do (something about this wild 2012 has been: overcommitment exploded); I've felt the regular holiday excitement, even, was more than I could manage. As usual, I had so many ideas I ended up standing in my dining room, spinning around, not knowing where to begin.
Then I saw a post from Mara on Facebook. She was doing interviews with each of her boys; audio interviews, requiring nothing but the voice memo app on her iDevice. She gave me a list of her questions, things like, "What was the best thing about 2012?" and "What are your favorite things?" and "What scares you?" I set about recording immediately.
Their goals for 2013 are mild; win a game, play Minecraft all day. Mine want to be mild (wash the dishes before bed each day so I wake up with a clean kitchen! Make breakfast early!) but end up being huge and intense (run 600 miles! finish a book -- two books! get to 2,000 subscriptions for the magazine!). I need to dial back a bit.
For now, it's enough to mark the year with a memory. What did you do to mark the end of the year? What have you done to make plans for the new year?
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