I was looking through one of my journals yesterday and noticed that two years ago yesterday I’d started this blog. Two years! I feel like I should be singing, “Happy Birthday, dear Philosophy Without The Degree… Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu!!!” But I will spare you and instead focus on writing this post since I realized almost at the same time that I haven’t written here in quite a while. True, I have been focusing on my travel blog/moving back to Edmonton/starting work again/Christmas… but I do feel a bit bad for neglecting my work here for so long.
Right, so New Years. I tell you, this year has just flown by! And at the same time, it feels like I’m exactly where I started. I suppose in a way I am. I’m working the same job I had before I left for Dublin, and I’m living in the same house also. I find myself having to constantly bring forward the memories of experiences I had in Dublin to my consciousness, as well as actually keep in touch with all the fabulous people I met while on my travels so I can keep sane. Finding myself in the same place for right now, though, doesn’t scare me as much as it should, though. I think because I had an amazing, challenging year, one full of discovery and growth, I am okay to be still for a little bit. But only a little bit. I can actually feel myself itching a teeny bit for some movement, but that’ll come soon enough since I’ve decided I’m moving to the city! It’s going to be hard, I know, since I’m basically broke, but I am ready for the challenge. I’m almost positive I’m going back to school in the fall, so that’s another upcoming change in the near future. You can actually read all about that decision (and really, my whole year) on my travel blog, if you’re at all curious.
And what am I hoping for? Well, good health for my family, friends, and myself, and more experiences to help me grow into a better person. I look back at my life in Dublin and I see a woman who’s brave and ready to try new things. I hope to be that woman here too, to share what I’ve learned and the gifts I’ve received from the good Lord. Also, lots of walks and picnics; I miss St. Stephen’s Green so much! Oh, and some grand live music in a pub that will become my regular, though O’Neill’s will never be forgotten. Some art to keep my creative edge sharpened, whether that be theatre, music, or writing. And a chance to do some good for others, somehow. That’s what I hope 2014 will bring.
And on that note, I put 2013 to rest and face 2014, metaphorical sword by my side, ready to conquer any challenges that may come my way. I hope you do the same.
May God bless you with a magnificent 2014!