Picture a snow globe, all shaken up. The specks of snow whirling around, really quite fun to watch. But then it settles and while you know it will all end up on the bottom, you aren’t able to control the exact placement of every piece.
My life in 2013 was much like that.
Well, some things are still settling, but my biggest area of growth this year was in finally accepting that my world will be shaken over and over again, sometimes just a little, but sometimes with a lot of intensity; sometimes by my doing, sometimes just by chance. And it’s beautiful and exciting and worthwhile. This year was a big shake, lots of movement, lots of change, and lots of pieces that I needed to find their place. Nearing the end of 2013, this girl is very pleased to look back and recount the accomplishments.
No matter how many times you move in life, you’ll always remember the first time you moved away from home and experienced many of those exciting – uneasy – firsts. I was born and raised in the same Connecticut town for 26 years, and in 2013 I took a significant step outside my comfort zone and moved to Massachusetts. I’m so glad I did. To be able to establish my roots in a completely new place was and still is exhilarating.
Likewise, leaving the journalism industry felt like a stab to the heart at first. The only career I ever had was as a writer/editor, and my aspirations were to make a name for myself in NYC’s magazine industry. At first I wondered if I had made a mistake when I accepted a job outside of the industry upon moving to Massachusetts. My biggest fear was settling on ungratifying work just to have a job here in Massachusetts. To my surprise, I love – yes, love – my job, more than I ever thought I would. I believe my feeling fulfilled is because I’m using some of the same skills that I enjoyed in my last career, but I’m challenged every day in new ways. I’m so glad I took a risk.
Besides, things have a way of working out. I may have put aside my paying job as a writer/editor, but launching Positively Smitten with Crystal keeps my hands involved in these activities, in my passion. Oh yea, and it’s a dream of mine to be doing this, so…dreams come true! I’m grateful that my path crossed with Crystal’s, someone whose ideas about being positively smitten with all aspects of being young women, and putting it out there to inspire others, aligned so well with mine.
Lastly, among my big accomplishments was being my cousin’s maid of honor. It’s a high form of flattery to stand next to someone you care about on her wedding day. You realize the depth of your friendship when she asks you to play this important role. It made me think a lot about my friendships this year, and as a result I’ve been consciously putting energy into the meaningful ones and working hard at opening myself up to new ones.