Saturday, January 4, 2014

Looking back and looking forward (Tim Gunn style)

How far into 2014 do you have to be before it becomes totally passé to do a year-in-review post? I tend to think that as long as it's within the first week of January, you are grandfathered in. Because 2012 ended with such a sense of loss and confusion, 2013 was completely bizarre and a totally learning experience.

As most of you know when the ball dropped on 2012, I was still grieving the loss of the following: my dad, my job, insurance coverage (all in the same month). [Tangent: If I was without the latter 2 elements, but had dad - I would not be as completely stagnant. Dad had a way of lighting a fire under my ass and nagging me and solving my problems for me when I had totally run the course of options available. ] it was a lot to handle at once, and if I said I handled it like a champ and was cool as a cuc the whole time, my pants would be aflame from the lies. However, circumstances have forced me to adopt Tim Gunn as my personal bespectacled sensei in that I've had to "make it work". [Tangent: The other day I read the fab New Year's blog of Mary Evelyn of  What Do You Do, Dear? where she shared her tradition of coming up with a new mantra every year. I loved this concept of a personal motto so much, that I am stealing it.]
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This year is the first time I've had the clarity and time to consider what makes me happy and how I want to spend my time on this planet. I became a gypsy. I sold belongings and bought and resold for months on eBay and Poshmark. [Tangent: This was  the most addictively fun thing I've ever done. I mean when you get $63 for a Trapper Keeper, it's hard not to catch the resale bug.] put myself out there as a writer. I applied for TONS of jobs, some I'm not even sure I wanted... Some of which I really wanted but they didn't want me. [Tangent: One which I got and worked for 3 weeks before realizing I wasn't the girl for the job...I quit without a backup plan, and shockingly felt completely free instead of scared.] I actually started using the crates of art supplies that were getting dusty in the corner. I've gone to group therapy for grief. I've had the time to travel to both coasts and beyond, and been healthier than I have in years as well as see so many of those close to me welcome new babies or new significant others. [Tangent: Seriously, 2013 was the year of the baby boom! ]
 
Through to September, I felt like I was on a tightrope, but now I feel like I'm on a balance beam. I feel surprisingly more stable. I feel like maybe time and focus is what I lacked to get my blog on track and remember how the creative side of my brain even worked. People I never dreamed would give a damn about this thing some are actually into it and don't consider it a total waste of time. [Tangent: The fact that people send me products and actually want my opinions is crazy.]

The new year brings with it a lot of possibility and that excites me to bits. Already in these first 4 days of 2014, I have hired someone to revamp the look of my little Kimmie logo atop this blog and have been asked to join a team of misfits as a contributing blogger (specializing in pop-culture) several times a month.  [Tangent: More details on that later.] I also have started actually revisiting my essays that I started years ago and looking ahead to some future artistic endeavors. Am I being vague enough? Good.

So if "Make it Work" was my motto of 2013, I look to Tim Gunn again for words of wisdom for 2014. I believe 2014 will be the year to "Carry on."


It seems only fitting.  And, while we are at it, here is some other sage advice from my flamboyant life coach and spirit animal. It is fairly timeless.

 Cheers, ya'll. Here's to a good year. 

17 comments:

  1. You ARE being vague! Can't wait for you to spill the details.

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    1. Oh It's coming in the next week or so...let me find out exactly what I will be doing...and then it is on!

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  2. We <3 you, Kimmie! 2013 was definitely a rough year for many of us. Let's rock 2014. And in the words of Tinkerbell, "I believe in you, Peter Pan!"

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    1. I'm so glad you do! It's good to have ya'll in my corner!

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  3. There's a hymn we sing at church a lot that keeps repeating the phrase "carry on." My best friend and I can't sing it without racing to be the first to whisper, "Carrion is a dead animal."

    And, yes, that's all the depth I have to add to your reflective end-of-year post. Sorry. :)

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  4. It's been a true pleasure getting to know and hang out with you in 2013. I hope this year gives us the opportunity to get together more often. Oh, and sorry about what I did to your boyfriend's crotch (that should get the comments flowing! )

    Alicia

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  5. here's to 2014! my goal for the year is so hang out with you more! lets get the trivia team back together! or at least play a few more rounds of heart throb!

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    1. YES! GAME NIGHT!!!! Let's do that again soon! I wanna play the game of things again...and heartthrob

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  6. i love this post and i love you! i'm so happy i met you and have gotten to know you in 2013. if we are being honest, 2013 was pretty rough in the end for me, so perhaps if my 2013 felt like your 2012 then this will be my year of balance?!

    WAS THAT VAGUE ENOUGH FOR YOUUU??

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    1. I know! I am so glad the little Nashville blogger group has brought me in touch with so many sassafrass soulmates such as yourself. For real, I feel like a goal for 2014 should be that we both hang out more and fight the inclination to hermit out 100%.

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  7. I love you so much, and hope 2014 puts more Jonesie back in my life!

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    1. You're moving back here!!! So it's gonna!!!

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  8. I am thrilled that you are getting to plan stuff out and that things are moving for you, Kimmie! You've got such a great sense of positivity and confidence, I know you will do just fine ;) Happy New Year!

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  9. Love, love, love you, lady. This is gonna be an awesome year.

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  10. Can our resolution be to make mixed drinks with Sonic beverages as a base? We didn't get around to it in 2012, and I feel remiss.

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