Kate's Queen City Notes

Blundering through Cincinnati, laughing all the way

“So This Is The New Year”

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“And I don’t feel any different.” Those words adequately express how I feel about closing out 2014 and opening 2015. Most years I would have said that knowing that I failed to make progress on the things that really mattered. But this year these words take on a different meaning. I have spent my time in ways that I aspired to. Now I approach those words looking forward to more of the same in 2015. Thank you Death Cab for Cutie for your words; words morph in their significance as time passes.

I worked my first two photography gigs this year. I brewed my first two batches of beer. I am on the last twenty books of the BBC’s 100 best books list. I forecasted to achieve that goal by 40; I am tucking this one in early before I turn 39.

I started refreshing my web development skills so I can migrate my blog to my own custom site. That probably won’t happen until late in 2015, but I am laying the ground work to make the transition pretty easy. JavaScript’s applications have changed in ways that were difficult to foresee in 1998.

And I’ve been writing. I just missed the deadline to join NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, but I will be ready next year. I can’t explain why I like writing. My experiences aren’t remarkable. And often my perspective isn’t novel. And yet, I like writing. It’s exhilarating when words surge out from the empty space between my ears.

Is this what 40 is about? A clear vision of desires paired with honed execution skills makes a potent cocktail. If this is what my 40’s are ushering in, I will take it.

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