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A Look Back; a Look Ahead

Happy New Year! 2013 flew by fast, didn’t it? Here’s recap of some of my “favorites” for 2013, and how I’m looking forward to 2014.

Favorite blogging moment: I submitted my blog post about the loss of my mom and grandma for consideration for the BlogHer 2013 Voices of the Year on a whim. I was completely and totally shocked when it was chosen! I still feel very honored the be a BlogHer VOTY.

The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin
Click the photo to read my Voice of the Year blog post.

Blogging in 2014: First, a little history. Jen from Sprite’s Keeper started giving writing prompts for The Spin Cycle back when all blog hops were called memes and when links were entered manually into blog posts. It’s the place where I met many wonderful bloggers who are awesome writers. Unfortunately, many of them don’t blog any more.  Jen, who had been blogging every day, decided she needed a break and passed The Spin Cycle on to Gretchen from Second Blooming. Gretchen has been doing an awesome job of keeping The Spin Cycle going! Recently, I’ve noticed that many blog hops have grown by being hosted by more than one blogger. In 2013, Gretchen and I teamed up to bring you The Spin Cycle. I hope that together we can continue to provide you with writing prompts and help the Spin Cycle grow! If you’re blogger, we’d love you to join us each week! (Click here for more Spin Cycle details!)

Best realization: I actually am a writer, and I was published in two books this year! I’m hoping that I will be able to contribute to more books in 2014.

Best Breast Cancer Moment: I know, this just sounds weird. Bear with me for a minute! At the beginning of December, I had a video call with a researcher in the United Kingdom. I was contributing to her research on breastfeeding after breast cancer. Helping young breast cancer patients is one of the reasons I started this blog, and being part of a research project makes me feel even more helpful. It’s such important research; I definitely could have benefited from more information when I was trying to breastfeed my children. Jan, the researcher and a midwife, is having trouble finding participants. If you know anyone who was diagnosed with breast cancer and then went on to have children, please let me know!

Breast Cancer research contributions in the future: I’m already planning over two years into the future for this one! In 2016, it will be 20 years since I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I really want to walk in the 2016 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara, if the walk still exists. I’ve walked it in Chicago twice, and it is an amazing, AH-MAZING experience. I also want to put together a team to walk with me, including my sisters and cousins. We would make an amazing team!

Now for some less heavy, more frivolous favorites!

Favorite song: I can’t get enough of Counting Stars by OneRepublic.

Least favorite song: I can’t stand listening to We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus. The video is even ickier.

Favorite movie in the theater: This one is easy, since we don’t go out to the movies very often. And of course, it’s a kid’s movie. I think Lily and Emmy would agree that Frozen is the best movie of the year. That we saw. In the theater. The only movie we saw in the theater!

Movie to see in 2014: I really want to see the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. Of course, it’s too violent for the kids and my husband has no interest in seeing it. Maybe I’ll go by myself!

Favorite movie on DVD: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m a huge scifi/fantasy fan, but my husband is not. So I borrowed these DVDs from my brother and watched them over a couple of weeks when I was doing laundry. Those were the only two weeks of the year that I actually folded and put away the laundry in a decent amount of time!

Most disappointing movie on DVD: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I loved the book as a child, and this movie was not a movie for children. The dwarves were too intense and the goblins were too scary. I still want to see the next Hobbit movies, but I will always love the book more.

Favorite book: This is a hard one; I read so many good books this year! My favorite was Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Most surprising book: Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. I didn’t have high expectations when I read this book; I actually thought I wouldn’t like it. But to my surprise, I loved it!

Most disappointing book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson. I know, I’m that last person to read it. I really enjoyed the writing, but there was a little too much “ick” in it for me, with the relationship between the main characters and the violent ending. Normally I’m not squeamish, but just…ick!

Book to Read in 2014: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. Everyone I know has been raving about this book!

What are some of your favorites from 2013? Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2014?

 

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What’s Your Resolution?

I have been so honored and blessed to be part of the book The Mother of All Meltdowns. Being part of an anthology with a group of women who are such awesome writers has definitely been a highlight of my year! Some of us recorded our New Year Resolutions, and Jennifer from Another Jennifer was so kind and put our videos together into a video anthology of resolutions. Since many of us haven’t met in person, it was fun to see each other in this video. My favorite resolution is from Rachel. It may have made me tear up just a little…keep watching to the end to see her resolution.

Have you made any resolutions for 2014?

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Love/Hate Resolution Relationship

hate One of the reasons I don’t like resolutions is that they just don’t happen. I resolve to lose 20 pounds and they just don’t come off. Eat healthier? That doesn’t stop me from having a late night bowl of ice cream. Write more! Who can find the time? I certainly can’t. Life just keeps getting busier and busier.

I used to be the one who would sign up for step aerobics and attend class faithfully. (Yes, this was years ago. No one knew what Zumba was back then.) The classes would be busting at the seams in January. I would have to squeeze into the back corner of the room and if I was really unlucky, there wouldn’t be any steps left. I would have to do the routine on the floor, which was good, but not good enough. I couldn’t wait for all those New Year resolution-ers to give up.

Slowly, they filtered away, and by March, our class was the steady group of faithful attendees, and there was plenty of room (and aerobic steps) for everyone.

I haven’t been the faithful exercise class attendee for years.

And that’s why I

I lovelove New Year Resolutions. Every January, we have a chance to start over. To start again, make some goals for ourselves, and try to accomplish them. To revive old resolutions that we once accomplished and want to try again. To “keep on keeping on.” (Bonus points if you know which 2012 best seller that quote is from!)

I just love fresh beginnings. Don’t you?

Walking
I resolve to EXERCISE MORE!

Mama’s Losin’ It

I’m writing about 4.) Resolutions. Love’em? Hate’em? Tell us why. Make one? Talk about your resolutions or goals for 2013 for Writer’s Workshop today. Gretchen over at Second Blooming prefers the term “missions.” Stop by again tomorrow to read my Spin Cycle post on 5 missions for 2013!

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