At the end of each year I like to spend a little time reflecting on the moments of the previous twelve months and documenting them so someday when I’m old and can’t remember all the great times I enjoyed I can pull up my blog and take a walk down memory lane. I also find the holiday season and all its focus on the New Year and resolutions can easily lead one to beat up on themselves for all the things you aren’t doing well enough in their life. I like to shift my thinking to all the good things I have to be thankful for.
Here are some of my memorable moments from 2013.
My Dad’s 60th birthday party! He’s making me feel old. It was so great to see my family back in Nova Scotia. My sister drove across the country with her two girls to share in the celebrations. We had a great time! As much as I love my California life I sure do wish my family was closer.
A new man entered my life in 2013 and I totally fell in love with him. I’ve always wanted to foster dogs and help them find forever homes. In the past I was traveling so much for work and living on my own so it just didn’t make sense. This year, with a little arm twisting, Dustin agreed we would give fostering a try. I reached out to a local rescue and we ended up with Charlie. He entered our home and was the perfect gentleman. He was shy and reserved and it took a while for him to get comfortable. He just looked at me with those dark eyes and I knew I wanted to give him a forever home. He’s learned how to trust us and even how to snuggle. I can’t express the joy this little dog brings me.
On a business note I led the rebranding of Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate to Carrington Real Estate Services. Between my days in Canada when we moved over 50 Realty World offices to Royal LePage, the launch of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate several years ago, the rebranding of the first few dozens companies that joined that brand and now this latest project I’ve learned a lot about change and brand management. My advice to anyone who is ever involved in a transition of a group of people from one set of knowns to a new set of circumstance is plan for every detail. Think and rethink your to-do lists, have backup plans in place and call me! There isn’t a checklist, problem or unexpected glitch I haven’t dealt with at this point!
I did a lot of running this year. I think the count was three half marathons and two 10 k’s. All those miles paid off when I set a personal record on my birthday for a 10 k. It was a cold and rainy Saturday in Santa Monica (which almost never happens). I thought I’m just gonna run and not worry about time. By mile 4, I was soaked and cold. The good news was my pace was great! So I rolled into the finish line in 56 minutes. That’s an average pace of about 9 minute miles over 6.2 miles, which is very exciting for me. It was a good way to start a birthday. I might be getting older but I’m getting faster and stronger… look out world!
To end the year off Dustin planned a surprise grown up adventure for us! We jumped on a plane to Vegas for the weekend and he had tickets to the Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert for us. It was magical. Seeing them has been on my wish list for a while and they didn’t disappoint. The music, the company and the gesture will forever remain a great memory for me. Thanks D.!
So, all in all, 2013 was pretty good to me. Now I’m all set for 2014 and ready to make more great memories.