There were some challenges…. a shaky start to the year with my Dad being seriously ill - he recovered, we moved on. A family gathering during which a relatively small incident threatened the future of important relationships - we talked, we moved on. A new job that in theory appeared to be a ‘great fit ‘ for me brought the realisation that sometimes the things that 'should' ‘fit’ don’t always suit us as much as we may think they will. Inconclusive medical investigations brought relief mixed with frustration, leaving behind unresolved health niggles. The addressing of our work-life balance: a reduction in working commitments, later brought the reluctant acknowledgement that sometimes less stress can be accompanied by less fulfilment. Feelings of sadness at the drifting of previously close friendships.
I wonder what 2014 has in store for us? I want to believe that I will grab hold of it and shake every last drop of experience it offers. But for now, nursing the aftermath of the inevitable Christmas cold, I sit cradling a cup of tea, hibernating from the New Year’s Day wind and rain – reflective in thought and grateful for the warmth of the fire and for the company of my family who keep me smiling even when times feel tough.