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Shaking things up in 2014

It’s a new year, with a blank slate. How will you fill yours?

I don’t bother much with resolutions anymore — they never end well for me. But striving for a fresh mindset seems to work — at least until the chaos really hits the fan.

Living outside my comfort zone, as I have been doing in nearly all arenas of my life these past few years, keeps me on my toes.

It’s a big change for this former mouse. Reading about some of my adventures, you might be surprised to learn I was once accurately described as a doormat. No more.

Sure, life outside the comfort zone can be scary as hell. I often make colossal mistakes or play the fool, but taking a chance, trying something new, questioning the status quo offer wonderful experiences and connections … and life lessons not learned any other way.

Of course the key is to keep one’s sense of humor, which fortunately Basil and I have in spades.

Even when things go badly (and trust me, they often do), I find myself somehow better for putting myself out there, as we used to say.

So for 2014, I will keep it fresh by sticking with my now tried-and-true formula.

I will take deep breaths and step through the doors that open for me.

View from inside Innis Arden Cottage, Tod's Point.

View from inside Innis Arden Cottage, Tod’s Point.

Perhaps I will wear a sombrero.

Basil, at our New Year's Eve dinner with our friends, The Ritchies, at a Mexican restaurant last night. The four kids liked Mr. Basil's look nearly as much as the grownups did.

Basil, at our New Year’s Eve dinner with our friends, The Ritchies, at a Mexican restaurant last night. The four kids liked Mr. Basil’s look nearly as much as the grownups did.

But every day, I will aim to live out loud.

I hope you will, too.

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About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.

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2 thoughts on “Shaking things up in 2014

  1. Happy New Year Terri! I love the 2nd last line in this post “But every day, I will aim to live out loud”:) To live silently would be a tragedy & truly a waste! Here’s to all that lays ahead in 2014 & beyond:)

    Posted by Lynn | January 1, 2014, 10:05 am

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