The End of 2013

Good-bye 2013!

It was not the best, or worst, year for me.

In fact, it was (overall) a decent year.

OK, so there were a couple really shitty aspects to it – but that’s just life.

There are always big challenges in every year, right?

During the last 12 months my photography career has moved forward with amazing momentum.

I’ve been involved in photography projects and adventures I could never have hoped for after the car accident.


Speaking of the accident …

I can move my arm more now than I’ve ever been able to since The Big Car Crash.

Yes, I still have pain flare-ups that can knock me on my ass … but, there are fewer of them.

(And with the exception of The Flare Up From Hell after Thanksgiving, most of the time they’re shorter in duration.)

I’m not going to lie, life looks pretty bleak when I’m caught in the clutches of a bad pain episode.

But …?

When I think how far I’ve come in the last 12 months, I feel optimistic about where I’ll be in another 12 months.

My progress might be happening slowly, but there’s no denying it’s happening.

Thank you Paul Newman – I love you SO much!  You get ALL the credit. 

(Except for the teeny-tiny bit I get for not giving up except for that one time!)

A year ago I made a resolution to hire a “trainer” and begin the process of getting back into shape.

I did, in fact, hire a trainer.

I’m definitely stronger and (in many ways) in better shape than I was a year ago.

Am I anywhere near where I want to be?


But, I knew (just like with my arm) it would be a long journey.

(2013 was the year of Surgery #9 and a lot of travel – not the ideal situation.)

I’m very happy I’ve stuck with my workouts.

I know I’ll make more progress this next year.

I think my approach has been a realistic one ….

Stick with the brutal workouts even when I’d rather not,

Be happy with slow and very gradual progress,

And above all –

Do not give up.

I think all of 2013 had a similar theme for me.

It was a year of moving forward.

For the most part, moving forward did not happen in leaps and bounds –

But, with slow, gradual, and persistent progress.

I’m not unhappy with 2013, but I am done with it.

I’m looking forward to a new year.

How about you?

Are you glad to put 2013 behind you?

Are you looking forward to 2014?

6 Responses to “The End of 2013”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    I agree. It was a year of continued transitions, which have their ups and downs, but I feel overall there were more ups, My year began with the death of my beloved Dexter, but his loss brought me Jake, whom I just adore. I’m much happier at my new work location as well, so even small adjustments can make a huge difference in overall happiness. Ok, that’s my two cent contribution! Have a Happy New Year Suzanne!

    • Suzanne

      I agree – small changes can make big differences in time.
      Happy New Year Missy!

  2. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I was SO glad to see this post, and tenor of it. Moving forward, making progress, less pain, more photography. It makes me so happy for you!

    As for me, 2013 was a year of almost unceasing stress, and with one exception (yay for job transitions!), very little of it was positive. I cannot tell you how glad I am to see the end of this year. 2014 is looking much brighter, though – there are all sorts of indications that next year is going to be all sorts of better.

    Thank goodness.

    • Suzanne

      I’m sorry 2013 was such a hard year for you.
      I’m sure that means 2014 will be a LOT better!
      Happy 2014 Jan!

  3. Julie in Michigan

    Happy New Year Suzanne! Here’s to pretty bra’s too!!


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