Anne here. When I realized it was my turn to blog on New Year's Eve, I recalled that I'd blogged on New Year's Eve three years ago, in 2009-10. I did a quick search to check on what I'd said back then, because I didn't want to repeat myself. Instead I surprised myself. My 2009 post reflected on what had changed during the previous ten years, and rereading it, I am still surprised by how much our world has changed in such a short time. It's here if you want to read it. Scroll down for the part about the last ten years —there's a heading.
2013 has been a bit of a year of transition for me, difficult in some ways, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My plan for 2014 is to simplify my life, and to that end I've been tackling the clutter in my house — I'm even shedding books! I'm also stepping down from some other commitments, for instance from a Board of Management I've been part of for fifteen years. The plan is be open to new opportunities.
So that's it for me. I'm planning a very simple New Year's Eve celebration too — just fish and chips on the waterfront, and watching the fireworks, though I'm not in Sydney where they have the most spectacular fireworks — you can't beat the harbour bridge and the stunning harbour setting, but I love fireworks of any kind.
How do you plan to see the New Year in? What has 2013 been like for you? And do you have any special hopes or plans for 2014?
Happy New Year!