Welcome 2013 …


Welcome 2013…I’m sure glad you’re here !!!

2012 was rough. For me. And for so many others.

I’ll spare everybody the details of my four months without a car. The varied ways cars bit the dust on me this year. Including the latest breakdown on the freeway–where I rode shotgun and the tow truck driver had to swing by an ATM (with my car loaded up) so I could get him cash, for towing my car to the mechanic. And most especially about riding our vintage Schwinn bicycles.

No need to discuss the ‘new job’ that wasn’t. (It only lasted for about a month…) In the end, I landed my current ‘marketing manager’ job. And several other projects; corporate blogging, writing marketing plans, web content and such things. I’m (finally) very excited about my career, what lies ahead in 2013…

Home Sweet Home…

No idea where my next home will be. I’ve been renting my little white ranch house for 4 years. I’d hoped to buy it, but I’m not yet able to do so. The home’s owner has been patient, but no longer wishes to be a landlord. NEVER wanted to be landlord, really. The little white ranch house’s will be up for sale this week . (Anybody interested in the home can contact me for details.)  I hope the next person/family to live here finds as much peace and happiness as our family has enjoyed these past four years…

As I write this, my future is uncertain–for my children, me and even the dogs.My car is in the shop for the 2nd time in as many weeks. I’m driving a dealership ‘courtesy car’ for a few days. I’ve no idea where the kids and I will be living soon. Or if I can take the dogs. My career has picked up, but that means adding more to my current workload, which is daunting. I’m already a single parent, overloaded with responsibility.

Lastly, I’ll be sitting at my daughter’s high school graduation in a few months. She’ll decide where she’s going to college and be out on her own next fall. So many changes…

Toward the end of 2012, I was stressed. Fearful. Anxious. Often negative.

Which isn’t like me. I usually see the positive. Even when I have to look hard for it. I’ve struggled lately. Which is probably why I haven’t posted many blogs.

Last week, I decided to be positive in January.

That I’ll not be stressed, or tense about the uncertainties facing our little family. That I’ll see change as adventure and welcome it.  A strategy that has worked well for me in the past.

I’ve learned lesson after lesson these past several years. One of my biggest? We have to let go of things to move forward. It’s normal to cling to the past, to the known–even when it isn’t working. Somehow, it feels ‘safe’ to stay in jobs, relationships, homes, etc. Even when we know deep in our gut that it’s time to move on…

Another lesson?  We find what we’re looking for. If we’re looking for chaos, disharmony, misery–we’ll find it. And if we’re looking for peace, love and happiness–we’ll find that, too. While things happen in life that we can’t control, we can control our reactions. And we can certainly choose to be happy. To find what is positive.

It seems I’ll be moving on in almost every area of my life. Again.

And I’ll be doing my best to embrace the changes. Or at least try really, really hard to do so.

I plan to share what inspires me; quotes, photos, stories and funny tidbits through the month of January. Stay tuned, to see how this works out…

I’m breaking out the rose-colored glasses.


About Amy Lauria

Artist. Writer. Single Parent of two college students. Beach Walker. Dog owner who walks outdoors to maintain sanity. Into shiny objects, vacations, glitter, cupcakes, sports, and my beloved sticks, stones and beach glass.
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2 Responses to Welcome 2013 …

  1. Stella says:

    I told you Walter would take care of the car, but we haven’t heard from you in weeks.

    • Amy Lauria says:

      Walter (and you) work too hard to deal with that car. Plus, it is kinda toast. Blew up on the freeway, fluids flooded engine, shards of metal in the motor, etc. Just going through the process of trading it in for another car. Which I didn’t expect to be doing!!! One step forward, several back…

      But I truly appreciate your offer. And be careful what you wish for. I might soon be pitching a tent on your acres of property. Near your lake? You could see more of me than you ever wanted to!!!

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