Time to wrap up the year and look ahead.
2013 brought more closeness to family, and the challenges that accompany sharing space with other adults. At work, and among family and friends, it has been a topsy turvy year: Travel was down, but house-sitting was up. Very little plane time, but more car and boat time. Little romance, but lots of baby love. Not much hiking, but extra ocean time. Reclaimed the kitchen – more clean and healthy, without completely forgoing the familiar and comfortable and sweet. Had a few disappointments, had several new experiences, visited new places. Family-sized CSA box is good, electric company stalling the solar installation not-so-good. Joyfully uncovered unknown branches of genealogy, only to discover family patterns. And then there’s that new branch of the family that goes back 4 generations that we didn’t know about! Savings down, volunteering up. Homemade baby food, homemade birthday cakes. Lots of time with the keiki, lots of germs from the keiki. Fewer donations, but heightened sense of purpose, greater awareness of my own values.
What’s in store for 2014? Big changes at work will happen almost immediately. We could have a new executive director as soon as this Friday, or not. There’s so much potential for change, but still full of unknowns. I have my own couple of work-related goals, but since I’m not self-employed and there are still unknowns, I’ll keep these resolutions close to my chest…for now.
What else in 2014? For starters, a baby pā‘ina followed by my father’s 79th birthday. Then, I have a practical list of things to strive for this year: plant an edible garden, but be sure to include rosemary and basil. Commit to a cleanse early in the year. Teach the mo‘opunawahine to sew. Renew my license. Spend a weekend with my Maui nephews. Plan for Tahiti in June. Read more, read biography, read to the keiki. Get new hiking boots. Be patient. House-sit more. Continue the genealogy research. Walk that wall that goes through Ka Wai Nui Marsh. Initiate the Curmudgeon Files with my dad. Camp on the beach. Tell my daughter I love her. Finish two articles. Hike the Mānoa ahupua‘a boundary. Somehow teach the little family to use fewer towels. Purge some boxes, divest some furniture, build some shelves. Set goals, share what’s going on, try to forgive myself for all I didn’t accomplish. Write more, starting now.
Lonoikamakahiki! E ho‘omaika‘i i ka Makahiki 2014!