New Year's Eve last year was a disaster. I spent the first hours of 2014 in tears. I had just lost my Grandma Rose. Drinking, dancing, and partying seemed stupid. Then, NOT drinking, dancing, and partying because I was sad seemed stupid. As a result, I stayed on the couch and wallowed.
From that day, I've repeatedly called 2014 "a bad year." I went to the ER. So did my husband. I smashed our new car. My husband lost his job. These things caused more frustration and tears than I realized could fit in 12 months.
The Grandmother I lost a year ago was not a negative person. Every holiday, she gushed about how happy she was just to be near family. When I think of her, and really reflect on 2014, I can't ignore the beautiful parts.
For one, I got married this year. It's a cliche, but my wedding was the best day of my life. I gained the perfect partner. We were surrounded by people who love us, all saying, "We love you, too. We approve of this union." ...and then we ate, drank, danced, and took many pretty photos. YES.
My husband found a new job. I went camping for the first time. I still work at the largest science museum in the Western hemisphere.
Geek Girl Chicago had its best year yet. As GGC, I participated in a record amount of podcasts, panels, and stage shows. I can't name them all offhand, but just to shout out a few: WHO37, The Planetary Defense Force, Caffeinated Comics- I LOVE YOU. The Blue Box Cafe, Nakama Toys, NWI Comic Con, and The Geek Show all let me be a part of their premieres. Daenerys Targaryen made another appearance with Lakeshore Beverage. Our Fair City made me its Community Manager. Windycon let me be a Guest of Honor. I dressed as my childhood idol, Dana Scully. You guys, I SAW A CAT CIRCUS.
With a list like that, it's hard to remember the year's pitfalls at all.
My 2014 New Year's resolution was a roaring success. I vowed to dress more like the creative, interesting, adult woman that I imagined, instead of the jeans-and-t-shirt bum I often was. At first, I thought the idea was petty. Turns out, dressing up really builds my self-worth! Thanks to new clothes, I feel way more "myself" than in any previous year. The confidence is infinitely more valuable than money. ...Though I will tone down the luxury purchasing in 2014. ;)
I have two resolutions for 2015. One is geeky, one is not:
1. I will always take the stairs at work. My workplace has 5+ floors over many, many acres. I take the stairs about 50% of the time. In 2015, I'm swearing off the escalator!
2. I will repair/revamp one OLD cosplay for each new one I start to build. I have a staggering amount of costumes in my closet that I can't wear, due to small repair issues. Catherine needs new stockings. Daenerys needs a new belt. Rogue needs a hole mended and some new pouches. I keep making new projects, and ignoring these perfectly lovely pieces that require minor TLC. I will FIX MY BABIES!!
So, there you have it. I'm ready to welcome 2015 with a PARTY. Grandma Rose would want it that way- especially given the intensity of 2014. This roller coaster of a year is finally coming to a stop. We all deserve to celebrate the ups, the downs, and the fact that we all did it together.
Way to go, geeks- you kicked 2014's ass.
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