Looking Back At 2013

Looking Back At 2013

Goodbye 2013. I have never been one to make New Year's resolutions and ended 2012 with a post about things I wouldn't do in the new year.

Mission accomplished. Looking back, 2013 was a good year filled with health and happiness for me and my family.

Among the highlights:

- We managed to take a wonderful cross country vacation free of food poisoning, mysterious rashes or eye infections.

- I managed a number of fun experiences with my kids getting out and about in Chicagoland.

- I found new ways to connect with my teenagers in the world of Instagram, texting and Facebook.

- I took time to enjoy good times with old friends. I am fortunate to remain close with a number of my grade school friends, prompting me often to look at my own children, their running buddies and wonder if they will also develop life long friendships.

- I managed to take care of myself with plenty of exercise, reading and writing. Happy Dad makes for happy husband and father.

As for 2014? Instead of resolutions I have a few "wishes:"

- A wish for an end to conflict both here and abroad.

- A wish for an end to the senseless violence that plagues our communities.

- A wish for every child to have someone believe in them and their dreams.

So let's turn the page. As I remind my teenagers every day is a gift; an opportunity to do things differently than the day before. Happy New Year to you and yours.

What are your hopes for the new year as you look back on 2013? Thank you for reading. I would enjoy hearing from you in the comments section and would love it if you like us on Facebook.

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