If I had to choose one word to describe 2013 it would be milestone. Blink your eyes and five years of writing about all the ordinary things that will make up a life’s legacy have passed. Time is funny that way, as Gretchen Rubin would say, the days are long but the years are short. It’s a wonderful life here on Stowe Ln with all the things that bread, salt and wine can bring a home. Joy and prosperity are truly reigning over this household and it is quickly becoming that place where more and more of life’s little celebrations are being held so we try never to run out of wine.
The Jersey Girls are happy and healthy and we continue to do our work and thank God each day for the generosity of those who got us here. Life would not have been this wonderful if it weren’t for Shawn Stewart and his kindness and pragmatism. I can still remember asking him; on a scale of 1 – 10 just how bad are the girls, how aggressive. His answer with a smile; a 1 and 1/2. Fine.
As many times as I say I know like I know, this has been the year that I’ve tried to come from that place of “I don’t know what I don’t know”. I’ve shifted my perspective a bit, learned how to be “clenched” and tried some new things. Photo treasure hunts and seminars with cool people like Seth Castile to force my camera back into my hands and consequently my heart. Yes I’ve become a nuisance but the end result is a style, a viewpoint, a continuing illustration of the ordinary. Technical? No. Cool? Sometimes. I’ve begun to capture moments in time as I see them and it’s not like you don’t know how I feel about moments in time.
I’ve had the courage to stop coloring my hair. I’ve gone grey and the end result is so much better than I could have imagined. I have the glintys as I call them. Not quite grey, headed toward salt and pepper and worry free. Hours spent at the salon are a thing of the past and the money saved is a huge bonus. We have abundance here in so many ways. Once you shift your perspective you are no longer looking for abundance in one place, it comes from everywhere and from everyone.
I’ve met some wonderful new old friends this year. We share a common point of view and a love of all things ordinary and special. What a joy to have them in my life. Sadly some people I thought were friends have gone. Either they or I had gotten what was the best of the relationship and moved on. A fact of life I’m afraid, I’ve learned that people will come and go. The important people stay for a very long time and I continue to be grateful for each one of them even if I don’t see them as often as I’d like.
My family and extended family are flourishing. We had many a celebration this year together for little things and big things. I am still reeling from the wedding of my dear Muriel and Martina. I had the honor of capturing their day in photos and selfishly that meant I could be with them through it all. God knows they’ve been with me through it all.
Luckily Muriel was with me to assist our neighbor into rehab through an intervention. Five years later it never occurred to me that I might have to put that hat on again. I’ve been known to say I resent what I know about addiction, but the fact is it might have helped save a life. It does all come back to you, the script, the facilities, the beseeching from the intended. Not easy but I was better at it this time, I was removed from the situation and I let it go after it was over. For the most part anyway, the jury is still out on the successfulness of it. Like Bob Seger says, “wish I didn’t know now, what I didn’t know then.” It was a hard life.
And so it is that making life easier has become a mission. You know, like buying a new sewing machine. It’s cool, it’s light and it does just what I need it to do, I’m not making clothing any more I’m just nipping and tucking. I must say the one feature that I was so smug about, the needle threader broke. I’m not surprised, the reason for it was all wrong. It was just to spite my Aunt Millie who laughed at me a hundred years ago when she handed me a needle to thread for her and I just poked it right through with an eye roll. “I was like you she said”, sent me some karma, and now I’m like her looking for the magnifying glass.
All in all there has been little to bitch about, there was the Aunt Rant and the poopy bag incident, the Match.com fiasco, the cast iron bra epiphany and the crazy colleague who surely would have been the death of me if he hadn’t been reassigned recently. Thank you karma, I certainly will learn to let you take care of things from now on.
I’ve learned that I never really was a “Jersey Girl” even though I was born here, that’s my sister’s department. I’ve learned that I no longer have anything to prove, my only inclination at this point is to add value. I’ve learned that I’m cool, no kidding, it’s true and that what I’m doing with Ordinary Legacy has meaning to some people.
I’m going to summon up my courage again this year and develop an e-course based on Ordinary Legacy, that should be an adventure. Talk about being clenched. And finally I’m going to continue to add to my body of work. Can you imagine? I’ve got a body of work. I know like I know that my wildest dreams aren’t really all that wild anymore and that makes this ordinary woman soar, finally.
I hope you’ll take a look back at this year’s posts and see if they plant a seed for your own extraordinary legacy.
Happy New Year.