Looking Back...

2013 was—well, it still is, but you what I mean—a momentous year for me: my little brother traveled to the Summerlands, I said “Enough!” to someone who played me (and others) for way too long, I published AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories (and plan to publish Thorn in Red in a few days), I made three great friends, I got engaged to the Piano Man with the sexy legs and even sexier heart… 

But I didn’t finish a task that holds a lot of importance for me. In fact, I barely started it. I wanted reread my entire blog. When I shared this desire with you, several times in 2012, I said that I was planning to redo tags and edit my old posts a bit. But there is much more to it than that… It would be nice to fix lurking typos and have clear categories (particularly now that the Blogger search box refuses to work for me), but what I really want is to go back and say hello to the witchy writer woman who started blogging in 2009.

I want to watch myself evolve through the posts—I’ve grown quite a bit, my Wicked Luvs, and I wish to see when and where the changes started. My writing voice has claimed itself, I react to life’s issues in different ways, my worldview has become more fluid (maybe I’m getting older, wiser and sexier?), I developed a considerable amount of patience, I understand my witchy heart much better; my beauty, my intelligence, my hotness and my ginormous modesty still know no boundaries… *grin, my Luvs; I mean it, grin, it feels so freaking good*   

So for this coming year, I predict a lot of self-assessment; perhaps some laughter, too. I’ve noticed that when I look back, I have to laugh at some of the ridiculous things I did. But what can I say? They did seem hugely important and brilliant when they happened, didn’t they? I hope you are here for the exploration. It would be grand if you decided to embark in a bit of self-probing *tee-hee* yourself. We could make it into a party! Guess we’ll see…

What—if anything—are you carrying over to 2014, my Wicked Luvs?

I really love this picture.
I like how my left foot is a blur, but some of its toenails are still clear.
I live for little miracles… ;-)

42 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I am carrying with me into 2014 the same draining holding pattern for both my relationship and my livelihood that dominated 2013. The growing sense of "enough is enough" is reaching unsustainable size, and things like closing shop, moving country or robbing a bank are all entering my mind.

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    1. I was about to say "Don't feel too bad because..." but that's stupid. You have reasons to feel bad. Yet, I can say don't feel alone. I carried the same nonsense for so many years that it is almost embarrassing. I tell myself that it needed to happen in order for me to get where I am now; to be who I am today. And then I laugh--even cackle insanely at times--because some of the things were really stupid.

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    2. As someone who had to reach critical mass in order to make a life saving change, I understand! Walking away and cutting a tie often flies in the face of who we are (hard worker, doesn't give up, tried to do the "right"thing). Sometimes, not all the time, that very scary and "wrong" thing is the right one. Sending prayers your way.

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  2. I agree w/you two.. Its hard not to carry over each year.. but I think it lessens doesn't it? at least for me.. Each year I get a different perspective... One can forgive but not forget and I think that is how the carrying over seems to work... If we don't look at things differently then we are stuck.

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    1. I think it lessens, too. The important thing is to embrace the lessons from the prior year and use their strength to continue moving forward. Stuck is just not cute!

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  3. Oh I understand..."holding patterns"...beware....they drain dreams! I am honoured to have met up with women "I would like to be!" this year. Next year, I will limit my shape shifting, and need to please, for my own final chapter of adventures!! Guilt is getting blurry, my need for " who the hell am I anyway? " is winning momentume.
    I look forward to watching you soar! Miss Beauty! Thank you for sparking this old thrill seeker with exotic tales of triumph!
    xoxoxoDebi

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    1. The pleasure continues to be mine, my dear Prudence. And as I said before, I will get my bike with a basket and we'll pedal along forward, grinning a lot ;-)

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  4. What am I carrying over to 2014? Moby friggin Dick. Still haven't finished it!

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    1. My goodness, I hope you are carrying it in a wheel barrel!

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  5. Many negatives have changed to positives in my life. Many still hang on and haunt my days. But after all these years I feel like I have won so many more than I have lost and learned so much about my endurance and stamina. I am strong on the inside, the physical has betrayed me but that is to be expected. On a lark, I think I should visit my voice at the being of this bloggin' thing and give myself insight as well. You're a good one to have us stir up the stuff......hehehehehe. I'll even blog about it afterwards......stay tuned. Oma Linda

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    1. I will take your first sentence and eat it like candy all day!

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  6. I think you are onto something. I think as bloggers, we should all sit down once a year and go through our old posts. Not only can we see how much we have already evolved, but it will be a good opportunity to see what need to be changed and what works.

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    1. I also think the exercise might be really funny. Like reading bits we wrote when we were very young. I always find them hilarious!

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  7. Where did we come from and how did we get here? Who was I, Who am I and who will I be? Looking back is looking forward. Just don't look back to hard and miss what is coming. Happy New Year!

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    1. Rear view mirrors, baby!

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    2. Happy New Year to you, too ;-D

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  8. Such a wonderful post. I love that picture of you. You look like a happy carefree soul.
    I've only been blogging for a year, but even I have looked back and noticed a change in my writing. The things I blog about and the way I write. More so recently, as I left an awfully difficult relationship a couple of months ago and am beginning to rediscover the person I was before I was put down, criticised and made to feel worthless. I'm finding my own life again, with my beautiful daughter and my lovely family.

    2014 will be all about new adventures as a single woman.
    I hope my blog will reflect how free I feel x

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    1. Blessings and Joy for 2014! xo

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    2. I add to Prudence's blessings and send you congratulatory hugs; I know getting out of certain damaging situations is not easy at all. Be happy and free!

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  9. It's amazing how much we change over the years and what seemed so important before usually ends up being just a tiny blip on our path. I learn my lessons-of-the-past, but don't like to look back, only forward. I hope you enjoy your look back, and I hope that 2014 is happy and fulfilling for you! :-)

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    1. I've always been a bit of a planner. I like looking back, every now and again, kind of to make sure that I'm not making the same mistakes. Sometimes I make them anyway, but... hey, that's life, right?

      May 2014 be yummy to you!

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  10. I love the photograph, too. I want to know who R and D are, though...

    As for the blog, I very rarely write about me, but about what I do. Looking at the dolls, the blog has helped me come a long way, much further than I would have done alone.

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    1. I've been wondering about dear R and D, too. Are they mad I walked on their tree? I mean, I did it with respect and all. But you know people can be very touchy about their logs.

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  11. Sounds like a busy year Magaly! The motion of the photograph is really neat.
    I guess I would be carrying everything I didn't do this year (as well as all my failures) into the next. Guess that explains why my back as been so sore! Hehe.
    Anyway, I'm looking forward to Thorn in Red!
    Have a fantastic day!

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    1. I was indeed. I, too, am carrying my basket of failures. I'm sure that we both have better ways to get them done next year. At least we know them better now ;-D

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    2. I hope you really like Thorn in Red. Let me know!

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  12. Hugs Magaly..thanks for always sharing your beautiful soul..wow..what powerful and profound journey you have had this year..wishing you Many Blessings and Massive Sparkles and new adventures in 2014. I love the photo too..and the others on the sidebar..that pinky-dress is sublime..you are gorgeous!This year had some tough spots for me, some deep journeys ..all magical and transformative in the end for sure..2014 feels like a Big Blank Rune for me..and it seems fitting..I don't know whats ahead at all..but I want to dive into the new fresh blankness with an open peaceful heart and pure freedom..I want to be new! I am trusting the Invisible! Hugs and blessings..look forward to more of your sharings and writings ahead!
    Victoria

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    1. "I'm trusting the Invisible!" I can't wait to be able to use that in a conversation. It sounds brilliant!

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  13. What a great look-back, full of wisdom and no regrets! This next year should be even better, Magaly!

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    1. Regrets stink; we don't need them. We can use that energy to do something productive. And to dance. A lot! ;-D

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  14. I love that picture, the theme of this post and the wonderful self assessment you've done of your beautiful self. I cannot wait to share 2014 with you my love. Mina

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    1. Isn't it a fun picture? I love the colors. And that tree!

      We need to do some dancing in 2014!

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  15. Are those pictures of you on the right hand side new? I loved looking at them! I love your energy girl! Like you, I have evolved in my art and I am even more passionate then ever about it! What am I carrying forward to 2014?? Well, something that I have carried with me for a long time and I am getting it off in 2014!!! Actually, I am saying it out loud, I AM GETTING RID OF MY SECURITY BLANKET! I know you don't know what I am talking about, but when I do, you will for sure know!! Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. They are all from this year; the pictures, I mean. One of these days, when I actually sit and organize my photo albums *hahaha, that's funny* I will share more with you. I love the dancing ones.

      I can't wait to read about the security blanket that will be no more!

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  16. Really is a great picture. I had no idea you and the Piano Man got engaged. See what happens when you disappear? This is late but congrats! 2013 had a lot of ups and downs for me. Despite the fact that this final month has brought unfortunate news with it, I have a feeling 2014 has a lot in store for me. Think some major changes are heading my way. Just thinking about it has my stomach in a mixture of knots and butterflies. Anyways, thank you for sharing your amazing bright energy with us.

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    1. "major changes"? I shall spy and delight in the goodness!
      Welcome back ;-)

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  17. Magaly, Sometimes I wish I could go back and edit little bits and portions of my life like you can on a post. But then I think that if I did change "this" then the consequence would be to change "that" and I would miss all of the really great things in my life that I wouldn't change for the world. The butterfly effect - you have to take the good with the bad I guess.

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    1. I think that when it comes to change, we should certainly look back but always apply them forward. Trying to change the past will only give us headaches and leave us unfulfilled. No one needs that.

      Still, it would be interesting if we had the choice...

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  18. Glad that 2013 was so great for you. Let's hope that next year will be even better. Happy holidays.

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    1. It was an interesting year...

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  19. I don't know what I'm holding over. I can say that my diet and exercise regimen will be renewed because I've gained 30 lbs that I shouldn't have gained in the last 5 months. Other than that, I don't know. I'm dealing with not only a really perplexing dark half the year, but some other things have made themselves known and I'm not quite sure how to digest some of it. I know......vague, right? I should blog about it....I just don't know where to start.

    I'm still trying to meditate on all of it.

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    1. Vague has become norm around these parts, so don't fret ;-D

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