A Look Back at 2013

It’s hard to believe a whole year has already sped past. Dominic is nearly 2, Dorian is 8 and Dante will be 7 in a few short months. How did that happen?!

2013 has been a year of excitement and disappointment. New beginnings and harsh endings. Last year, I dropped all client work and focused on working on my books and Squidoo. It would have been awesome except that Squidoo took a huge nosedive in February/March. Suddenly, the vast majority of my income disappeared into the ether. It was not a good time. I scrambled to get more books written, but it didn’t make up for the lost income from Squidoo and Amazon. In the end, I had to take on client work again, though I mostly work for sites like Constant Content.

With the loss of earnings, we ended up not doing a lot of things that we’d planned for the year, but apart from that, it wasn’t a bad year. My sister, Sarah, visited me in May and my youngest sister, Caily, came down in November. Two visits from family in one year! It was pretty cool!

Dorian started track and has enjoyed it. It’s also really great for him to get that exercise, since it helps his intestines. That was the only extracurricular thing we did, though we’d originally planned on swim lessons for all three boys, too. Dante didn’t want to try art lessons, so he didn’t do anything extra this year.

School is going to take some reconfiguring. Halfway through the 2013 school year, we started with Time4Learning so I could focus on working without stressing so much. It worked wonderfully for Dorian. For Dante, not so much. So Dorian is continuing with his online studies and Dante will be studying off the computer. They will be in Grades 3 and 2, respectively, next year.

We also had the chance to meet some new blog readers this year. Some are thinking of moving here, some have already made the leap (and live across the street from us!!). It’s definitely been a year of changes for everyone!

Overall, 2013 wasn’t a bad year, but it was hard and stressful. I’m grateful that we stayed relatively healthy throughout and that we still have so many options open to us. Stay tuned for the New Year’s post! Happy New Year!

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