One of my goals for the season is to be merry. I haven’t exactly been a ray of Christmas sunshine this holiday season. I’ve pretty much pulled the plug on 2013 and am ready for 2014.
Then last night I went to our annual holiday dinner and glassybaby exchange. We played a game of one good, one bad, and one holiday tradition. I went close to last out of eleven people so I had a while to think about what I wanted to say.
My good has been stirring in my head for a while but I think 2013 is the year I not only accepted that Seattle is home for a while, but also realized I’m happy that it is. When we threw ideas around over the summer about moving to another state, I suddenly felt a little panicked. What about friends? What about our house? What about our Sounders’ season tickets? This is home now and I’m really happy about it.
I shared a bad as well and was shocked to hear I was not the only one who shared the same thing. Not even close to the only one. When I left SF I had a group of girlfriends and girls nights once a month, not to mention countless dinner, drink, walk, and run dates with my ladies. Last night felt like the first time I was willing to share something deeper than surface level with a new group of people and it was nice. Really nice.
All that to say that this morning I woke up with a little holiday cheer. It’s amazing how one night with a group of good people can really change your outlook. All of these pictures were taken before I went to that party. Now I’m just seeing them in a new, Christmas cheer-filled light.