These are the thoughts and observations of me — a woman of a certain age (56). I'm single. I'm successful enough (independent, self supporting). I live in the burbs and work in the city (Chicago, the best city in the world). I'm an aunt, a friend and a colleague. I feel that voices like mine are rather underrepresented online or in print. So here I am. If my musings resonate with you, please visit my blog again sometime.
28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve? I am trying to relax more. I don't want to waste my life on worry.
29.What was the biggest problem you solved? Solved? Instead I'll say I've made progress toward improving my bathroom.
30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it? The night my oldest friend and I spent seeing Donny and Marie in Vegas.
31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever? Signing up with my personal trainer.
32.What one thing would you do differently and why? I'd be more positive at the office. I'm working at it. But our "clown car" open seating arrangement is very hard on me. I like privacy, and I have none.
33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for? I have been supportive of my friends.
34.What activities made you lose track of time? Farmville!
35.What did you think about more than anything else? Worry.
36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about? The 19th century is my new obsession.
37.What new habits did you cultivate? Nothing comes to mind
38.What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could? Watch your pennies!
39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year? No
40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year? MeTV. I'm not kidding. I have found sliding back to a simpler time very comforting when the going gets tough.
41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be? Serenity
42.What do you want to see, discover, explore? I want to learn more about myself and how I can make myself better
43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015? Kathleen. I think she needs me. She has a lot on her plate -- her own family, her parents, her siblings, her career -- and I hope to remind her to take care of herself and enjoy herself amid the tumult.
44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master? I want to regain control of my surroundings and finances.
45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen? RESOLVE!
46.What do you want your everyday life to be like? No drama
47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of? I have promised myself to take a bag of stuff to Goodwill every month.
48.What do you want to achieve career-wise? Hang on to this job!
49.How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now? I'm 57. I hope to simply make it to 2025 and 2035.
50.What is your number one goal for 2015? Organization.