Watching a documentary about the Amish I rediscovered the word Rumspringa, that period of time in adolescence when the Amish youth are free to experience the outside world. How fitting I thought.
My rumspringa is over. I took a year to go a little wild, try some new crazy things, and spend money without a thought. 2013 is about reeling it back in. Taking stock. What did I like, what do I want to continue? What did I try that absolutely was not me? I am taking control of my life, which has felt so out of control and on autopilot at times the last few years. Now I am re-establishing some routine. Taking time for me. Saying no more often and yes to treating myself better. I have dabbled in veganism (and might just stick with it) and have given up alcohol. Not forever I’m sure, just taking a break. Giving my body a rest. Austerity Elliot is in full effect this year and I will be watching my pennies and doing what needs to be done. I will be finding new ways of being frugal and living with less. It is a topic that is close to my heart and now I am able to truly simplify. This year will be full of the unexpected as all years are and have been, but I am also hopeful for some completion. Divorce. Graduation. Refinancing. 2013 is going to be challenging, but I think I’m up for it.