2013. Here you are. Seriously. 2013? I think it was Roo over at Nice Girl Notes who commented that 2013 sounded like a year somewhere in the far away future. I still feel like the '90s were just yesterday. Is this what getting old feels like? Do my parents still feel like the 70's were "just yesterday"? Wild, man.
With the coming of 2013, I, like so many across this great land have vowed to be healthier. Over the last two years, I've gained about 40 pounds and I am not proud of it. In fact, I'm downright disgusted in myself. I can blame the broken ankle of 2011 and the broken wrist of 2012, but really it was the poor choices I made when it came to what I put into my body. It wasn't for lack of exercise. Roller Derby is a very physically demanding sport--especially when you're on the travel team in my league. I just used that as an excuse to eat crap.
This is the year of changes. I've spent the last two and a half years super involved in derby. I was team captain of my home team, secretary on the board, skated on the travel team, was the head fresh meat coach, and was also on 4 committees. This year, I have had to take a step back. My financial situation is at the worst it's ever been and the opportunity came up for me to sell out one of my planning periods at school in order to take on the leadership class. It means they have to pay me 1/6 of my salary on top of what I already make, which means I can start making dents in my debt. However, it comes at a cost. The biggest one will probably be my sanity. The other big cost is that in order to not lose my mind with the added stress of teaching the leadership class, I quit the travel team. I don't even know how to comprehend not being on the travel team. I'm literally cutting my weekly skating time in half. Travel team skaters have 8 hours of required practice a week. Home team skaters have 4. I'm also not team captain this year, nor am I having anything to do with Fresh Meat this season. I've scaled it back a lot, but I've taken on a lot more responsibilities at work. Again, is this what getting old feels like? I don't like it. I'd rather be super involved in derby than in work, but work pays the bills, so here I am.
I'm relishing in the last couple days of Winter Break. I don't want to go back to work, but I am also excited because we start The Hunger Games this Quarter and I can't wait! We had so much fun with it last year.
Other things I'm looking forward to in 2013:
City of Bones (the movie)
Requiem (the final book of the Delirium triology)
The Clockwork Princess (the final book of the Infernal Devices)
Disneyland and the possibility of my annual pass
Trying CrossFit this summer
Going back to Zumba
Junior Derby (we're adding a Junior derby league to our league! Little girls playing derby is so cute!)
I hope you all have great things to look forward to in 2013!