The end of the year is a time of reflection. We note what we have accomplished; what we tried to achieve but didn’t attain; what boxes we stepped outside; what lives we impacted; what goals were set aside; what new dreams we cooked up.
This year, I launched this blog in May (ta-da!) I meant to write more frequently than I have, but it has worked to keep a journaling mentality and some writing discipline present in my life.
I have continued to be involved with The Owen Society for Hermetic and Spiritual Enlightenment, which is an absolutely delightful group of Steampunk occultists. I started going to the meetings in 2012, but their importance to me has become greater in 2013. My connection to The Owen Society inspired me to open my home twice to parties, something I always enjoyed, but hadn’t done in several years.
The Owen Society was also the occasion for me to try my hand at public speaking for the first time since college, when I did a presentation for the group over the summer.
In 2013, I finally attended several public rituals hosted by The Brotherhood of the Phoenix, and I have just recently completed and submitted my application for initiation (completing that process will one of my 2014 goals).
I have seen a reawakening of my own spiritual path and my communication with the gods. I am still in the process of working through what that means for me in my daily life, and I do anticipate new things on that front in 2014.
The process of learning about, weeding through, and understanding the Pagan community has been a project in 2013. I have been much more connected to Pagan media and stories. I have discovered blogs and podcasts and tried to understand some of the many paths that are covered under that umbrella.
I also went to Teslacon, my first Steampunk convention in 2013, and it was a marvelous experience. I have already committed to go next November.
I continue my commitment to my family, especially to visit my father on at least a monthly basis. He faces some serious health issues and my youngest sister has really taken on the burden of his care. It’s exhausting for her and I try to give her help, even with my limitations of budget, distance and time.
I am in the 3rd year of a 6 year commitment to the Alumni Board for my college. It has been great in many ways to connect back to the college. One of my goals is to bring about an LGBTQ reunion, and that is scheduled to happen in 2015. That is an upcoming project for me.
I am lucky and privileged to have a decent job and home, and a solid relationship with my loving and supportive partner. I live in a culturally rich and diverse city with good public transportation. I am privileged to have many great friends and to have met a number a wonderful new people over the past year. Some of my past friendships have faded away, but I think that is sometimes for the best as well.
I sit here writing this as I recover from bad cold which has kept me feeling pretty awful the past couple days. I am glad to look back at the year and see so much that I have accomplished and so much abundance. My aches and cough might have colored my view of the year and giving me a negative view, but that’s not at all true. The wonderful things have shone through.
Thank you, readers, for following my thoughts. May Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings and endings, look kindly upon you and grant us all a happy 2014.