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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Hello 2014!

January 01, 2014 - The past year has had it's ups and downs but as we welcome 2014 I am excited for a new year.

I did enjoy 2013 - it had a lot of adventures. I spent my vacation in California and visited a lot of my relatives and did the complete tourist experience - Disneyland, Hollywood, Warner Brothers Studio Tour and San Diego.

I completed another National Novel Writing Month and with hiccups through the month of November I can't tell you how I did it. I didn't finish the story but I will continue working on it in the new year.

I met new friends and became closer to friends I already have in my life.

Probably my biggest adventure was the beginning of the year when I finished losing the last bulk of my 90 pounds. I spent the rest of the year trying to maintain the new weight while sadly letting go of the giant, comfortable clothes I used to hide in.

I watched a lot of great achievements made by not only Clarkston students and athletes but by those in the community. It was a great year!

Now like many I look ahead and how I can make each day in 2014 better. I don't make resolutions - I have goals. Most of the goals aren't new but having the motivation and continuing to have the motivation for 365 days in the year.

Well, like most people at the beginning of any new year I want to visit the gym more. Even if it is just a few miles to walk the weather is better to walk outside. I think the best way to achieve it is putting my gym bag in the front of the vehicle so I remember. Now just have to remember to take the gym bag out of the trunk.

Another goal is to read. I love to read. I have plenty of books to read. I just haven't read. I started a book and it isn't keeping my interest yet I continue to attempt to finish it. (It's not going to happen. Time to move on after three months. I need to finish at least a book a month.)

Adding to the list, write every day at least 15 minutes of non-work related pieces. Or at least work on five pages of writing projects. Also, photograph every day.

There are enough hours in the day so it is possible. It is about turning off the distractions. The year 2013 was great, 2014 is going to be amazing.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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