I love the start of a new year. For me, the rolling over of the calendar brings with it a sense of hope and optimism. I know it’s symbolic – really, Tuesday isn’t really different from today, there’s just a different year attached to the date – but I really do think a new year is a great time for a fresh start.

Like many people, the last few years have had their ups and downs, with tough times followed by moments of relief. But then those moments of relief have been followed by another set-back – the cycle of life I guess. For my husband and me, 2011 was a bad year, with financial worries, periods of unemployment and family troubles.

We entered 2012 with hopes that this would be the year things turned around. And while things aren’t perfect, it was definitely a better year than the previous two. We started new careers, moved to a new city, made significant life changes to improve our health and were finally able to get pregnant.

But I’m convinced 2013 will be even better. The economy will (hopefully) continue to improve, therefore helping everyone’s finances. Soldiers are continuing to come home from overseas, reuniting families across the region. I’m starting the year at a job I really enjoy, the first time I’ve been able to say that in about five years. And, most importantly for me, I’ll be a new mom this year, with a baby boy arriving within the first five weeks of 2013.

So, for those of you out there that are ready for 2012 to be over, embrace the fact that it is and look to new opportunities in 2013. For those of you that had a good 2012 like I did, hopefully 2013 will be even better. And for those of you expecting 2013 to be worse than 2012, maybe you’ll be surprised and it won’t be. But even if it is, remember that another year will be just around the corner.

And now, to publically announce my resolutions. (I find I’m more likely to stick to them if I’ve told a bunch of people about them)

  • Run the Bellingham Bay Half Marathon in September without stopping to walk (I’ve it twice before, but have walked during both of them)
  • No procrastination on chores that take less than a minute to do (filing away a bill, taking the recycling outside, putting away shoes, etc.)
  • Start a college savings account for the baby (and actually put money in it)
  • Spend at least an hour every week doing something just for me

Happy New Year everyone!

Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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