Looking back is always bitter sweet. In some ways I say good riddance to 2013! It wasn't the easiest of years by any means. A lot of personal and family trials. It could always be worse, right?!? Maybe it was the whole "unlucky 13" thing... I feel more tired than I ever have been in my whole life. I feel worn out by stress, getting older, recent surgery and just plain old being unhealthy. In 2014 I vow to take better care of me, so I can be better for my family. Sometimes my need for perfection in my work makes it so other areas of my life suffer -- Is there is a better way to find balance? I will strive for it 2014! On the flip side, I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had this past year. I have learned so much about myself and I feel so lucky to be doing something that I love. If it wasn't for the unfailing support of my family and friends I would not be in this business. In some ways I yearn for the years to slow down and for time to stand still, if just to enjoy the simple moments longer. I want to slow down the rapid growth of my little ones who are not so little anymore. I watch them become wise and smart and lovely, but I miss their little cheeks and bright eyes full of wonder of the world around them. These pics are of my children from a vacation to Carmel, CA. We take this same vacation every year and it is our very favorite!