I can't believe it's 2014. Am I the only one who feels like the 90's was 10 years ago? I spent the days leading up to New Year's Day at SnowGlobe, a three-day music festival in Lake Tahoe. I got to dance in the New Year listening to the likes of Snoop Dogg, Kaskade, Tiesto and Cut Copy.
It was so good to be around friends who I hadn't seen for a few months. We spent our days sitting around the fire, hot tubbing, paddle boarding and taking the dogs to play fetch on the beach, then warming ourselves up with beer and whiskey before walking to one of my favorite venues.
The concert was held on the fields of a local community college that had been tricked out with three stages, stacks of giant light-up boxes, booths and a halfpipe with skiers and snowboarders showing off between shows.
This is our 3rd years at SnowGlobe, but the assortment of people never ceases to amaze me. Girls in furry boots and mini skirts (it's outside and freezing, by the way), beanie'd boarders, and barely-conscious partiers sway next to guys in panda hats and ravers with painted faces. You really see all types.
We huddled together for warmth in one of the hammocks hung between trees, watching the stage lights streak across the forest. Fireworks went off at the end of each night, with a huge show at midnight on New Years Eve. As the countdown hit zero, we passed around a bottle of champagne between our friends and danced like crazy.
But now our friends have left, the Christmas decorations are down, and it's beginning to set in that we have some big moves ahead of us. Thinking back on this year, I realized how much has happened. I've switched jobs, moved from the Bay Area to Tahoe to Greece, and now I'm back in Tahoe with 7 days until Charlie leaves again--and we don't know for sure where it will be or if I will be coming again.
I've never been one for resolutions, but if this year has taught me anything it is that there is only so much you can control in life. You can plan, plan, plan and something will get thrown in that completely changes how you imagined things would go. At the end of the day, the best resolution for life, not even the year, is to learn how to be happy with the status quo. That is not to say you shouldn't have dreams and aspire to make things better, but not at the expense of the present.
Before we left for Greece I was consumed by stress, worrying about living in a hotel, not being able to communicate with people and leaving Daisy behind. This time around I feel so much more prepared. If we can live in a small village with people we can barely talk to for a couple months, we can do just about anything. Bring it on.
So cheers to a new year, new experiences and a new (unknown) home!