The internet is very Jekyll and Hyde. You can access amazing information, including lectures from top universities, step-by-step videos on how to repair almost anything, and GIFs of corgi puppies for purposes of smiling. People can also be at their cruelest online. It can be so easy to knock someone else down when you don't agree with them, or even when you're just having a terrible day and want to share in the misery. Prejudices and bigotry are in full force on the internet, and it can be all too easy to lose faith in humanity.
My main goal for 2015 is to embrace joy. 2014 was pretty rough for me, especially the latter half, and I want to switch my focus to the good this year. My most popular post on Facebook this January has been, "I've grown weary of cynicism. This year, I'll focus on joy."
I'm already attempting to do this on social media, posting positive, life-affirming stories instead of let's-be-angry articles. I'll still work on improving the world in ways that I can, but I'll leave the day to day burden of bad information to the news.
And what about Our Little House? My goal for this year is to make it more functional for Charles and me. We're still playing with the idea of turning our 3 and 1 into a 2 and 2. A second bathroom would be amazing, and Charles and I can share an office. We don't both need one, especially since we usually just end up on the couch in the living room with our laptops anyway. I'll share our journey with the process on here. I'm also planning on finally updating the kitchen. There's some deferred maintenance that has to be dealt with this year. Plus, there are still a couple of things I want to do to our (currently) only bathroom, including some little projects that are finally happening.
I hope you stay tuned to Charles' and my adventures in 2015, and don't forget to embrace the joy.
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