Get lucky and set your sparkly beard on fire.

This sentence pretty much sums up my leftovers of 2013. Everywhere I went I heard Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ (which was no punishment, by the way), as well as songs about fire, burning, sparkles and other bright, shiny things. Songs like ‘Diamonds’ (Rihanna) and ‘Girl on fire’ (Alicia Keys) to name but a few.

Men with beards are everywhere.

Men with beards are everywhere.

And everywhere I looked I saw men with beards—hipster fellas in narrow pants doing hipster things with smart phones, zippy little cars, bottles of beer, gaggles of girls, and espresso machines.
We’ve just been through 365 days of music and advertisements on TV, the Internet and the radio—a relentless, never-ending stream of messages and impulses—and a few songs and men with beards are all that sticks with me. Not bad, I think.

What I remember most about 2013 is the time I spent with my family, the fun we had and the memories we created. All these things happened when the TV was off and the smart phones and tablets were tucked away.  When the only focus was cooking that great meal, climbing that sand dune, writing that chapter, playing that game, taking in that view, and enjoying each other’s company.

In 2013, I definitely got better at blocking out the crap and focusing on the stuff that really matters to me, but judging by the fiery hipster beards in my head I still have some ways to go. So I’m gonna work on my blocking-out skills some more in 2014. Not by actively trying to ignore the peripheral stuff that wants to muscle its way into the center of my life, but by putting energy back into the people and things that gave me energy.

Wishing you a splendid 2014!

Elizabeth Barlo’s debut novel ‘Ruth 66′ is now available in e-Book and paperback format:

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