KRYSTLE CLEAR: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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My story at 5:00 today was all about taking a look back. Unfortunately, we were looking back at something terrible- Des Moines’ homicides in 2012. There were 10 this year. And while that’s technically below the average, I couldn’t help but think that was 10 more than there should be; ten families that have to go into this new year without a loved one.

Looking back on all the stories we did about those murders, and digging up past interviews and video, it made me think twice about my own year- and the one that’s to come.
It also made me “tweak” my New Year Resolutions a bit.

Looking back at my 2012, I realized there were a few instances where I let things get to me too much. To over-use one of my favorite sayings: Life is too short. So going into 2013 I am going to take more deep breaths- work on enjoying what I have and not get so overwhelmed and worked up over the little things.

On a more fun note, I also want to try some new things this year! Whether that’s a trip to a new place to see a friend (I have one in mind for May already!), or cooking some new recipes- which there in itself is two things since I’m not usually found in the kitchen, unless it’s to eat of course! Maybe I’ll get really ambitious and try a race of some sort- like a Tough Mudder, or Mini Triathlon. I’m trying to keep an open mind about these “new things” so if you have any thoughts, or ideas, I’m all ears!

Another big one on my 2013 list- connect more with friends, old and new! I didn’t do that bad of a job in 2012, but I know I could do better! Whether it’s through emails, texts, visits, or lunch dates, I want to make an extra effort to know, see, and talk to those people I’m grateful to have in my life. I think sometimes I get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life, work and responsibilities, I forget to just enjoy it! And what better way to do that than with the people that make those moments worth living?

Well, I am ready for 2013! Ready to bring it in, in the comfort of my own home with my 2 cats, fish, and boyfriend, with some good food and Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice (yes, you read that right- it’s a tradition my mom started when we were little and I just haven’t been able to let it go.) What I am ready to let go of- some of the rough times in 2012, for all of us. Not going to forget, just ready to push forward to better, brighter, happier times.

Please, tell me your New Years Resolutions, your News Years Eve plans, and what you are happy to leave behind as we go forward to 2013.