Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis Hill during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Athens, on Thursday Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Well, 2013 is over. And as much as I hate to say it, I'm glad to see it go. It was a hard year.

That's not to say nothing good came of it. Because there were a ton of great moments. And several people I am supremely thankful for — especially Clint, Noah, Ashley, Judy and my Mom. 

But, I'm ready for the possibilities a new year brings. The prospect of new beginnings.

I'm not talking resolutions. I've never been a New Year's resolutions girl. But, last year at this time, I made a year's worth of monthly financial resolutions. My intentions were grand. I was going to save a bunch of money and pay stuff off. Like most people, I was going to lose weight and Christmas shop early. I was going to post my successes on my blog.

The year started off good. I stuck to my guns for the first four months or so. I had money direct deposited into a savings account (which we dipped into every single month). I made coffee at home. I brought my lunches to work. I school shopped early. I started exercising and eating better.

It was smooth sailing. And then we hit a couple bumps in the road. Not little bumps, but mountain sized speed bumps. You know the saying one step forward, two steps back? Well, it was like one step forward, three steps back for a while there. 

Needless to say, my resolutions fell by the wayside, and our focus had to change from saving extra to getting by and getting caught up.

We're about halfway up the hill of getting caught up. That in and of itself is something to celebrate. So, even though the resolutions I had set didn't all happen, we did accomplish a lot.

Instead of focusing on what didn't happen, I am going into the new year with a clean slate, and taking it one day at a time. Rather than making a whole list of resolutions, I am resolving to fix what needs fixing each day. 

And I am resolving to have a great year, no matter what. Plain and simple.

How did your resolutions go? Are you making new ones this year?

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Families and schools reporter for #ThisIsTucson. Artist, photographer, mother of one.