2014 is coming to an end and every blogger and writer out there is going to be writing a year end recap of what’s going on and what to look forward to in 2015. I love these kinds of posts and I usually think about writing my own at the very last minute. But not this year! I’m gonna get a jump on this thing!
The first half of 2014 was busy. The team at the 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library had a lot of big projects happening. We brought in some big attendance and circulation statistics to the library. I did quite a bit more traveling than I usually do and spoke to a lot of great librarians. I visited Strathmore Alberta Canada, Baltimore Maryland, New York City, Louisville Kentucky, Nashville Tennessee, Greensboro North Carolina, and San Antonio Texas and had an amazing time learning and sharing with librarians. I found myself kind of tired at the end of it all. Yes, it was all very rewarding but the balance between libraries and general life was a bit off. I learned about limits and how to take care of myself first and foremost before other things. A healthy and happy Justin leads to a happy and healthier Justin The Librarian. Everything that we do affects everything else that we do.
In around August I decided to make some changes to achieve more of a balance. I visited family and friends twice in Pittsburgh, PA in August and September. It was nice to go back there with Haley, Finn, and Aero and be with our extended families and take part in a few weddings. Seeing the day to day things that happen in life makes you want to chill out and appreciate those things more. That’s exactly the approach I’ve been taking and it has been wonderful.
Haley and I piddle around in our yard a lot. We take care of our home, our little slice of urban farm/homestead here in Chattanooga. Finn, Aero, and I play with Legos and we kick around a soccer ball a lot. We only go out to eat at a Chinese Buffet because it’s awesome and every other restaurant is average and costs way too much. We eat a lot of vegetables at home. We play a lot of Nintendo Wii U and have family movie nights. We have a really cool dog named Sonic The Border Terrier. I really enjoy watering and taking care of my plants, especially our banana plants.
These are the things I look forward to the most these days. 2013 Justin was a bit different….there was something library related in that end of the year toppermost of the poppermost list. This year, there isn’t. That’s not to say that I’m not into libraries anymore….I am, and I still believe that the public library holds the key to unlocking an amazing future for our communities. It’s just that now, well, I have realized that I don’t need to think about them all of the time. And I’ve also realized that the less that I think about them, the more focused I am on helping them better serve their community.
So that’s 2014, life, and libraries in a blog post. I look forward to everything in 2015: life, family, friends, libraries, travel, music, video games, food, and sleep. Things are cool. Things are on the level. Life. I’m just gonna live it.