It’s a typical Monday morning at REI. I have just put on my green vest and made my way to the sales floor where today I will be working in the footwear department. It is 9 am and the doors have just opened. The small crowd that was once gathering outside immediately barrels their way to footwear. Consisting of mostly older women, the majority cluster around the casual shoes area. Unfortunately it is the first day of a sale, and that means larger crowds. Most are eager to use their 20% off coupons.

With apprehension, I walk out of the backroom and am bombarded with the most dreaded question in footwear, “Can I have a 7 and a 7 ½ in these shoes?”

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2013 was the worst year of my life. I don’t like to admit it, but I was probably depressed. I didn’t like the situation I was in, the job I was working, or the place I was living. I don’t think I liked anything. I was miserable and miserable to be around. I blamed the world and hated it at the same time.

I knew a dramatic change was the only thing that would get me out of my rut. So I took a big risk in 2014 and the payout was beyond measure. It wasn’t a financial success (far from it actually), and I didn’t find the love of my life or any sense of purpose.

But I did discover 13 things (there are probably more – I just haven’t realized them all yet) that changed me. Here we go…

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I went to FoxNews.com over the weekend, mostly as an amusement. I enjoy the ridiculous headlines. I am not a fan of Fox News. I think a majority of their news is awful and between the fake blondes, ‘Botox’-ed eyes, and over indulgence of makeup, I have a tough time listening to anything they say.

Still I find it amusing to browse the front page. This Saturday morning I noticed a rather interesting story. Sean Hannity, gleaming ear to ear about the Democrats’ recent downfall, posted a news clip arguing that the results of the most recent election were a direct vote against President Obama.

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