I woke up this morning to the most amazing sunrise outside my kitchen window. I grabbed my camera and a cup of coffee, and spent some time just snapping whatever caught my eye, and quietly reflecting back on 2011.
2011 was a pretty amazing year. Lots of little milestones and lots big ones too! I learned some new things about myself and about others. I let go of some unhealthy friendships and in return, gained some new ones that will surely last a lifetime.
I made a business plan at the beginning of the year, and stuck to it like glue. The hard work and dedication paid off.
I surrounded myself with things that bring me joy and attended events that changed my life.
I learned to let go and to take deep breaths much more often.
I learned that the ability to forgive is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.
I learned that no matter how much time goes by, I can go home and be embraced by all of the people that really do love me.
I learned that I did a pretty good job raising my kids, and all the things I thought I should’ve done differently? They just don’t matter.
I learned that change is good and I will remain a work in progress.
I learned to make time just for me and not feel guilty. It’s okay. Really.
I learned to fall in love all over again with my best friend, husband and soul mate.
I learned that I am a lot stronger than I think. The things I thought would kill me, didn’t.
I learned to never take my health for granted again. I started moving more and sitting less.
I learned that I had forgotten just how much I love to be outdoors. In the garden. At the beach or in the mountains. This world is a beautiful place.
I learned that giving is so much better than receiving and the smile it brings to someone’s face is priceless.
I learned that I am in no way, shape, or form ready to semi-retire, and it is unlikely I will ever fully retire at all. I love my “jobs” way too much!
I learned that just when I thought I couldn’t take care of one more dog or cat, my heart found a way to let them in. They love unconditionally.
I learned that I love my life and I intend to live it out loud!
I learned that the saying “God is always with you and through Him all things are possible”, really is true.
I wish you, your family and all of those you love, a very healthy and Happy New Year!
Until next time,