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Trying to remember that there is always a reason, always something that makes you smile during the day- recognizing the event, person or situation that made you smile will make your day seem that much better.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Hello...anyone still out there??
I wouldn't blame you if you weren't...posts have been sporadic at best...
We traveled a lot over the holidays and it has been tough to get back into the swing of things.

The new year always brings new expectations...
The slate is wiped clean and you have the ability to make the year whatever you want...
So much is on facebook about how this is going to be "the best year ever".
Conversations are had about what we can do "differently" to make this year better.
Normally, I enter the new year with the expectation that this is going to be better than ever..
Things are going to be better..
I am going to be better.
This year, due to some residual stuff, I have decided to modify my expectations.
I have decided that it doesn't have to be "the best year ever".
My expectations for this year are that I notice more of the little moments because they are what add up to the memories of the year.
Although I don't make new year's resolutions specifically, I have made myself a few promises..
I will take an extra few minutes in the morning to fully wake up before I jump out of bed ....with the side benefit of snuggling five more minutes with my husband and kitties.
I will drive home, talk to my mother every night, and end the conversation with a smile.
I will leave work at the office...there will be no more frustration coming home with me.
I will spend time every week reconnecting with my friends...not just in hurried text messages, but actually having conversations.
I will expect things of myself and not of anyone else.
I will take long drives with my husband on the weekends with no distractions.
I will snuggle the kiddos when we get to see them.

I don't know if this will be the best  year ever---but all I do know that those little things that I have promised myself that I will do will bring me smiles through out the year.

I hope that you are all having a great start to the new year...sending hugs and love on the back of the winter air that is swirling tonight!


  1. I have never made a New Year's resolution because I have always thought why do I have to wait for a special year to begin something that I want to do or that will improve my [already great ::wink::] life? Right?

    I started last year just praying I would be here for the holidays and that worked out pretty well, don'tja think? And with one of my biggest wishes being realized in March [that I began steps for in September] I will be happy for the whole year after that. Not that I am not already, but it's something I have wanted for over 20 years and now I am going to achieve it. With Pooldad and my beloved MIL next to me [plus the family, of course, but those two are major players. :D] So ... it may not be the "best year ever" but how exactly do you gauge something like that? I gave birth to 4 kids, any of those years could've been the best, or my marriage, or the year I MET P/D.
    I will be happy as long as I am still here at the end of it. That is a pretty good gauge of a "best year ever", y'think?
    Hug and much love to you. I am going to borrow your long drives, with no interruptions for P/D and me, okay? xoxo Skip

  2. my only resolution to to be in the moment to just live

  3. I love your list of promises to yourself. It's the simple things that in the end are important :)