Looking forward

We had a wonderful holiday at our little house in the country.  Couldn’t be more thankful for the recent time with family. And there’s still more to come.  No reason to rush through Christmas.  It is, after all, a time to celebrate.

Wow, 2014?  How? When? I love this time of year.  Something about looking forward. Something about hope.  2013 was truly an amazing year for me. Celebrating and cherishing everyday with my husband and sweet baby girl.  How did I get so lucky?

My daughter was playing the other day and it occurred to me that, this moment was all there was to her.  It was about right now. No yesterday. No tomorrow.  Just right now.  And I realized that’s what I want my New Year’s resolution to be. To be generous with my time and attention.  Too often I find myself playing with my little one, and my mind wanders to all the things I need to do when she finally goes down for her nap. Those thoughts are stealing my special moments with her right now.  And once they’re gone… In 2014, I want to enjoy all the moments I can.

No big plans for tonight.  Just taking time to reflect on this past year. Taking time to be thankful for the good 2013 brought, and remember the losses and challenges of which there were plenty. I find that whenever something comes to an end in my life, whether it’s a job, a relationship, or the loss of a loved one, the disappointment or sadness are temporary.  The memories that ultimately emerge, the ones that really stick with me, are always about the good times, the happy times, and the learning times.  And I’m thankful for that.

Celebrate safe. Happy New Year!

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