new year

Another year has come and gone. 

What did you make of 2015? What do you hope to make of 2016?

I had big plans for 2015. It was going to be the “turning point year.” 

Was it the year i’d hoped it to be? 

No, it wasn’t. Not even close. 

Was it a good year?

Absolutely, without question.

It was full of wonderful moments, laughs with friends, hikes in the mountains, companionship with one fine canine, visits from my son, workshops taught, art made, art sold, more art made. A year spent learning more about how to take better care of my dietary wellness, coming to terms with what works for my body and what doesn’t. A year growing stronger in resolve to let the past be the past, being mindful to remaining grateful for every experience, every person who has been, or is, a part of my life. A year in which I lost a dear friend, and who’s unexpected and early departure, left me even more sensitive to the fact that every day counts and there is no time to waste in living the life you want to live. 

In 2015 I learned so much more about my own limitations. How I can’t do it all. That I can be such an overachiever at times, and a perfectionist. And that these traits actually keep me from the personal success I crave, instead of helping me reach my goals. Each passing year seems to slap me around a little to get my attention in one area of my life or another. This year was no exception. 

The year 2015 broke my heart in places, but provided in greater number, moments of joy and happiness. Like driving across three states with one of my dearest friends, deepening bonds and making memories. Hiking new trails and reaching new places of wonder with people I love. Quiet hours spent in the company of my dog, walking the earth, practicing gratefulness with each step. Yes, the year gave me much, way more than it took from me.

There’s a lot of stuff crammed into 365 days of living. Good stuff and not so good stuff. Joy, happiness and love, along with a few doses of sorrow and pain. Successes and mistakes, lessons learned and lessons taught. Breathtaking beauty, seen with the eyes and felt in the soul. So much life lived in a year’s time. 

I’m grateful for 2015 and all the years that have come before. And grateful too, that today, January 1, 2016, I’m still here alive and well and given more days to discover even more wonderful that life has to offer.

Happy New Year!

Live Life Wonderful,

~am