Pause to reflect


Well, here we are, the last day of the year and the final post in 2015!  This year has gotten away from me and I haven’t posted as many times as I would have liked, but that is ok!

This will be a brief post, but I wanted to reach out one more time before the year’s end.

I think we all love the idea of the Holiday season…something to distract us from the short days, weird weather (70 degrees on Christmas Eve… Think Mother Nature missed the memo of a White Christmas!) and spending time with the people we love.  However the expectations can be somewhat unrealistic and when you are rushing around, shopping, cooking, and trying to fit in family fun, it can be gone before  you blink!

I did have a very nice Christmas with family.  I remember being young and feeling bad for my parents because Santa missed them on Christmas, but my parents reassured me that their gift was seeing us happy.  I didn’t understand, but now I do.

Santa brought our son a kitchen set.  I thought he might be to old for one, but he is the king of imagination with his dress up, cooking, and so on.  Well, the kitchen was delivered from Santa set up!  It must have been to big to wrap so Santa hid it behind the curtain.  Well, my little one came running down the stairs, didn’t see the kitchen, but he had one gift wrapped from Santa on the table.  He grabbed the gift, quietly sat on the floor and said’ “I am not sure, but I think this is a box of coal.”   I replied that he was a good boy and doing so well at his new school that I am sure it was not coal.  He said, “Whatever it is Santa wanted me to have it so I will like it!”  The most astonishing part is that his older brother had his gifts wrapped and in plain view, but there was no tantrum, no “he has gifts why not me.”  Nope, he sat there happy as ever with his one gift.  I was impressed. Ha! The little things!  Well the kitchen was spotted soon after and there were hugs and smiles all around.

Now I am reflecting on the past year.  We have had so many changes this year, new, exciting, scary changes. An all around eventful year!  I think of how busy the year has been but remain thankful that we have so many people around us that made this year so special!  I invite you all to reflect and think back 365 days ago to what your hopes were for the New Year.  Did I meet all of my goals – no, but they don’t have to disappear.  My New Year’s Resolution is this, Life is short and I am thankful to be at the age where I have realized that no matter what you do you can’t please everyone, but you can please yourself!  I will reflect on my goals, push myself to be the person I want to be, and most of all enjoin the small things in life.  Wishing everyone a very peaceful, safe and Happy New Year!

Stay tuned…. 2016 will bring some guest writers and exciting topics!


*grammatical and spelling errors are done purposefully to make sure you are reading the article!  Enjoy!