Friday, January 6, 2012

Thoughtful Beginnings

photo by Laura Tabacchi

The start of this new year, for me, is a time of thought.  It’s a time for reflecting on the past and dreaming about the future.  I haven’t made any resolutions.  I’m still considering my goals for this year.

It might be simpler if I jumped into 2012 with a list of projects to complete or a new weight loss plan to begin.  I do need to lose weight, and I have a number of projects in mind.  But first, I need to think.

Before I jump into a flurry of activity and try to do too much, resulting in exhaustion, I’m considering my priorities. I am evaluating my resources, especially time and energy.  I’m factoring in my need for rest each day.

Last year was busy.  Bryan started college and Fred started working on an MBA. 

We adopted a rambunctious kitten, who is seen here under the file cabinet keeping the world safe from dust bunnies.

 I pushed helped Laura to finish the classes she needed to get her high school diploma, and we so enjoyed having family visit and join is in celebrating her achievement. 

 We adopted a dog and took her to dog training classes and worked with her until she was able to barely pass her "final exam".

I refinished our dining room table, developed new recipes for my family and Wheatless Foodie, and continued selling digital art at Sidetracked Artist on Etsy.

Our year began winding down with my parents’ visit at Thanksgiving.  The following weekend, Fred and I took the ferry to Victoria, B.C. to see Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café Christmas show.  There were days of shopping, gift making, wrapping, shipping, and holiday baking. 

Then it was New Year’s Eve, and as usual, Fred and I watched the ball drop in New York on CNN at 9:00pm and went to bed.  Don’t judge.

So here it is, 2012, a leap year. 366 days.

I wonder what this year will hold.  I know that I will do things to improve my health, like eating more fruits and vegetables and moving more. I will help Laura, with all the love and encouragement I have within me, to move forward with her life.  I want to paint, and knit, and sew a little, and work in the garden.  I would like to have more organization and routine in my life.  I would dearly love to be able to spend more time with family and friends.

I hope to live each day more thoughtfully and intentionally and contunue focussing on gratitude. And I have so much to be grateful for.

Have a wonderful and blessed 2012!


  1. All of those are wonderful goals! Happy New Year!

  2. What a wonderful year you had! Can you believe we are already at the end of the first month of 2012? At least we get an extra day this year. I'm thinking I'm going to do something very fun with it!

    1. I know - can't believe we're already nearly one month down for the year! I like the idea of planning something fun for that extra day.