Farewell 2014…

The last rays of 2014…

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and an excerpt from my journal this morning:

“…so here is my reminder to myself:  Do the best you can with what you have.  Think simple.  Think natural.  Love enough to let go when it’s time.  Respect people and respect the work, but above all, respect yourself and your boundaries.  Remember to breathe, remember to take walks and lots of pictures, and remember the chocolate.”

I think that’s pretty good for a plan for 2015, no?  Happy New Year’s Eve everyone.

 

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Topsy-turvy

I leave for work every day at ten minutes ’til six…the air crisp, making me shiver, the sun still snug in it’s bed no matter what the season.  Most days, I don’t see the sun until lunch time, sprinting home on my break to walk the dogs.  It never occurs to me until the holidays that this is not the reality for most people.

One of the beautiful things about my job is that we are ‘closed’ this time of year, usually from Christmas Eve until after the New Year, depending on how the calendar falls.  Since I haven’t taken a vacation in about 7 years, I relish every second of free time we get.  Today I had a doctor’s appointment, so I hit the roads around 7:45.

So here we are, a bunch of people heading to work (or the doctor), and all of a sudden the clouds break and this beautiful sunrise appears.  I am stunned…and wowed…and amazed…and I seem to be the only one that’s noticed that a gorgeous array of gold, pink, and violet has revealed itself for our viewing pleasure.  Then I remember that some people get to see this every day.  It’s normal, boring maybe…it’s nothing special to them because they see it all the time.  I still cry every time I see the ocean, but to someone who lives on the beach, it’s always there, part of the fabric that makes up their every lives.

It made me wonder what things I see every day that I take for granted.  What marvels am I missing because I’ve allowed them to just blend into the background?  I’m going to start searching again…take off the blinders and see what I can find.

What have you searched out lately?

 

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The train brays softly in early morning; it’s whistle muted by the driving rain on the rooftops.  It it is running 3 minutes late today, but I wonder if I’m the only one who will ever know.  The dogs have surrendered once again to sleep, their enthusiasm for the 2am walk dashed by wet paws and swelling puddles.  The Christmas tree glows so beautifully this time of day, it makes my little spot in this world feel all the warmer, somehow more like home.

The whistle is sounding again…still 3 minutes late.  Pouring rain, snores and snuffs are my soundtrack.

What’s yours?

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Yule everyone!  I wish you a holiday (week) filled with peace, laughter, and love.  I also hope that you will head out and explore something in your city that you have never taken the time.

Exploring is something that I don’t do nearly enough.  I’m a homebody and I like my routines, but at times my curiosity will push me into new directions.  This is a very good thing, in my opinion.  I’ve lived in my home for over 3 years now, but have never visited Piedmont Park, which is literally 900 steps from my front door.  Sad, I know, but I changed that today.

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The park is really nice – lots of walkers, people on bikes, little kids playing.  My favorite parts were the dog parks and the lake.

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I can’t wait to go back and explore some of the other trails through the park.  I also saw the entrance to the Atlanta Beltline and I definitely want to check that out, so expect more pictures.  It may have taken me a while to get started, but now I want to see it all.

So the theme for my holiday break is explore, what’s yours?

Twinkle and Glow

I’m way behind on December Reflections, but I am a firm believer in being gentle with yourself around holiday time.

Day 1: Drink

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Brought to you by nostalgia and the fact that I only drink two things: water and Diet Coke.  I need to find a good recipe for vegan hot chocolate for this time of year!

Day 2: Lights

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My favorite things about this time of year, bar none, are the twinkle lights.  On trees, wreaths, porches, what have you – I think they are so beautiful.  It was watching my lights last night (with some help from Susannah) that led me to my word for 2015.

This is the first time that I’ve thought about picking a word for the coming year and I went through a lot of possibilities: peaceful, radiant, calm, delight, grace.  The word I finally chose was glow – to me, it means lit from within…radiant and luminous, but with a softer edge.  Glowing with inner strength, glowing with exuberance, shining but with a calmness and generosity of spirit.  I’ll turn 40 in 2015, and I feel closer to the essence of who I am than I ever have in my life…glow seemed appropriate.

What’s your word for the new year?