Saturday, December 31, 2011

Don't Stop Believin'

Thank you to all of you who sent well-wishes while I was fogged in last week. It actually turned out to be a fairly mild head cold. The fog lifted, I caught my connecting flight and forged a clear-headed Christmas. I hope you all did the same.   

With the close of 2011, a lot of bloggers are doing their resolutions for 2012. Although I find reading them entertaining I've never been a serious contender for such things. Probably because I'm pathetically proficient at breaking resolutions. 

So I'll just reflect a little, if I may.

2011 served up a delightful array of new opportunities. One of my favorite online endeavors was getting acquainted with Pinterest. If you're not familiar with the site, it's a lot like bookmarking a website only on Pinterest you're bookmarking images. You create virtual bulletin boards to "pin" photos or drawings that trip your fancy. I like to scroll through other peoples' boards while watching TV with the Hubby. It's mindless, easy and enjoyable. Click on the link and you can see what's on my "boards."  

I thought I'd share some of the cute images. And accompany them with a short New Year's missive. Here goes: 


2011 was a good year. Yes, there were a few instances where I catapulted into some dark recesses.  


And, yes, there were certain things I could have done better. But I suppose that's true for all of us, right? 

Sometimes I'll read that regret is pointless and tends to drain us of our energy. I disagree. I think regret is a God-given emotion to help us make amends where we need to.  







Forgiveness and humility go a long way in spreading the love.














Is it really that difficult? Most of us are more alike than we are different anyway.











I think it's good to remind each other that they're not alone and that this too shall pass. 


Especially while we're on the cusp of a new year. 






This is not the end. Great things are ahead. So...





2012 is a good year to have a good year!







We're going to do some pretty epic things in 2012.











Naturally there will be obstacles. They're what build our stamina and hone our creativity, right?







But if this is our mantra, there'll be no stopping us!








And when 2012 is over, in a year from now, we'll be content with saying...













And just like Mary, we'll toss our hat into the air with a victory smile across our face because through it all, we're going to make it.  








And at this year's end, please know that I'm honored that you took the time to visit my little ole blog.

Happy 2012!
As always,

14 comments:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Wishing you a wonderful New Year my dear friend...2011 brought us together and 2012 will bring us further along our paths to be published..wishing you a beautiful year!

FlowerLady said...

Dear, dear Grace ~ May 2012 be filled with much joy and many blessings.

FlowerLady

Alison said...

Happy New Year Grace! I hope your year is full of great things!

Mindy said...

Awww, what a thoughtful post.
Best wishes to you in the new year to come!

Lona said...

LOL! So cute.
I do not make resolutions either. Why lie to everyone and myself. LOL!
Glad to hear you are feeling better.
Blessing to you in this New Year we have entered.And may the book deal go through!

Janet Beckwith Macy said...

I loved this post and all the signs along the way.

Thanks for sharing.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Lovely! Grace, you are so right about amends, humility and forgiveness.

All the best in the new year. :)

linniew said...

Well that was cool! I loved most the baby with the headphones and the rock/paper/scissors people... Oh another year Gracie, and are we ready or what?! CHARGE! (And I am not talking about the visa card here.)
xo L

Joanne said...

I like the 2012 journey here, especially the visual of Mary Tyler Moore at the end ... What an iconic moment that is ... Happy New Year :)

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Your post made me smile, Grace!
I want to thank you for your comment on my post about killing our forest. One of the worst parts of the story is that that person who did it lives in our neighborhood and used to walk his own dog in that forest. When prices on timber went up he swapped another property for this piece of land with the only purpose - to harvest trees and sell them to China...
Thanks again!

Kathleen said...

I love it Grace! What a clever post. I've recently become addicted to Pinterest too. I can't seem to pull myself away. Hope it's a phase as I already spend too much time on the computer.
Happy New Year to you too. I hope your writing (gardening & other) dreams are fulfilled this year. I sure enjoy reading your posts.

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Grace, This post made me realize I really should visit more often. This posting is thought-provoking and funny. I hope your dreams come true in 2012. P. x

Lauren Alissa Hunter said...

You’re right about us all having a lot more in common than we realize! The most common thing is probably our fear of exposing something we believe we’ll be judged for… Kind of makes you wonder what would happen if everyone learned to open up a bit more.

That’s a goal of mine for 2012—transparency and candor!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Been years since I did resolutions. I do like the thoughts you posted. My favorite.... Do epic shit! (of course!)

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