Happy New Year everyone

December 31, 2016

How are you feeling about closing down this last year?
I’m thinking that I’m very happy to be putting 2016 behind me. I’m so done with the shenanigans of this monkey year. But I’m also grateful for the lessons and opportunities it has brought me.

I was thinking of writing this post and thought that maybe it should be some kind of deep and meaningful post. You know, that kind of almost obligatory post about New Year’s resolutions and plans of action for life and then thought better of that. To be honest, some days I can’t even find two minutes to put together let alone come up with enough time to formulate a life action plan.

I don’t know about you, but these days New Year’s resolutions seemed to have morphed from the sensible (if rather mundane) things like quit drinking, lose ten pounds, take up knitting, to the scrutiny of all personal defects, followed by a detailed action plan for reinvention!

Last year, largely due to over optimism, (and maybe a little over wine-ism), I picked the word “action” as my theme for 2016, and this evening I feel like I may have over-reached on the whole resolution thing or perhaps ACTION, the way I saw it, was too big a word, I don’t know, but I’m struck by the whole concept of not achieving the action I feel like I should have. On the other hand, I have had some gains in the action department, with daily yoga, better health, more personal knowledge, closer relationships, etc…still the action in my business wasn’t as actionable as I have meant it to be.

Now I’m reexamining the whole concept, (and personal defects), but rather than running head first into the total reinvention plan, I think I will go back to my one faithful and sensible resolution: to stop running out of time and start running into it instead. And, if a word is needed to describe 2017, let it be a more sensible word. I still like the word ameliorate. To mostly ameliorate everything in my life. Yes, that’s a good one. I’ve used it before and I’m still not done with it.

How about you all. Have you formed an action plan? Chosen a word? Or have you thrown the whole thing out the window and let life just come as it may? Actually, I think I might prefer to do just that.

Whatever you do dear friends, I send you love for the New Year. More than love, I hope that health, happiness and prosperity are yours in 2017.

Happy New Year. 😀

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  • Reply Masha January 1, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Gorgeous girls and gorgeous pictures. For the last few years a word has chosen me, this year it’s “commitment” I’ll see how it touches me and how it unfolds. Happy New Year.

  • Reply Cecilia Gunther January 1, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Good Morning and Happy New Year to you too! I so agree about not bothering to get deep and meaningful. It can be so exhausting after a while. I have no words or resolutions – nothing like that. It is not a conscious choice – I just forgot. I hope you have a lovely family day. Your pictures give me the impression you will – so much beautiful light and colour. It is quiet as usual here. John is still out of work. Just a normal day living with a pessimist. It can be difficult to maintain a joyful attitude in the face of it but everyone is different and loving the differences is part of life’s challenge. I guess that must be how I feel this morning. I don’t mind you reading it but then delete this comment I think. Much love.. c

  • Reply Carole Reid January 1, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Happy New Year to you as well, Veronica.
    May you be filled with love, joy, peace, inspiration, health and heaps of fun!
    So far 2017 has been good……I slept in, my husband had coffee ready for me and I have a stack of new journals and canvases to work on.
    xo Carole

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm January 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Hey V .. I have decided for 2017, that I need to spend more time in my garden and do things that I long to do. Which sounds like it might be time to do another course or online learning. Whatever happens I’m looking forward to the NY. Love these photos dear V, the light and colours are soooo good! 😀 Happy happy NY to you and yours. May it be so special – healthy, happy and filled with love. Julie x

  • Reply Sara Vinas January 2, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Hi Veronica, Happy happy New Year to you and your beautiful, precious family. I am with the “throw it out the window” contingency. I’m still recovering from the unmitigated disaster that was my life in the fall of 2015. Taking a day at a time, thankful that my mom is still with us and that my amazing sister lives with her. Thankful that all the kids are in good health and happy. Thankful for friends, like you who make me smile, and those lovely moments when I am overwhelmed by the wonder in and the abundance of joy in our lives. Wishing you a year of joy and abundance also. Love and hugs Sara <3

  • Reply Tammie January 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Such lovely images
    and sweet granddaughters
    ameliorate is inspiring, setting a task that is most likely do-able
    wishing you a year that feels good to you

  • Reply leslie harris January 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Who are these adorable little girls Veronica, I re-read your post and didn’t see….? I do like your word but i confess, i had to look it up again, since I’ve not thought of it in that context before. I don’t do words, I’ve become sort of rebellious about the whole word idea, feeling oddly resistant to this pressure we all feel at the start of a new year to ‘do’ something…period. I much prefer to spread out my energies-to-change–throughout the year, safer that way 🙂 Also I could relate to your feelings in retrospect about not being “actionable” enough hahaha….those darn words!
    I sure love your photos, you’re so good at taking those slice of life pictures.

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