Speaking of cards last night reminded me –
I bought Thank You cards, and I have full intention of sending them out this year. So I need to get on the ball. That will be my mission for this coming up week. I need to make sure the people I appreciate KNOW that I appreciate them. I try to be vocal with my appreciation, but sometimes a written words can feel like so much more!
I Can Improve #3:
Send thank you cards for Christmas gifts before January next year. Get them out before January 15th this year.
I’m always full of good intention but more often than not find I psych myself out.
I surprised myself with sending out Christmas cards for the 2nd year in a row. As in I bought, filled out, stamped, addressed, and MAILED them. Many more years, I have gone so far as to stamp them, and they still didn’t get out. Everyone started sending out the beautiful photo cards, so I became filled with a strange fear that mine would be looked at as cheep or chintzy. Last year, I decided I just don’t care. I’ll send them out anyway – at least my family and friends will know I’m thinking of them. I have to spend $40 just on stamps to send cards to family. By the time I add in all my friends, it’s at least another $20. So folks will just have to understand that I cannot spend a significant amount on the cards themselves. The 2 boxes if cards picture are only half of what I sent out this year! Plus I sent out a few individually purchased cards, too. Think about all the love that was shared!
I Can Improve:
I need to keep my address book updated, and keep a list somewhere of folks I want to send cards to, because when you’re making out 50+ cards for family alone, sometimes your brain gets filled and you don’t remember to make them out to each of your friends as well!
New month, new focus for positive thinking. January will be about things I can do better. Some may overlap or repeat, depending on my day.
Today I made New Year’s Day soup: kale (leafy greens for folding money), black eyed pea (legumes for coin money), & potato soup. I seasoned it with garlic & onion & a ham hock. And served it with corn bread (gold). A not-so-traditional southern-style meal. I think it turned out fabulously, and daughter even said (reluctantly), “So I will admit, this is really good.”
Things I can improve, day #1:
I need to have more confidence in my recipe ideas. Once upon a time, I would have ignored the urge to make this meal and would have just eaten black eyed peas by myself.
A day of reflection, celebration, and anticipation. Many folks think too much emphasis is put into “fresh starts” in the new year. However, I think any fresh start is a good one, so carry on folks! Resolute your way into happiness if it works for you.
I wish goodness and happiness, healthfulness and helpfulness, gratitude and positive attitudes for you all. Lend a hand, show compassion, love passionately, and create a wonderful life for yourself and those around you.
Happy New Year family, friends, and strangers. May you all achieve personal greatness!
1) A day spent with my best girl, hanging out, running errands, and accidentally napping.
2) Big smiles, squeals of excitement, and cuddles from my Nephew.
3) A celebration with new friends, ringing in the new year.
Life is good, y’all. Give what you want to get, and make the world a better place. xoxo
Home again home again, jiggety jig. Man is it cold up here! Damn I miss the Florida warmth (but not so much the humidity)!
1) Feels good to be home.
2) Relaxing after a busy weekend feels fantastic.
3) Presents from my sweet friend Kristine.
Last day enjoying vacation. 🙂 Downtown Disney, then driving home.
1) Still so grateful for time with family I don’t see often.
2) Love seeing my daughter sparkle with joy.
3) For some reason, I love when my sister texts me just to check in & see how things are going. Missing her & her boys!