Well, hello there! Happy 2016! I certainly hope your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/New Year's Celebrations (and any I may have missed) were blessed and joyous. We journeyed north (ahem - back to metro-Atlanta) to visit family and had a wonderful time! It was present mayhem and casserole chaos. Exactly how a southern Christmas should be.
Settling back into the swing of "normal" life has been much, much easier this year. Last holiday season was a real drag for us. It was tougher than we thought moving 250 miles from where we were both born and raised. And living on one, meager income is enough make anyone consider if they made the right decision or not.
I'm happy to say we did and this New Year finds us both in wonderful jobs and enjoying life as it comes. And I'm happy to say it's coming slowly.
There's something to be said for just enjoying life. Not running or pushing forward at breakneck speed. For my entire life - at least as far back as I can remember- I have constantly FOUGHT for what I thought would launch me into stardom. Every interest from college degrees to music has always been backed by the urge to strive for the "big time". But something shifted this past November. I realized I was happy. Life isn't perfect (is it ever?) but it's good. We're moving forward and I have some plans in line for the coming months. Plans that reflect what I truly WANT to spend my time in. Mostly, though, I plan to enjoy the days as they come. At work or at home, reading, writing, crafting or ringing up herbal supplements in Ye Olde Natural Food Shoppe : I want to simply enjoy BE-ing.
What about you? Any big plans for the coming year? Letting some old thoughts simmer on the stove while you toss in a bit here, a bit more there? Madeleine L'Engle once compared her method of writing to the cooking style of a French peasant cook. Many pots on the stove with ingredients going here and there until she looked at the one that was closest to being done was the one she decided to take off the burner and garnish. I've got pots bubbling away and I'm enjoying the nuggets I'm tossing in. Who knows which one will be brought to the front first? All I know is I'm excited to see where I'll find myself (and what pot I'll be holding) when I write my first post next year!