Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

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!



  1. Wondeful post! I always feel a connection to you regarding this - I'm always trying to find that "thing" too. I've been practicing just chilling out! lol - But do want to get back to writing and my blog this year. Wishing you the best, Jen!!

  2. Tracy: I think my post for each new year is the same!! I always want to get back to writing and crafting but in a way that is authentic to who I am NOW. This is the closest I've ever been to the ME I feel inside. I know this changes as we grow, but this year I feel at peace with where I'm headed. That has never before been the case. All the best to YOU!! xo

  3. Glad it was a good Christmas for you!
    I'm looking forward to some 'being time' in the future. Like to take a big chunk of time off this summer from everything and just enjoy.

  4. Hi Jen! Popped over to say HNY to you! You have that attitude down pat and it comes through that you're enjoying your new life! Yeah, I love that analogy about writing style. I share with Madeleine L'Engle. My pots are simmering, boiling over and going off the boil...all at once. I just wish I could find time to organise my writing life. Hmm. Worthy goal. :-)

  5. I'll be first in line to see what you serve up this year! You are a fine word chef. My word for the year is Evolve. It's my way of saying embrace change, grown, and prosper.
    Happy 2016!

  6. Your posts always make me smile. I definitely have some plans for the year, but I'm mostly trying to focus on the days ahead. Right now, for example, I'm groggy and feeling stuffy during a break at work. Eventually I'll get passed this feeling, I'm sure, and then the true plans can begin. :)


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