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Goodbye 2015 & Hello 2016

It’s hard to believe but the year is nearly over. By the time midnight rolls around I imagine that thousands of drinks will be consumed; multiple resolutions made and simultaneously dismissed; families and friends will congregate to enjoy the final moments of the year together; and for some of us we will find ourselves alone – as always.

I will be the first to admit that I need the time alone. I am one of those individuals who loves to be with others in small doses, but I need to be able to recharge my batteries and for me that means being alone. The space and silence of being alone give me time to reflect and write. It gives me the opportunity to truly appreciate the time I spend with my family and friends and to realize how lucky I am that they can give me the space I require without a fuss.

As I think about the upcoming year and what I want to achieve I know that my goals for myself are aggressive. I have big plans I intend to pursue my dreams to the fullest extent of my spirit. Part of those plans, the toughest part most likely, will be the balance. I get caught up in the excitement of a new project, a new challenge, a new hobby or dream, and I sometimes burn out. I let other things slide and then I lose my way. So although I’m not making any resolutions for 2016 I am looking at my goals and working on the baby steps that will get me there. I hope that by this time next year I can faithfully report that I have made progress towards those goals and that I maintained a sense of sanity while I went about chasing them.

The funny thing about goals and plans and the idea of control is that we really don’t have any. Life has a way of kicking our feet out from under us when we think that we have it all figured out but I’ve noticed in 2015 that those were the times when I grew the most. Not to say it was always pleasant but it was the necessary step I needed to move towards my goal. Or to realize I had strayed off the path and needed to get turned around and headed in the right direction once more.

I am grateful for all the blessings that came my way in 2015. I didn’t always appreciate them the way that I should have but I can see how lucky I have been this year. And I am going to take the lessons I learned this year and keep applying them as we move forward.

I found the below online, I don’t remember where but I wish I could find it again so I could credit the author. I’ve looked at this list periodically and no matter what is going on in my life something on this list always applies. I hope that you find as much wisdom, strength, and motivation from it as I do.

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Until next year my friends and fellow travelers. I wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that in 2016 you not only join me on my journey but that you achieve all your goals as well.

Family Time!

Some time with the family before work starts! It’s good to spend time with all of us – and Mom is having a good day. I’m very grateful for days like today – who knows how many more we will get. We need to stockpile these memories for the days ahead. Every day with Mom is a day we weren’t sure we would have so it’s definitely a blessing.

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Almost Independence Day

One of my favorite holidays is tomorrow and I can only pray that the idiots down the street who have already been lighting fireworks, even with the ban in place, don’t cause a bigger problem. It’s so dry here that one little spark could set everything ablaze.

I spent the afternoon with Mom and it’s hard to see her so frail. Today was pretty good but just walking around her own house wipes her energy level to zero and it’s hard to watch. She and Dad are both in good spirits though and the doctor seems pleased with her progress, so all in all her battle with cancer is going well. Every day she gets a little stronger and that is what we all have to remain focused on. Even when it’s hard to remember.

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Another long day…

So glad today is done. Well almost. At least work is over and if I’m really lucky I will be able to sleep tonight. And if I don’t sleep I will always think I should have been able to. One day closer to vacation and I’m off tomorrow! I have a to do list a mile long, but it will be nice to have nothing to do with work! Maybe I’ll spend the whole day writing….that sounds like heaven to me!

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It’s been a crazy year so far…

More than 1/2 the year is over…and it’s been crazy. Health issues have caused things to be more stressful and chaotic than originally planned, but we are all hanging in there. Today, at least, was a good day, and tomorrow is going to be good as well. I will be the first to admit that this year has not been exactly what I had planned, but as someone once said “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” That has been absolutely the truth so far and I don’t expect anything to change just because we are heading into July.

On the flipside, it won’t be to much longer before I’m on vacation, and I need it. I’m looking forward to relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends. I only pray that everything goes smoothly, because this vacation time is going to have to last. I need to store enough magic to make it through not only the rest of 2013 but most likely, all of 2014 as well.

12 years ago today I watched one of my best friends marry the man of her dreams. They are still going strong and more in love today then they were then. Watching them, watching my parents who celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last weekend it gives me hope. Hope that tomorrow will be a better day. Hope that I will continue to find friends to join me on this wild and crazy journey we call life. Hope that the health issues facing my family will not defeat us.

Hope for a better future and acceptance of the days that have come before. I don’t know that anything can be better than that, but who knows, tomorrow is a new day and a new adventure!

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Wish me luck….

It’s the second day of the year and I’m not looking forward to January in the world of pharmacy benefits. I know that we will all make it through the chaos but that doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to working in the nonsense for the next 30 days or so.

On a happier note, I have my vacation to look forward to…only 228 days to go! Now comes the hard part…finding decent airfare, etc.

My thought for today is simple…get to work – get through the hours until time to come home – and stay sane! Especially since I have a ton of homework to finish when I get home.

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Happy New Year!

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A new beginning started today! I have no idea where this year will take me but I’m ready for the change. I am looking forward to focusing on my goals and achieving them this year. 2013 will be my year and I plan to enjoy the entire ride.

So here’s to all of us….my this year be peaceful, successful, and happy for everyone. May we all live our dreams and have enough of the good things so that we can deal with the bad things that may occur.

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