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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We Interrupt Your Tour of Key West for an Important Message

Here it is...another New Year's Eve. It hardly seems possible it's been a full year since we ushered in 2014, but I suppose that's another tiny little sign telling me that I'm another year older, too.

It's about now, when my blood sugar levels are through the roof from holiday goodies someone is always handing me (okay, maybe I pick up the holiday goodies, but someone makes them awfully available), I know I'm ready for a change. The excess of gifts, food, and parties has left me tired and at least 10 pounds heavier. There's something in my soul that says it's time to stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Despite a few challenges in 2014, I know I've been blessed. But what lies ahead?

There have been scary things going on in our world both far away and very close to home. I can barely stand to watch the evening news bombard me with the latest terrible events, and only hope there's a plan somewhere in all this. I realize there's not much I'm able to do to change the world. I can only soldier on and do my best, fortified by family, friends, and an occasional Heath Bar Blizzard. Who knows? Maybe 2015 will be the year the evening news has only good things to report. Hope provides the possibility that prevents us from giving up.

If you've ever bought a lottery ticket or entered a contest, you've taken a chance. You take a chance because you have hope. It's endlessly fun to mull over what awesome things you would do if you win. A new year is sort of like a lottery ticket, but better. It gives us both the opportunity and the excuse to take a chance we might not have taken before.

I personally am a resolution maker, in my mind if not on paper. Who doesn't love the idea of accomplishing something new and wonderful? Or wish for the chance to make amends for past failings? Or conquer a bad habit? Like opening the pages of a new book, anything seems possible on January 1.

So as we contemplate our 2015, Indy, Bogey, and I want to thank you for spending another year with us. We appreciate all of you, and send wishes for a happy, healthy, and successful new year.

I'm hoping to make some new and exciting changes in my 2015. How about you?


Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Happy New Year. We hope the evening news becomes less depressing to watch too.

Sketching with Dogs said...

It's so true, I dread reading the news these days. Yes, what have we got if not hope.
Hope you all have a very Happy New Year Pat.
Lynne x

Sioux Roslawski said...

Losing some weight would be marvelous. And finishing my WIP would be a miracle.

Have a great evening, Pat--and have a Heath Bar Blizzard to celebrate.

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

I have set a list of hopefully achievable goals for 2015. I would like it to be a more balanced and relaxed year.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015!
Hailey, Zaphod and their Lady

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

That 10 pounds you mentioned? I think I've got it here. Gah.

Great post, Pat, and you said much of what I've been thinking and feeling as 2014 winds down. Hope your 2015 is everything you want it to be!

Ryker said...

Happy New Year Pat. Yes, hope is a wonderful thing! I don't watch the news anymore,too scary. Resolutions, that is more a a daily thing for me.

Linda O'Connell said...

Oh I am right there with you popping the sweets. I must finish this blueberry crumb coffee cake and THEN call it quits.

I can't bear to watch the news either. May we both be five pounds lighter by Jan 15, 2015.

A Tonl said...

Sounds like a PLAN to us!

Happy HAPPY Mew Year to you!!!

Donna Volkenannt said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, Pat. One big goal I plan to accomplish this year is to de-clutter. Each week I plan to get rid of at least one bag of items that someone else can use. I started early this week by donating three bags and one box of clothing and household items to a thrift store. And I've got another bag sitting at the door ready to go.

Tammy said...

Had never really thought about it before, but the new year is like buying a lottery ticket. Enjoyed this post and hope you win big this year, Pat!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

I gave up resolutions years ago... best thing ever!

That being said, I found a diet that works for me... I made a few changes in 2014 and to my surprise, they made me healthier!

I took the battery out of the scale. Bought a fit bit and do my best to reach 10K steps a day. And I try to eat a salad every day.

It wasn't about what I can't do. I had ice cream every night in the summer. But I did ask myself if I could be happy with a scoop in a tiny bowl instead of half a pint... and most days I could.

When surgery was looming, I knew I would have to get on a scale. (I had refused to do this even for my doctor.) To my surprise, I had lost 18 pounds.

So I plan to continue with particular goal in mind. Just health! And watching as little "news" as possible!

Anonymous said...

Sniff. Sob. I got bumped...but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, Pat.

Unknown said...

Love this post, Pat. You are so right about watching the news. I can hardly bear it sometimes, and I often wonder where we are all headed. But I still do believe that we each can bring about overall change by doing our own small part, making a difference right here and now, with and for the people in our lives. Like right here and now with your blog post. Thanks so much for inspiring me this morning -- and happy 2015!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Pat. The news hasn't been great so far. Hope it's going well for you.