Here I am … another year has gone by.
2018 has come and gone in the blink of an eye.
It really IS hard to believe. I feels like forever ago we had the winter Olympics and it was only this past February!
Thank you for joining me on my life journey, genealogy search, recipes I’ve posted, my worldly travels and other tid bits. I am most certainly looking forward to another year of blogging with you and reading yours.
Even though this year has had its fair share of downs, heart ache and pain – I am still grateful for the experiences – they offer opportunities to learn and grow. They teach me to be strong in the face of adversity.
I’ve also had done and had some amazing things happen throughout 2018 …
- Celebrated by gramma’s 84th Birthday!
- Did cupping for the 1st time, which worked and it really fixed my sore back and hip areas
- Enjoyed the 2018 Winter Olympics
- Took Via Rail Business class for the 1st time – was a great experience – I’d recommend it
- Did a trial 30 day trial of whole food, plant based diet
- Took my kids to Cuba in March (it was their Christmas gift)
- Went with my friend Barb D to the final taping of The Rick Mercer Show
- Went to a RAPTORS Playoff game thanks to my friend Greg
- Had the most immense pleasure of spending an evening with one of the most spectacular beings on the planet — Jane Goodall
- For the 1st time I went for high tea at Harry Ten Schilling in Shakespeare ON
- Went to some pretty great concerts: The Killers, Lorde, Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Default, Pressa, Nazareth, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, City and Colour, Sam Roberts Band, Nelly
- Went to The Stratford Festival to see To Kill A Mockingbird
- Wished my eldest a happy 25th birthday!
- Went to the horse races at Mohawk Raceway
- Filled my soul at Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
- Spent a gorgeous long weekend with friends a her camp on Manitoulin Island
- Attended some comedy shows
- Had a FaceTime chat with Pressa
- Went on a dinner cruise with friends on Lake Ontario
- Said “see you soon” to my eldest daughter who moved to Ho Chi Minh City to teach English for a year
- Completed the Landmark Forum in September and created the possibility of moving to SEAsia in 2020!
- My youngest turned 20 years old and moved to Vancouver
- Spent a week in Vancouver visiting my youngest and touring the greater Vancouver area
- Robin Sharma – leadership guru and spiritual mastery coach liked one of my tweets!
- My blog hit 10,000 views!
- Booked a trip to Vietnam for the whole month of February 2019
- I donated blood for the very first time
- Re-launched my Arbonne business
- Ate at many great restaurants. Had some fun times with great friends. Reacquainted with old ones. Spent time with family.
Thank you 2018 for another incredible year – even though it was far from perfect – the problems I face are still 1st world problems.
At the end of the day, I have my health, my family is well, I have a good job, a roof over my head and food in my belly. I have friends and family who love me. Life. Is. Good.
God/Universe: Continue to bless me with the gift of a new day and I will continue to keep learning, growing and finding my path. I will never take the easy path, just because it’s safe – I will continue to search for the road less traveled, the ones that push me outside of my comfort zone – as I know life begins there.
I will take better care of myself mentally and physically. I will start taking better of myself – working out, eating clean. I will be more spiritual and heal emotionally. I will continue to love without condition. I will continue to do for others when they need me. I will also (hard to admit) work on my patience – it’s the one virtue I struggle most with. Just keep letting me thank the man upstairs for letting me open my eyes and I will continue to keep working hard.
Everyone: Wishing you and yours a most blessed New Year filled with love, joy, prosperity and happiness.
To dad: Bringing in another year without you is heartbreaking – I regret the memories that we will never be able to experience together – but, I cherish more than ever the ones we did. I miss you.
If you’re always looking back at what you’ve lost, you’ll never discover the treasure that lies just up ahead.