Here it is the end of 2013, and what a year it's been. Like all years, it's been a mixture of good things and not so good things. It's certainly been a year of personal growth for me. I've learned the importance of saying no and giving myself permission to not be perfect at everything I try (or don't try because I won't be any good at it). I've learned to listen to myself and stand up for myself. I've welcomed being still and quieting the negative inner dialogue that often rears its ugly head. In retrospect, the challenges I faced this year helped me focus on what was working in my life and what wasn't. I worked on strengthening those things that work and letting go of the things that don't work so well. The changes I've made have all been good.
Linda Baie has the following quote in her blog:
Rainer Maria Rilke: "And now, we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."
I find that I keep going back to it. Many changes await my family...some that I can plan for and others that will be totally unexpected. Our house is up for sale, which means that we will be living in a new place next year. It's a little scary and at the same time very exciting. All 3 kids will be in different places in their lives too, as they move to new jobs, first jobs, and new universities.
I used to fear the unknown. I don't anymore. I've come to realize just how resilient I am. I'm looking forward to the "things that have never been." There are so many possibilities that will bring opportunities for trying new things and learning more about myself.
I wish all of you a very happy and blessed New Year!
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