Friday, January 11, 2013


Christmas is over and the new year is coming at me quickly. I am already 11 days in and feeling as if it may be moving even more quickly than the months leading up to Christmas.
It will be 75 degrees here this weekend. I suppose in just a few will be time for summer vacation.

As I say at the start of each new year, I do not set resolutions. I have failed too many times in the past to set myself up for that again, but I do acknowledge that with each new year there is a sense of newness.  A starting point.....just like the first Monday of a new diet or the first day of a new semester in school. A place where one can feel victorious.

There is something inside me that makes me want to throw away old things, start a new journal, clean out linen closets, rearrange some furniture and buy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to replace the boxes of Christmas candies and cookies.I want to eat right and exercise and make my bed up every morning. I want to be on time and delete my email messages right after I read them. I am at the starting point...and it is all still possible.

I want to experience the new in the New Year and not just in the first few weeks.
I am excited about what is ahead.
I am hopeful and happy.
I am free to try and free to fail.....and free to experience the goodness that comes from a fresh start. There is no slate that has been wiped clean, no big change that has taken is just an attitude in my heart.
New.... I feel it!
Now....what am I going to do with it?
2013... A NEW year.

I realize I am a little late with the holiday wishes, but....
Happy New Year to you and yours!
I hope it will be our very best year yet!


  1. Happy New Year to you too friend!
    I have a few things in mind that I want to strive for this year, but I don't put the pressure on myself to keep tight to any one resolution. Like you described, the clean slate and fresh start is what I always look forward to each January.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Happy New Year,too...

    I love the idea of a clean slate!

  3. I feel the exact same way as Nicolle, but I do like the idea of a journal... and I could use a little reorganization too!

    I was also going to tell you that I tagged you to an old IG picture of my living room-- so let me know if it didn't show up and I'll send one to you!

  4. I feel the same way. Get rid of the clutter and start fresh. Just threw out the last of the Christmas cookies. Feels good. Just saw you were on Instagram. Will be following! Have a great week Jen.

  5. i love the feeling of freshness and newness the beginning of the new year brings too.:)
    i'm usually ruinning around like a crazy woman seeing what i can purge and lighten a bit...especailly after the hustle of the holidays.
    and a new clean calendar...ahhhhh!!
    have a happy day jen