The Best Of 2018

We’re almost there – 2019.

How has your 2018 been ?

Mine was simply put, awesome. 

OK.

Spectacularly awesome.

This is not to say I didn’t have low points . A LOT of people I knew died in 2018 and that is always hard for the living. I quit my beloved job due to stress. Stress caused because I was not able to positively affect change in a hostile environment, even though I tried so hard. So BOO! to that.

I lost some friends and that altered my social scene greatly. All because of a meme, a shitty reaction and my rigid integrity. ( My integrity was also a factor in leaving my job too. I don’t regret either but there is a cost, to be sure. ) 

Then there is all the family stuff. Not my stories to tell but I can say they involve a major break up and a major break down. All on the mend now, positively. I’m very relieved and happy to say.

Now! On to the spectacular.

In February, the Hubs and I went to Las Vegas, Nevada! Where we took the best selfie in the history of selfies:

Enjoyed the champagne a little TOO much:

That is what I look like after drinking an entire bottle of champagne minus one small glass, ha!

Drove to the Grand Canyon!!!

And took another great selfie. Soon to be the cover of our next sick album:

Total Dorks.

Our Grandson, OV was born -whilst we were in Vegas! I was supposed to be there! I’ve forgiven him. It just means we got to meet him earlier than expected 🙂 )

I realized a life long dream and went to Tanzania!

Words cannot adequately convey just how grateful I am for this experience. It was like magic. I do promise to complete my travel posts, in good time. I still have so many stories to share.

And in between the lows and the highs I’ve loved the ordinary too. Nothing beats watching the sun come up, even though I’ve seen a thousand different sunrises. And I do so adore sitting on my couch, hot cup of coffee in my hand, surrounded by pets who think I’m the bees knees, enjoying the peace and quiet.  I think the ordinary is really where life is at 🙂 Its where we spend most of our time after all. And when you think about this:

The ordinary stops feeling so … ordinary!

So, tell me! What were your lowlights and highlights of 2018? What were your beloved in betweens? 

I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours?

  1. Name the hardest thing you experienced this year?
  2. Name the easiest!
  3. What friendships inspired you the most?
  4. Where and how were you most helpful in this world?
  5. What brought out a sense a wonder in you ?
  6. What was your greatest mistake?
  7. What was your greatest success?
  8. What scared the crap out of you?
  9. When were you brave?
  10. How did you best love yourself?
  11. How did you best love others?
  12. Name one embarrassing moment!
  13. Brag about one thing shamelessly
  14. What was your biggest lesson in 2018?

I love lists and I love reflecting. Won’t you join me in doing so? Take my questions and answer them here or on your own blog. (Please be sure to link back to me so I can see them!)

  1. Name the hardest thing you experienced this year? Choosing between people I liked, loved even, and my strong moral code. The choosing wasn’t hard, I knew what I was doing was right, it was hard because I went against the wishes of people and that hurt them. My work child and her mum, especially.
  2. Name the easiest! Spending time with and loving the stuffing out of my grandbabies. Enjoying my pets and finally having enough in me to give them their due!
  3. What friendships inspired you the most? I have a friend, I met at work who is the softest, kindest, least judgemental person on the planet. Just being with her, is like being in a perma-hug. We’ve never been close but this year, she really figured prominently in my life with her kind words and her soothing way of being. She inspired me to keep opening myself up to softness and vulnerability.
  4. Where and how were you most helpful in this world? With people. My main agenda in life is to inspire, empower and encourage others. I am your biggest fan. A perpetual cheerleader.
  5. What brought out a sense a wonder in you ? Nature. Always Nature. In particular the sky and the animals I met in Tanzania.
  6. What was your greatest mistake? Staying at my job longer than my expiration date and living in the past.
  7. What was your greatest success? Quitting my job to shock of EVERYONE who knows me and travelling as my weird and witchy self 🙂
  8. What scared the crap out of you? Flying into and landing at an airport in a wee plane, sideways. All skitchy and out of control!
  9. When were you brave? All of last year. Every day. Living each moment. Experiencing the unknown.
  10. How did you best love yourself? I spent the last year, keeping my promises, listening to my body, heart, soul and mind and really cultivating boundaries and a personal code of honour.
  11. How did you best love others? I have tried my best to become a better listener and to love people exactly as they are.
  12. Name one embarrassing moment! Ha! The time I got “trapped ” in a washroom in Amsterdam behind a door I was pushing on when I should have been pulling. It had a very strong magnet as well as a lock so when I did try to pull it, I wasn’t using enough force. I called out to the loooong line of ladies waiting in the common area and they assisted me. *groan!
  13. Brag about one thing shamelessly! I am brave, kind, loving and wise. I am a badass divine being of light. (You are too)
  14. What was your biggest lesson in 2018? You have to take full responsibility for your life and everything in it. Your experience is entirely up to you. You own you. You owe you. Blaming other people is just a waste of your precious time. If you want something YOU have to make it happen. YOU are responsible for your own happiness…your own … everything!

Ok. Now its your turn!