Thank you for my word of the year: Trust, a word that really came in handy when situations got foggy or hard or were simply unknown. I was able to let go of it all and put my trust in the greater good. It was a word that encouraged me to set aside anxiety, to set aside the Universal Remote and relax into uncertainty.
Thank you for these two human creatures:
Two great little kids who bring me nothing but love and lessons, silly fun and a squishy heart.
Thank you for my dream animal encounter:
This Raven left a group of people who were feeding him, all the way down the parking lot to our truck, to hang out with ME.
I AM THE CHOSEN ONE!
Ha Ha Ha. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!
THEN, his mate flew in from a tree somewhere, for a visit too!
They were both super bold, not aggressive just unbothered by our humanness. At times they was SO close to me I could have reached out and touched them. I didn’t though, out of respect for the moment. I thought the female was going to hop on my shoulder t one point, she just kept moving closer and closer! But I guess she was respecting the moment too.
We chit chatted in English and Raven for quite awhile, close to 30 mins before they fly into the trees for a snooze. Dream come true!
Thank you 2019 for the MIRENA IUD:
For all your hormone-y goodness that helps me live a normal life every month. Life changer. This seems funny to me to include on this list and hell, it may seem weird to you but when one has lived as I have lived, one is inclined to give thanks where thanks is due!
Thank you 2019 for March 18. The first day after Winter I was able to go for a walk without a jacket and be comfortable! Three more months to go ❤
Thanks for BOOKS. GLORIOUS BOOKS!
And libraries too ❤
I read 133 books in 2019 beating my Reading Challenge by 8 books. Woot Woot! My goal for next year shall be…hmmmm….135 bookeroos!
Last but not least:
Thanks 2019 for all the lovely humans who pass by my little corner of the Universe by way of this place on the Interwebs.
If you’ve ever read, liked, commented or met me in real life, you’ve had a positive impact on me and I thank you! I feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by so many intelligent, kind, fun and thoughtful people and I appreciate you SO MUCH.
Here’s to a kind and compassionate 2020.
May we be peaceful, happy, well, safe and free from suffering.
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:
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?