With Christmas just around the corner, I'm looking beyond the holiday with anticipation of the new year, of 2011. For the upcoming new year presents opportunities for me to pursue my dreams, my plans for new possibilities in ways never before imagined. Maybe it's age, maybe it's a more peaceful outlook and acceptance for what is ... and isn't, but whatever the reason, I'm more excited to pursue the opportunities coming my way in 2011 than I have in recent years past.
This is the year I will finally take advantage of the fact permanent employment outside the home is not likely to happen. And that's a wonderful thing. A magical thing. A scary thing. A breathtaking thing. A thing I will do my very best to make the very most of by doing what I love and watching the money follow.
This is the year I drop the "first-time grandma" title. I have a grandson due to arrive the end of May, a grandson who will make a joyful noise playing not second fiddle but accompanying fiddle to my precious first grandson, Bubby. I'm thrilled by the prospect of becoming a grandma again, a grandma to more than one.
This is the year I will take advantage of the tremendous opportunities to become better. To become better at nourishing my body, my mind, my soul. To become better at writing books and blog posts, taking (and editing with Photoshop) awesome photos, playing piano regularly after pooping out after becoming unemployed and too anxious to plunk the keys. And to become better at spinning pizza dough ... just because I can. Most importantly, this is the year I will become better about letting each and every person in my life know how very glad I am to have them in my life.
This also is the year that I'm pretty darn sure the Prize Patrol from Publishers Clearing House will finally come knocking at my door. It's usually only older people who win, which means I'm so in the running for it. I've licked enough stickers and scrolled through enough "Order Now" offers that my name surely is ripe for picking in 2011.
Ultimately, this is the year I will take advantage of the potential and promise with which I've been abundantly blessed. I may have reached midlife and all the baggage that goes with it, but I plan to decorate that baggage with stickers of "been there, done that" and head out on the awaiting adventures. The sky is the limit and I'm on my way this year.
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