Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

As far as I'm concerned, 2016 is off to a fantastic start. My brother, sister-in-law, and nephews came up for the day and celebrated the new year with us. I can't express just how thankful we were to have their company today, but when you don't live near family, visits like this are extra special, especially when our busy lives make visits few and far between.  I wish we were able to get pictures, but we were so focused on enjoying each other's company, I don't think any of us thought about it.  

Derek has sent me a few pictures of his trip to Arizona with the WVU marching band. It looks like he's having a fantastic time, and he even went on a trail ride!  One of the texts I got from him said "I kept my heels down!" I guess he remembers quite a few things from those riding lessons all those years ago.

This year, I do not plan on making resolutions, just goals and aspirations. As of this moment, my primary goal is to focus on my health and fitness. I'm fat (it's ok to say the "f" word), but worse than that is how out of shape I've become. I want to fix that. I want to wake up feeling energized instead of dreading the day ahead of me. Losing weight is NOT my goal, but I won't object to losing some poundage as I work on my fitness, strength, and flexibility. 

This will be the year of the horse for me. I'm so excited at the prospect of riding again that I can hardly stand the waiting process. I'm all set to begin leasing a very sweet older guy on February first. It's Anton, the horse who Emma rides every week. I probably won't start riding for a while yet, but just being able to go brush him whenever I want is a fabulous "something" to look forward to. 

I am going to write this year. I don't care if it's one of those "daily writing prompts" sites, I just need to write.  Why? I need to write because I like to write. Actually, I should probably sign up for a creative writing class at Shepherd. 

Believe it or not, we also plan to expand our garden again. Being able to walk into our back yard and pick whatever vegetables we want for dinner is such a delight! Hopefully the garden does better this year…🙏

I hope this year brings peace to our home and our lives.  We already have the love, ❤️ now we need to focus on putting ourselves first and jobs LAST.  I am so very grateful for both the tangibles and intangibles in my life. I have a job that pays the bills and allows me to travel, I have a best friend who loves me enough to stop in and check on me after surgery, I have a husband who is the love of my life and makes me laugh every day (even though our interests are WAY different), my children have beautiful, kind, and loving hearts, and I am appreciative beyond words for the love we share.  

Take time to enjoy the company of your family and friends. Be kind with your words and give freely of your love. Love is a much more precious gift than anything you could ever find under the Christmas tree or in a store.