Sunrise from our porch in Sun Valley yesterday.
Au revoir 2016!
Don’t let the door hit yer bum on the way out.
I’m guessing everyone experienced some personal as well as collective highs & lows in 2016 but whatever…that’s all history now 🙂
I propose a toast to letting go of mistakes (or learning from them…or at least pretending to learn from them) giving ourselves a big pat on the back for what we accomplished the past 12 months and then looking forward to the New Year with plenty of hope, positive intent and good will towards the world.
I’ve spent my first day of 2017 in a rather lazy fashion (shock) in one of my favourite places; sitting in front of a roaring fire in Sun Valley, thinking about how active I’m going to be (after today), reading, eating, looking at Instagram, eating, writing this post and then compiling my list of Resolutions.
As always, cutting down on procrastinating tops my list. Visualization is the first step to realization, right?
I also really, really, reeeeeeelly intend on being more active this year. I was a right lump in 2016. And 2015 truth be told. Time to make serious changes as this is the sort of thing I’m missing out on…
Skiing with my kids 🙁
Their view yesterday at the top of the runs in Sun Valley.
Full disclosure-I haven’t skied in 6 years. Not since my brother took me down a run he assured me would be “no problem” for me. Brothers.
The trauma was valid enough to dine out on for a couple of years until voila, too much time flew by and I realized the old adage “get right back up in the saddle” exists for a reason. Cut to 6 years later and I have, oh, let’s just call it a ‘trick’ knee. I don’t want to use the “A” word. It has become my #1 priority for 2017. Acquiesce I will not. I’m too young for this #$%^&*!!
(Us at New Year’s Eve party last night)
Ironically, one of my oldest friends (not in age, she’s younger) is staying with us here and also has her knee in a brace. Together we’ve been walking around the neighbourhood after dinner, bundled up to within an inch of our lives, stars twinkling in the ink black sky above and huge sparkling snowdrifts tucking in both sides of the road, the neighbour’s Christmas lights muted and dreamy beneath soft duvets of snow guiding our way.
Our home in the quiet peace of the night
Can you hear the silence??
Do we worry about running into the moose that’s been hanging around our house the last few days? It’s crossed our minds. But we’re convinced our sad limpy silhouettes will appear as sick or wounded prey and therefore not a tempting midnight snack for any self respecting beast. Especially at Christmas.
When my girlfriend’s Parisian husband first looked outside their bathroom window in the early hours he excitedly woke her to exclaim there was a “goose” outside!
You can imagine her enthusiasm at 7:00am
Il est tres mignon 😉
Anyway, where was I?? How do I manage to segue from my knee to a moose and back?
My Resolution/Intention List is endless but I figure if you throw enough stuff out there something’s bound to stick, right?
In no significant order of importance or world shattering import;
I’d like to read way more than I have been the last couple of years, practice my french and learn something new about the world every day.
Definitely see more movies, watch great TV series, take painting lessons, cook a lot more,
and HEALTHY food needs to be a priority.
Plant a new vegetable garden, possibly get some chickens, focus less on the minutia and more on the moment (phew, that’s MAJOR)
Not let politics, politicians and things I have absolutely no control overly upset me.
Always remember to laugh.
Stop beating myself up for whatever I’m down on myself for at any given moment
Learn how to use my Canon 5D camera for realz without having to use math skills. Something I don’t possess.
Print my photos
(A shot I took in South Africa this year)
Be more organized (never going to happen, but just putting it out there)
Understand delegating can be a survival tool,
stop decrease micro-managing. My husband is rolling his eyes right now.
Take much better care of my skin, wear my retainers, not wear work out clothes unless I’m working out, organize my closet, lose
10 9 8 lbs.
Stop to appreciate life and live in the moment. There are often delights hiding in the most unlikely places…
Remember what’s important to me might be of little significance to others. Importance, after the obvious, is subjective after all.
Stay creative and always be listening to the music.
Count my many blessings every single day
(mom & sister)
and most of all, take every opportunity to tell those I love how much I love them.
Wow. I’ve suddenly realized I’m just getting started so I should probably stop.
There’s much more I’d like to say, but how loooong this post would be if I begin scrolling back through the year to touch upon all that transpired to make it memorable.
I’m so sorry I never got around to posting before the Holidays. I hope the fates, your families and Santa all united to make them memorable for you!
For us, it was the first Christmas spent in our new home, a project that’s kept me very occupied for more years than I care to admit. It was a very happy celebration with both our boys home with their girlfriends, my siblings, old friends, and especially the gift of my parents present at the christmas table.
Finally, I wish you and those you love the Very Best 2017, blessed with good health, joy, adventure, creativity and peace. Pass it on!