It is so hard to believe that 2011 has bid us farewell and we have welcomed in the new year. Kelly and I rarely get too personal on this blog but I thought I would take this week to reflect a little and share a bit more of my life with all of you. 2011 seemed like it was a tough year and unfortunately I feel as though I’ve heard that from quite a few people. As I look back on the last year it seems impossible to look past the hard times, nor should we, but what I should be focusing on are the blessings 2011 brought with it. I made some wonderful new friends, I spent time with my family, my own little family grew with the addition of a new kitty and I purchased my first home(!). All wonderful things, not to mention, I am employed which is something to be oh so grateful for these days.
I had a long conversation with my mom yesterday and as we wished each other that this year would be better than the last, she asked me if I had any resolutions for 2012. I spouted off the usual: be healthier, more organized, etc. and then after I hung up I thought about it. What is really going to make me happy this year? Once I actually took a minute to really give it some thought the answer was immediate and so obvious – quality time with family and friends and taking more time out of my schedule to remember and appreciate others. With the hustle and bustle of daily life and the piling up of jobs and projects I find myself often feeling selfish and so exhausted at the end of the day to even pick up the phone or write a note.
This week, as Kelly returns home from Texas and life settles back into the post-holiday groove, Anna Lee Co. is taking a little break from our normal blog content. Each day I will be focusing on a real, heartfelt resolution and either crafting or showing you how I intend to make my resolution a reality. Maybe this act in itself is a bit selfish as I am in a way, forcing all of you to hold me accountable for what I would like to achieve in the upcoming year but what I hope this week’s projects do is help everyone take a few minutes alone with their thoughts and find what is going to make 2012 a happy and sincere year for you.
All of our best and very warmest of wishes for a happy, happy new year.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincolnimage via