The new year is upon us.  I try to enjoy the day very simply and quietly.  I actually met my husband on New Year’s Eve.  A special night for sure.  However, this year I realized that I am welcoming 2017 openly and with a sort of excitement that I have never before ushered a new year.  I think it is because the previous new year’s I could not wait for the year to be over.  But, this year is different.  I have focused on trying to adjust to a more simplified living which can be challenging at times with two young daughters.  But, in its essence, it has provided much comfort to me. During my 2016 year in review, what I focused on were the simple pleasures of life that brought me the most joy. A few included  sitting together as a family and laughing until we were crying,  celebrating my daughters’ accomplishments with them and catching the twinkle in my husband’s eyes when we share a tender moment.   Oh my, what a great year I actually had.  Those are the times I cherish most and will carry into the new year.  And that is why I welcome the new year. I can honestly say that I have never ever felt this way for the new year.  I welcome the change and am so grateful to acknowledge it. 

Hello 2017……I am happily waiting for you. 

With gratitude,


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