Well, we did it. The holidays are now officially over. Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year, and even Epiphany/the Feast of the Kings. The holidays can be so challenging and depressing for some. It is a time of joy and disappointments, excitement and happy times and dashed hopes in some cases. It is a time for families to be together, and also a time when people can feel very much alone. And even if you had a great time, having lots of family around can sometimes be a challenge. But whether the holidays lived up to expectation, or not, we did it, it’s over. And we can get down to the business of living now, getting the year off to a great start, having high hopes again that this year will be better than the last one….making resolutions….trying to take off the pounds we added while eating too much over the holidays…or just catching our breath and recovering if these holidays were tough and didn’t live up to our expectations (I hate it when that happens!!). The toughest holidays we ever had was the year my son Nick died, the holidays were so very, very, very hard. But we got through them, and we’ve had some wonderful holidays since, although we always miss him (on holidays and at all other times too). I hope that your holidays were great this year, and if they weren’t, then I hope you can put them behind you quickly!!!
For some reason my own personal time clock seems to be hooked to the school year (maybe because I have so many children, and two are still in school, so school has been part of my life forever!!!). I always feel like it’s a new year in September, when the kids go back to school (the smell of new pencils and new notebooks will live in me forever!!). So for me it feels like a new year begins in the fall with ‘back to school’. But the real calendar, the world’s time clock, is hooked to January, and the start of a whole new, clean year. Last year was tough for so many people, with the economy struggling, some businesses not doing well, many people out of work. It was a year of struggles and ingenuity for many, to make it through. And we did. So I am hoping that this year will be easier, a good year, a GREAT year, a year of a better economy, jobs for so many people and a sigh of relief that things are back on track and will continue to improve. I wish you happy times this year, safety, health, and cherished moments, I hope that all your dreams come true. I hope that your worries disappear like mist, and that the people around you love you, appreciate you, and hold you close. A new year has just begun, let’s wipe the old slate clean, and hope for a truly GREAT one. Happy New Year, my friends, I hope that this year will be your best ever!!!! Love, Danielle