Monday, December 31, 2012


 "We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

 ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce~
(Images from Karen's Whimsy)

 There is something so anticipatory about being on the cusp of a new year with all those neat blank squares on the calender pages waiting to be filled with living.  I feel ready to rise up to the challenges the new year might present and excited over the opportunities that might come my way.  Mostly I am grateful to have made it through this past year.  This will not be a time where I will want to reflect back overmuch choosing instead to set my sights forward.

I have spent months in personal preparation for the new years arrival knowing changes would be on the horizon.  Now that is is finally here I feel a tad bit at loose ends as to how to begin at a brand new beginning.  This is the year that I need to start to earn a viable, rather than the current sporadic, income from playing with words, paper, or fibers or else I will need to enter the workforce.  I can only imagine who would hire me when my resume reads something like this:  Skills:  Plays with paper, paint, scissors, and glue, often with wire, beads, and fibers too. 
Everything is in readiness.  My home has been prepared by a thorough culling and cleaning to help with easier maintenance.  The studio stands open awaiting the creative process to begin.  The writing cottage has been turned inside out and is ready for the sounds of tapping or scribbling out of words.  I have untangled myself from any unnecessary commitments and really taken stock of what is needful at this juncture in life.  After careful consideration a 10 week course is about to embarked upon to help me get going in the right direction.  A new schedule has been drawn up with actual built in work days and times.  The hardest part will be consistency on my part and enforcing boundaries for those who have grown use to my flexible availability.

I am feeling anxious, excited, and open to change.  I anticipate that something wonderful this way comes whether it is through a chosen path or an unexpected avenue.  My plan is simple, I will journey along at a steady pace stepping toward one realistic goal at a time.  This year I make no bold statements or resolutions, I choose no word to manifest itself from time to time in the coming year, I make no promises for paths to follow, my only aim to remain faithful to the one thing that is most needful at any given moment and live the new year one moment, one circumstance, one breath at a time, no running ahead, no falling back, just being present in the present.
 "Here's to the bright New Year
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here's to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold."

~Irish Blessing~

May a blessed and Happy New Year be yours!


bobbie said...

I wish you all best luck on your new journey!!

Hugs ~


Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Good luck and best wishes on your new venture. You will succeed on anything that you attempt. I just know it! Happy New Year! Sue

Vee said...

Oh I like your thinking. To be present in the present is about all the challenge I can handle. I, too, am looking for employment and wondering who would hire me at my age and with a resumé that says "blogger." Ha! A joke too rich.

All good things and God's richest blessings to you, my dear. You certainly deserve them because, most especially, you have prepared for them!

Happy New Year!

Robin said...

Wishing you a joyous and creative New Year!


JD/ Jill said...

May all your needs be met in the coming year...and many unexpected blessings come your way...Happy New Year to you...Jill

Unknown said...

Happy New Year! Looking forward to visiting with you in the new year.

The Feathered Nest said...

Wishing you a wonderful, happy and healthy new year sweet friend....can't wait to see the goodness you create this new year!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Unknown said...

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year my dear!


Tina said...

Wishing you all the best for this new year Miss Sandy. Looking forward to follow along on your new adventure. Cross my fingers for you and hope it´ll turn out the way you´ll want it to be.
xx and many blessings my friend

Sue said...

Wishing you continued blessings as you embark on this new journey this new year! You have certainly planned and prepared for it.

Monica said...

My best and warmest wishes to you. May your dreams come true!

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,
A new wonderful adventure!!! I wish you all the best and hope for you it will be a happy dance along the way!
I know I will be here to follow you and this new life of yours.
Hugs Dorthe

Dorthe said...

xoxo, Dorthe

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Like Vee, I like your "to be present in the present", and think I will adopt that as my new year phrase. I beat myself up over what I need to do or haven't done and end up frustrated. Praying for you Sandy. ~ Abby

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