Saturday, 4 January 2014

A New Year and a Year Older

Happy New Year! I've been MIA for the last little while, but for good reasons.  We traveled, celebrated Christmas with family and friends, spent New Years snowmobiling at our Cottage, and celebrated my birthday.  It's been a crazy month and I am looking forward to some normalcy and routine again - once we return from one more trip, that is.  I feel as though everything just happened so quickly and any attempt I made at being present went out the window.  Having said that, it is a fresh new year and like many of you, I have new and improved goals and aspirations. 
My main goal for this year is to focus on being happy with what I have and where I'm at while pursuing what I want.  While reflecting on the last year I noticed a common occurence: running to the end and neglecting the lessons and beauty that I passed by along the way.  Too often, I narrow-mindedly craved the end goal, the success, and the instant gratification and forgot to look around me and appreciate and accept the process and the beauty in getting there.  My desire for more often left me with emptiness,  and at times, a sense of ungratefulness.  "I am enough" has been my mantra over the last few days and daily reminders to stop and appreciate my gifts, blessings, and surroundings have really been uplifting.  I have so much I want to see and do and acquire and become but I'm slowly realizing that the journey is way more gratifying when you are present along the ride with an open mind and full heart. 
On another note, I had an incredible birthday yesterday and I am so grateful for my friends and family that made my day so special.  I am truly blessed.

I love being able to wipe my hands clean every year, so here's to a happy new year and a fresh beginning.

Em xox 

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