New York | Where are you headed?

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It's a new year and still plenty to ruminate about. It's only 17 days into the new year, and I'm happy to report it's been a good 17 days. I wrapped up 11 wonderful days in New York with a posse of wonderful friends and a handful of lovely photography-related meetups.  I came home on a very pleasant flight where I met a nice lady.  Then went home to a nap followed by a yummy dinner prepared by my sister and brother-in-law.  With my sisters, parents and the in-law we sat around the table chatting for hours.  Nowadays I love being at home nearly as much as I love traveling.  When I'm in California I find myself wanting to stay home with my family and being a vegetable.  I rounded off the homecoming week with lots of work, new clients, meetings and plenty of quality time with giggling.

And, hey!  Did I mention I've already finished three books this year.  I'm really stoked.  I'm curious how many books I can read this month (and this year).  It will be exciting.  So I followed up my homecoming fun with dinner and a movie with one of my favorite friends.  I'm sitting here feeling like every day really has been the best day, but wondering where will this year lead me?

Where am I headed?  After filing my estimated taxes today, I realized I doubled my income in 2011 from 2010, but I also increased my expenses by about 50%.  So as I look to the future, I wonder where my hope is?  What am I depending on?  I am a super control freak.  I am a firm believer in "If you want something done right, do it yourself."  I am a borderline perfectionist and can be extremely hard on myself.  (I know. I know. I hide it so well with my wonderfully easy going demeanor. haha) But I want to start off 2012 like I lived 2011.  Focused on God, focused on me and focused on those in my life that I love.  Seems kind of funny to put myself before those I love, huh?  I realized that the more I work on improving myself the better friend, daughter, sister and lady friend I can be to others.  Took some trial and error for me to realize, but I am such a better person than when I started 2011 and that's because I wanted to take care in myself emotionally and spiritually.

I think this year is going to be great.  I turned 28 in a couple of months, and for once I'm very excited.  I asked for a bicycle with a basket.  (crossing my fingers!)  And hopefully I'll get that pedometer that's been on my wishlist for the past three years.  :)  Actually, I already think I'm 28; when people ask my age I say 28 because I forgot I'm still 27.  Exciting.  I have a good feeling about this year.

So where are you headed in 2012?

New York | Every day is the best day.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ever notice how the change of the calendar year appears to really change one's life? Every year people make new year resolutions, hoping to make some significant change in their life. What is it about the new year that makes people believe it's a new start? How incredible would it be if we saw every day as a new start? In 2011 I aimed to look at life that way. With the loss of love, my mother's battle with cancer and the sudden death of my uncle it seemed looking for a new start every day was the only way to survive.  Instead of survival I found hope.  Hope in the promise of the past staying in the past.  Hope in God who would carry me through.  Hope in myself that I could conquer life.  Hope in the concept that only I had control over my happiness.

I love how this quote takes things one step further.  How wonderful life would be if I viewed it as the best day!  And how positively could I effect others if viewed my day that way.  I've noticed how the kindness or rudeness of strangers can either make or ruin my day, and I've purposed to be that stranger who makes people's day.  One's life, I've found, is so tightly intertwined with perspective.  And this past year has taught me the power of positive thinking.

So I challenge myself to see each day in 2012 as the best day in the year.

(Picture above is the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle in New York.)

oh, the last day

2007 was amazing. Here are the many things I am thankful for in 2007 - My niece was born - I went on many trips: New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Japan, Europe - I met my wonderful boyfriend - I graduated - I started my first full time job.

oh the many wonders of growing up.

Happy New Year, everyone!