I Enjoyed a Wonderful Trip!

I recently returned from a really fun 5 day road trip visiting my dear friend, Ann, in North Bend; my wonderful big sister, Connie, in Grants Pass; and my collegiate grandson, Tyler, in Ashland! It was a lot of driving, but worth every moment of it. While in Coos Bay I was able to attend my old book club where we discussed Ivan Doig’s final novel, Last Bus to Wisdom. I loved the book, and it was so great to be able to talk about it with many old friends. Ann and I talked non-stop as we got caught up on our busy lives during our 2 days together. The weather cooperated and gave us a chance to visit Shore Acres and hike along the cliff. Next I visited my sister and enjoyed a great visit sharing so many health and beauty secrets that I came away feeling totally rejuvenated. It was fantastic and a great way to begin the New Year! Finally I got down to Southern Oregon State College in Ashland and saw Tyler at his college dorm, met his roommate and enjoyed a lovely day walking the campus and downtown and sharing lunch. He’s doing very well in his freshman year adjusting to college life. He’s always a joy to see.

Now that I’m home and reflecting on the trip, I think it was the perfect way to begin the year.

My Favorite Holiday – New Years!

As long as I can remember New Years has been my absolute favorite holiday. All the Christmas clutter has been taken down and put away…I’ve cleared my desk, emptied work spaces and feel prepared for “new things to come”. My tradition is to write my New Year’s resolutions/goals on Dec 31st and frame them in the most prominent place in our house where I’ll see them daily. On New Years’ Eve I’ve taken stock of how I did with the previous year’s goals and decide what is realistic and of current concern for the new year. This year on the top of my list is to engage in more creative, unproductive play (hence, this website) and to commit to spend more time on health related issues (I’m pedalling as I write this blog…no more sitting still).

I have much gratitude for all the years that have preceded this one, and much hopefulness for the years to come. But I know that only by staying conscious and aware will I grow and change. I believe we are all “works in process” of becoming the people we envision ourselves capable of becoming. HAPPY NEW YEAR!