Friday, January 01, 2021

Celebrating in the New Year

 Well, here I am again.  Brushing off the ol' blog because I have something to say.  Mostly, I've been over on Instagram doing stories for my own amusement. I've been thinking about this blog over the last year. I used to write weekly when my kids were little, then for some reason I just stopped.  I'm not quite sure why.  Doesn't matter.  

So what's so danged important that I am brushing the cobwebs off this crazy looking website? Nothing, really. I want to share my thoughts with you.  Can't that be enough? Yes. Yes it can. 

Since you're still reading, I know you agree. Now let's get down to business.

It's New Year's Day 2021 as I write this.  As many are wont to do, these past several weeks I've been reflecting on my life and what I want to improve in the next 12 months.  To that end, I have decided to choose a word of the year to focus my efforts.  The word I've chosen is CELEBRATE!. Yep, with an exclamation point. If 2020 had a word of the year it was DISAPPOINTING.  2020 taught me to celebrate the every day as well as the big things. That is going to be my focus this year.  

So how will I CELEBRATE!? To begin with, I listed out every known event in each month of the year. I'll add on as I think of more things.  I still need something for August. 

January: New Year's Day, Feast of the Epiphany, Emma's Name Day

February: St. Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras

March: Renee's Name Day, Emma's birthday

April: Easter, Anne-Marie's birthday

May: Mother's Day, Kevin's birthday, Memorial Day

June: Kevin's Name Day, my birthday, our 23rd anniversary, Father's Day

July: Independence Day, Anne-Marie's Name Day


September: Labor Day, My Name Day, Andy's birthday

October: Renee's birthday, Halloween

November: Thanksgiving, Andy's Name Day

December: ALL OF ADVENT and Christmas season

I'm combining this with my next goal: bake more often!  The kids' jaws dropped when I told them this. I usually promise to cook more vegetables. To their never-ending delight, I usually fail at this goal.  This year, I don't think they'll let me fail. They're invested!

Celebrating means more than just marking occasions, though. I know this plan will evolve as I go.  If you've been following my stories over on Instagram, you know that September began the Year of Mary, which is my year of focusing on healing my poor self-esteem and body image. So guess what? I'm adding this into my word of the year! CELEBRATE! my body, what it can do, no matter how it looks, CELEBRATE! that God LOVES ME SO MUCH and begin to love myself, too. There's more to this word than immediately comes to mind and I hope to make is as meaningful as I possibly can!

What will happen if I spend a year celebrating the big and small, the tangible and the intangible? My hope is that it will bring more JOY into my heart, into my family's hearts and ultimately, into the world.  I hope to use this blog to share my celebrations with you and invite you to join me in sharing your own celebrations of life!

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