Saturday, January 3, 2009

Resolving to Make 2009 the Best it Can Be!

Happy New Year!

With the dawning of a new day and a new year, I'm feeling philosophical. There is something wonderful and magical about the first part of the year where the slate is clean and anything is possible. Possibility gives us infinite hope, or the ability to dream. What have you been dreaming about in the last few days? Weight loss? Travel? Improved health? Financial stability? Finding a life partner?

The reality of the situation is that you'll spend this coming year moving in one direction or another. Commit now to making that direction the one that will take you toward what you truly desire.

Life in each moment is influenced by your presence and participation. As this new year unfolds, continue to make that influence a positive and fulfilling one. Consider today where you would like to be a year from now. For now is the beginning of the year in which you can truly make it happen.

So what's your dream?


Terri January 4, 2009 at 4:34 AM  

I never make resolutions as I can never keep them. What I do do is reflect on the past year sometime in the first week of the new year. Did the good I did out way the bad? Did I make a difference? Was I part of the problem or part of the solution? Each day gives me the opportunity to make a difference---good or bad. And each day gives me the opportunity to try to get my act together.

So, this year....I will try to be more understanding when my kids do stupid things like spending their bill paying money at the bar or getting pregnant when they can't afford the children they have; to get my house a bit more clean than it is right's really bad and working 6 days a week isn't helping!; to get out and geocache more and spend more time with family and friends...this is more important than my house as the housework will always be there but if I don't nurture my family and friends they may not; and remember when things seem to be too much turn them over to God as he will lift the burden allowing me to see the light.


EmilyBryan January 4, 2009 at 6:25 AM  

On December 22, my surgeon told me that the colon cancer had NOT spread to my lymph nodes. I felt as though my life had been handed back to me. This year, more than any I can remember, I really do have a sense of starting fresh.

There's nothing like a brush with serious illness to make you rethink your priorities. I'm still in the process of sorting out the essentials from the extras.

2009 will probably be the year of chemotherapy for me. I watched my mom go through it in 1999, so I know it's a long, dark tunnel. But there is a light at the end. My mom is still cancer free.

My relationships are emerging as the most important things in my life. I wouldn't trade them for a spot on the NYTimes list. So this year, I'm going to organize my time better so my writing doesn't bleed over into family and friends time.

Happy New Year!

Gerri Russell January 4, 2009 at 10:03 AM  


I am so thrilled to hear you are doing so well. Chemo is a scary things, but a risk that will help secure your future. If you need anything, please just ask.

Here is to a fantastic 2009 for you on many fronts!


Gerri Russell January 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM  


I agree with you that sometimes "resolutions" can set us up for failure, and it is very practical to reflect on what went well and what we might do differently.

I love the fact that you are a concerned mom. :-) Your children are really lucky to have you care so much.

Here's to a bright and wonderful new year for you! I'll be joining you in the geocaching department. Love it!


EmilyBryan January 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM  

Ok, I'll bite.

What's geocaching?

Terri January 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

Geocaching: using multi million dollar military tested equipment to find tupperware in the woods. While this is a true definition, it doesn't help you understand what it is we do. To geocache, you use a GPS to find a container, usually a tupperware type container. These containers are hide almost town, in parks, in the woods. Coordinates that are needed to find these containers or caches can be found at a few different websites but the most popular is In each container there is a logbook that finders sign. There may also be trinkets which can be traded for or travel bugs which are numbered items that travel from place to place. There are no real prizes but it just fun. Many people call it a high tech scavanger hunt.

So, Gerri...what's your caching name? We cache under terri and billy. Not very imaginative but it works. My oldest son and his wife are Kris&Will. His children: Spoiled Rotten, Banana Hannah and Lilly Flower. Oldest daughter is StormyBlueEyes and her girls are MI Girl Power. We find this to be a great family activity.


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