Happy New Year!

The Fab Five Christmas Luncheon

The Fab Five Christmas Luncheon

Well here we all are, the holidays are over, everyone is exhausted, and it’s time to get back to normal!

Happy New Year!  I wish for all of you, a year filled with abundant perfect health, wealth, joy, laughter, and lasting friendships!

Could anyone wish for anything more?  Not me!   For many years I have always said that I have it all!  Realizing of course, that happiness is an inside job.

Many years ago, in a different life long forgotten (sort of),  I had a very large home, lots of money, always different cars, yada, yada, yada!  I was the most miserable person on earth, and fast becoming the person I never wanted to be.  It took me in excess of sixteen years, and more heartache that I would ever want to remember, but finally my children, and I were able to break free of a toxic marriage.  Two years after that I was still fighting for my freedom, and all of us paid a heavy price for finally breathing freely.  At the time, I never thought we would make it, only by taking it one day at a time, little by little, did we survive!

I remember the first Christmas my three children, and myself spent  together.  We were safe, not real happy, we didn’t have any money, and our Christmas tree looked like the Charlie Brown Tree!  I think it came from a lot that had thrown it to the side.  Dried out, bent, and totally an outcast tree!  It only had a few trimmings, just what we could find around the condo we were living in.   I had to borrow money from my parents to make a move, and rent a place for us to live.  As we look back, each of us talks about how those were pretty dark days, however we all agree that those days made us all stronger.  My kids are grown up now, and each has a strength that can only be grown from  having lived through something like that!

My point in telling this story is that all the money, things, clothes, cars, and anything else money can by, are just that…..THINGS!  I know we all need to be comfortable, and a certain amount of money is important for survival.  But, whats not important is lots of it!  They are only things!   I’m the first to admit, I love technology, and my APPLE PRODUCTS,  hard as it may be, I could live without them.  Well, maybe not my iPhone.

With all this said, lets talk about New Years Resolutions!   Every new year that is born, myself along with gazillions of others make New Years Resolutions, only to break them a week, a month, or maybe even a couple of months later.  Somehow the best intentions are left behind, in the dust, and long forgotten.  We are all alike,  we mean well, but stuff happens!

This year I decided to NOT make a resolution!   Why bother?  They get in the way, it’s just another burden——–for all of us.  Who Needs that?  So………I propose we set Intensions.  You can call it whatever you like, but for me, they are Intentions!

This year “MY INTENSION”  will  be KINDNESS.  I’m going to practice Kindness to myself and others!  Now, I do make an effort to be kind, but somehow I rarely include myself in that, and quite honestly, I slip, and sometimes I don’t feel very kind.  So, each and every time I feel myself slipping, and thinking something unkind, I am going to replace it with a positive kind thought, or words.  And I’m   including myself in that.  No more picking myself apart.  I’ve earned every sag, wrinkly, pleat, all the fluff, and lets not forget all the titanium that has found its home in my body over the years.  I’m going to honor the person I’ve become, appreciate this body that has served me so well, taking better care of it, and helping it to last many more years.  This may sound a little strange to some of you, but tomorrow will be the start of a three day cleanse for me.  My body is exhausted from all the sugary, fatty, gluten laden foods I never eat.  I awakened January 1, with wrinkles in my bloated face from an evening of too much rich foods, and way too much alcohol.  Not a very good combination, at least for me!  So it’s back to basics.  I love my plant based diet, and coconut water is my usual faux-alcoholic beverage!

I encourage you to consider the same, and if you need my support, I will always be here to help in any way I am able.

Happy New Year to you all.  Let’s make this the best year ever!

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