Every January 1st, we switch the calendars out on our desktops or walls, and wait for some sort of "Poof" moment. The moment in which you feel as if you are starting fresh, without the issues that transpired on dates from that old calendar.
Some of us make resolutions and gym memberships are purchased like crazy! We swear to ourselves that we will go at least five days a week. Then....two, maybe (if we're really good) four weeks later, this or that needs taken care of first and we'd really like the extra 30 minutes of sleep.
Last year, I chose a word to live by in 2014. It's a learning process, but I think I am getting better at giving my "Presence" to whomever I'm with. I am picking with picking a word for 2015.
When reviewing last year, I decided to pick what described it... The one word I would use to describe my year is "Overwhelming".
Getting my first child ready for college has been an experience. We've done the tours, applications, she's been approved, but because she is a music education major, she still has to audition and be accepted in their music program. Her top two choices are the only ones she is auditioning for, and I am so excited to see what's in store for her.
My second and youngest, started high school this year. Her transition from Middle School couldn't have gone better. She's very involved with different groups and organizations, and I really think that helped her. The girl makes me smile every single day, regardless of the circumstances. She is pure JOY, and everyone around her can't help but catch it!
The day before Thanksgiving, our family lost a sweet 17 year-old girl, whom we all love. She's like a sister to my kids, and her Mom is my dearest friend. We spent hours talking about the bright future she had ahead of her. I'd just talked to her that afternoon. It still seems impossible-too horrible for it to be true. She and I have a lot of the same favorites, from books, movies, TV shows, even our love for owls. Her mom is her best friend. I say "is" instead of "was" when speaking of her because if you spent time with her, you'd realize that she gave a piece of herself back to you. So I think of her living on, in the hearts and minds of all who love her. There are so many who've been forever changed by her and her friendship. I'm grateful to be one of those blessed people, and my girls are too. I am sharing a picture of her with my girls, taken during one of our shopping adventures.
I seem to be in the rush hour of my life. There have been many times in which I find myself wishing the next rest stop was close by, that I could take a break from the rush hour traffic and run away.
Then I remember this life is so short, and I stop, take a deep breathe, and sit back to enjoy the spectacular view.