Everyone getting your countdown on yet?
As the year starts to speed to a close, I start to reflect on the year that has gone by, the struggles and blessings, the loved ones lost, the babies born, the many things to be grateful for, and the challenges that call on our strength of spirit.
While a lot of people wait till New Year's Eve for this sort of reflection, I prefer for that day to be all about looking forward, not looking back. Dreaming about the year ahead, the goals and ambitions, the excitement it brings.
So today is the day I look back, and thank the universe for my life. All of it, the good, the bad, the ugly. 2010 was a biggie. I fell in love with the most amazing man on the planet, and he proposed and now we are going to get married! A dear cousin and friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, suffered her surgeries and treatment, and while she still has a little to go, she has now been pronounced cancer free. In her honor, Little Sister took on not only the physical challenge of the Susan Koman 3 Day walk for the cure, but was the top fundraiser in all of Chicagoland, and got to stand on the stage during the opening and closing ceremonies. Bonus Sister P was by her side the whole walk, and we were all there beaming with pride to see them finish.
Good Enough to Eat was released and people seem to enjoy it and have been saying nice things about it online and in print. I sold a new book, Bread & Butter, which will be out in the Summer of 2012.
The people I love, know that I love them, and so today I send the world a thank you for letting me have them in my life, and a wish that the year ahead for them will be filled with joy and good things.
The rest of it is just for me.
Except for this. Before we all get wrapped up in New Year sparkles, and the inevitable slam of work and life that follows, I want to say that I am grateful everyday for you...and thank you for reading and commenting and sharing. I love knowing that you are out there, and hope that I can continue to amuse you. And when I ask the universe for all good things for the people who are important to me, you are very much included in that.