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Random Thoughts on an Icy/Snowy Day

Thursday, December 05, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, I think about the year that I decided last December would be Tammy's Year of Optimism. For the most part, it has been a year of optimism and good happenings - DS got married to a lovely young woman, DH and I had our first garden and we enjoyed primarily tomatoes, but hey! I didn't have to buy them. There have been some ongoing situations, but I would like to hope that I don't invoke Murphy's Law by saying here that I am managing those situations better than I would have even a year ago.

I think I may have been on to something by actually naming my year before January 1 - actually, just a naming a year at all. Prior to this, I was dealing with some situations that I really cannot do anything about and all the worrying, thinking about What Ifs, and mentally orchestrating reunions will not change the others involved.

I am also turning 55 shortly. I have had a problem with that. The last time I had a problem with a birthday was number 25. Strange, I know. I am who I am emoticon I look in the mirror and I see one or the other of my grandmothers. If I hold my head just right, I can see a double chin peeking out. I noticed about a month ago that I was given a senior discount, no questions asked.

But while all this was happening, something else was happening. I am setting down some baggage that I have carried for a long time, that no one but me made me pick up in the first place. I also realize some questionable choices weren't disasters, and actually led to some great blessings in my life. Perhaps I will be one of those women who gets wiser with aging; I sure hope so.

So, what am I going to name 2014? I have thought about the following:

Tammy's Year of Cracking Herself Up So She Doesn't Crack Up emoticon

Tammy's Year of Appreciation emoticon

Tammy's Year of ???

I am willing to take suggestions from my Spark Friends.

Have a good day; stay safe. It is icy/snowy here today.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FISHINGLADY66 12/6/2013 10:25PM

    I think A Year of Finding Joy is a great name. It seems to fit you perfectly. What ever you name your year, will motivate you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HMJ5053 12/6/2013 4:58PM

    I like the idea of "Year of Joy". They say we find what we look for. Wouldn't it be wonderful to spend the next year discovering joyful moments throughout your life!

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MOMGETSSPARK 12/6/2013 1:54PM

    Tammy"s year of joy because you are very special and spread joy already!

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LILYGAL 12/6/2013 1:39PM

    Tammy, you have done so well this year in dealing with issues that you have had no control over!! emoticon I love that you "name" your years! What a great suggestion! Maybe I'll "steal" that idea!! emoticon

I like all the suggestions and would vote for Year of Joy!!!

Now don't go out and play in the snow!! emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 12/6/2013 12:08PM

    I agree. Tammy's Year of Finding Joy is a great name.

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RICKI157 12/5/2013 10:28PM

    This is a good time to reflect on the past year and the year to come. I hope next year is better for me than this year has been.

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GRLTAZ 12/5/2013 7:49PM

    Tammy's year of optimism/ joy is an excellent idea. I actually took a community craft course a few years back and made a concrete stepping stone that I see every time I go in & out of my front door and it says " choose joy". No guilt, no woulda, coulda, shoulda's, at least not for me. I am only 3 years behind you but I do not see my mom's face in mine yet. You are doing awesome so don't forget to remind yourself daily. TC

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GLASSART43 12/5/2013 4:56PM

    I like Pat's suggestion, or even maybe "Tammy's Year of Finding Joy."

Our families can be sources of great pleasure and great pain. This next year I'm going to work on balance and planning ways to enjoy retirement. I've actually been thinking about going back to work because I've felt disconnected and stressed - a better idea for me is to look for positives.


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NORASPAT 12/5/2013 4:29PM

    Tammy's year of JOY.
Hopefully that might be mine too I hope!.
I am such an awful grouch at this time of the year. I do have 8,000 steps so far but I am still a grouch. HUGS and much love Pat in Maine.

You have come a long way this year Tammy. Very emoticon emoticon keep up the good attitude~~~Pat.

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PJSTIME 12/5/2013 3:06PM

    Tammy you have grown a lot this year in not letting situation run your life. I am so proud of you for that. I know whatever you name next year it will be another great one for you. emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 12/5/2013 2:51PM

    Ha Ha! You are like me! I look in the mirror and see my mother and wonder where I went!
That woman looking back at me in the mirror CAN'T BE ME!!! It has not been a good year for me though, so I am glad to see it come to a close. Of course, things have been going downhill overall for a long time now, but we must live with it. We had beautiful weather yesterday, nearly 80 degrees, and today, it is 32 and windy! We have a winter storm watch for freezing rain and sleet this evening and into tomorrow......BRRRR!!! Not used to that! emoticon emoticon

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