Happy New Year ~ 2013!

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Today we close our 2012 “life book” and, from what I’ve seen, many of yours  have been filled with wonderful sights, memories to last a lifetime.  One of the pleasures of blogging is to be able to go back and reflect on where we have been, like movie clips of our lives.  My life has been enriched by bloggers worldwide who have offered up a wealth of suggestions:  books to scour, travel destinations to dream upon, spectacular photography, music that got me dancing around our rig, technology to enhance our lives, DIY project instructions, sound financial advice, and abounding inspiration.  I can’t thank you enough for your generosity.

Tomorrow we pick up a brand-new book, never opened, filled with blank pages.     What will you imprint on these pages in the upcoming year?  Whatever your plans, I hope you live your dream each and every day and share your passion with the world.  The Buddha said “the secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate problems, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  My wish for everyone is for abundant good health, both mind and body.  I am not one to make resolutions that I may ultimately break, but this upcoming year I plan to see more sunrises, as I have discovered that standing in the delicious silence of early morning, wrapping myself in this wondrous sight, I feel very much in touch with a higher power.

Happy New Year everyone!  May you experience hope, great joy, and much lightness and love in the upcoming year.

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Līgo Circle of Appreciation

Many of you know that I am not one to accept awards comfortably, other than a most humble thank you to the sender.  I have often asked myself why this is and perhaps it stems from way back in my childhood and that little voice that at times still tries to break through and say “not good enough”.  Whatever the case, I do appreciate the positive comments from so many of you and find this blogging community to be one that has inspired me more than words can say.

The Līgo Circle of Appreciation is not an award per se, but a symbol of appreciation, and one that I will graciously accept, thanks to Rommel of The Sophomore Slump, who included me in a list of  some very impressive blog sites.  He has a ton of followers, but if you are one of the few who have not made it over to his site yet, I insist you do.  You will find stunning photography and some amazing posts, covering a variety of subjects.

Here is how the  Līgo Circle of Appreciation works:

For a duration of 22 days, beginning October 1, 2012, 2 bloggers per day will be invited to join the circle.  Again a reminder that this is an appreciation, not an award.  Leave it to me to come in just under the wire (last day), but hey, I’ve been wandering around out in the boonies lately and internet connectivity has not been very friendly.

To participate in the Līgo Circle of Appreciation, you must:

  •  Complete this sentence about blogging: ”A great blog is…
  •  Refer back to the blogger who invited you.
  •  Invite 2 bloggers to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation on a post.

So, here goes:

A great blog is something that reaches out and touches my soul.  It can be heartbreaking, breathtakingly beautiful, thought-provoking, put a smile on my face, make me belly laugh, teach me something, get my creative juices flowing, just plain tug at my heartstrings.

So many bloggers do this and Rommel of The Sophomore Slump, mentioned above, has done all this and more for me on countless occasions.  Unlike Rommel, I do know how to count (hehe) and, although it will be quite difficult to include just two, I am planning to do just that.  Whether they decide to acknowledge or accept this appreciation, I want them to know how much their blogs have inspired me, moved me, and pushed me to be better.  Here are my two:

  1. Nina of Wheeling It and her wonderful husband Paul, their near-perfect doggie Polly, and two cats Rand and Taggart have completely won us over and I am honored to say they are now our friends.  Full-time RVers for the past few years, Nina is an amazing writer and photographer, and has taught my husband and I so much about this RV way of life.  Nina, we appreciate you and Paul both more than you could know.
  2. Penny Howe of the why about this blog has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and play with my creative side, which I didn’t think I had!  I am finding this to be great fun and her posts have touched me to the core.  I appreciate you so Penny, as I know so many others do as well.

This blogging community is so totally amazing and I must say has changed my life, reading the perspective of writers from all around the globe and being mesmerized by their photography.  What a beautiful way to reach out and unify the world.  Thank you all for your inspiration! 🙂