It’s Sunday 30th December, 2012 and the final hours count down to yet another year! If you’re as sentimental and nostalgic as me…you will also be filled with a flood of emotions. Whenever a year ends, automatically my mind flashes back to all the years within immediate memory. And as I recall them, I am filled with all sorts of memories: gratitude, longing, what’s if’s, thank God’s, boy have I come a long way, happiness, expectation, regrets, forgiveness, a wee bit of anger…at times…:S

The holiday season always conjures up all sorts of memories and emotions….some fond and happy times, some not so pleasant, after all we are only human…such is life. Sometimes things may happen to trigger it and this is when you need to press pause, rewind and deal with it right there and then.

Getting back to 2012…for me it signals a breakthrough. I finally got my wish…for a new job/career and in a way a new life. Some parts were rocky and some were great. It began my journey as an author and I am thankful for all of my blessings, talent and support. I am sure, there are many things in our life we can reflect on as we give thanks for this past year….whether it’s just for the gift of life, family, children, work or good friends. This year also brought lots of new connections, renewed some old ones…some I’ll carry with me for a long time. Lost some along the way as well but again…such is life, although it’s sad, what is to be will be. The genuine ones that were meant to stay will stick with you regardless.

With this being said, as we look towards 2013, we attempt to put all obstacles, (perceived) disappointments and negativity behind us and look towards the New Year with hope. Hope for a new tomorrow where we can wipe the slate clean and start anew. Break the mould and don’t let anyone force us into being something we are not. Be ourselves: original, unique and one of a kind! Express our individuality and let our personality shine from within. Forget all the mistakes, ‘ole talk, regrets, bad vibes and pettiness that got in the way or held us back from living our dream life in past years. Let us take from it what we can, learn the lessons, be aware of our mistakes and faults and try to make amends and be a better person. 
The future can be scary but it’s worth it to try something new and forget the familiar, if you want something badly enough…that way there would be no regrets or what if’s. Forget about pride and what others may say if you fail. Author Robert Kiyosaki once said: “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”  Sure right! Give it a try and who knows, you might even succeed and surpass expections and find happiness!
For 2013 I plan to forgive more, let go, hold my tongue more, complain less, exercise more, trust more and continue to move beyond the past and not let it or anyone define who I am and CAN be today, tomorrow and beyond. Let’s ALL live our BEST life yet…Let 2013 be our bumper year for ABUNDANT hope, peace, love, happiness, forgiveness, joy and immeasurable success in all the ways that count. Remember material wealth is fleeting, what matters most is to have lived, shared, laughed and loved! 

ps Don’t forget to laugh (at yourself)!

Peace and blessings,
Carolyn xo

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