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A Blank Slate – Happy New Year


As an over-analyzer, New Years is practically my favorite holiday; I love the practice of looking back and remembering what we’ve done and looking ahead to plan what we should do next, talking about changes we’d like to make or goals we’d like to achieve, weighing our success and failures and thinking about how to improve, and generally just examining life.  Certainly I could do all those things any day of the year, but a little symbolism as the year clicks over to new makes it seem a bit more meaningful.

This morning I wake up to a blank slate stretched out before me, a year of my life waiting to be written.  I’m excited by the possibilities.

2016 was a good year for our family.  Globally it felt like a bit of a sucker punch, but personally we kind of rocked it.  I’m hoping to ride that wave and have more of the same in 2017, but accompanied by fewer geopolitical disasters and the deaths of artists and inspirations.  I can’t control those things, though, so all I can do here is hope for a better year in the world at large and work to make it so for me and mine.

In 2016 we traveled a LOT — we went to Italy, France, and Germany, took a long trip home to America in the summer, and saw even more of the UK with excursions to Warwick and Cornwall and Wales.  In 2017, we’ve already got a ski trip planned in the French Alps, a trip to Ireland in the Spring, and we’re currently planning other trips to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Normandy.  And that’s just between now and June.

The kids’ school was a highlight of 2016 for us all; it’s still amazing to me how a positive school experience can affect every aspect of life for our whole family.  We are all invested in the school here in a way I never anticipated and look forward to another good year.

As for me, I’m not planning to make any massive resolutions.  I workout enough, we eat healthy, and I’m never going to become a morning person; I don’t need to make promises I won’t keep. Instead I’m focusing on goals I want to achieve.  I’m writing like a mad woman this year — my book won’t write itself — and reading more, more, more.  Reading, writing, and traveling were my resolutions last year, too, and I did them all and I loved it.  I see no reason to change a good thing, so those are my goals for this year too.  In even greater quantities.

May the New Year bring you what you need, whatever that is, and may we all wring out every last bit of fun and happiness from it that we can.

Happy 2017!

For Auld Lang Syne

the first chapter is new years dayI love New Years, and though some people scoff that you could start anew any day of any year, for most of us I think we often need a push to make big changes.  The New Year gives us all that reminder, tangible and solid, that today is a clean slate. With great anticipation I plan to make the most of it.

Every year has happy moments and sad, good memories and bad.  It is the balance that builds a full life, and it is with a grateful smile and a happy heart that I say goodbye to 2015. 

This past year, for me, was epic: a turning point, a life-changer, a new beginning.

Despite some sad days, I’ll never, ever look back on this year with anything but awe and gratitude.  Years of working and months of waiting and a dream came true; we made it come true.  2015 was the year of Adventure for our family, and I think we wrung out every bit of it we could.  I think 2016 will be our Year of Traveling.  We’re planning to expand our horizons even further and explore every place we can get to.  

I am mindful of the fact that while 2015 was an amazing year for my family, it was not so for everyone.  I hope that wherever it brought you and whatever it left you — good or bad– you’re looking ahead to a new year with hope.

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C.S. Lewis


What I learned from this past year is that change is hard but it is worth it.  Adventure is never a bad choice.  I learned that some lives are long and some are not, but what matters is not the length but the breadth and depth.  Time does not a good life make.

I hope I can take everything I’ve learned in the last year and apply it.  I hope I can continue to build a life I love.  I hope you can too.

Happy New Year, my friends.  Start today and make it your best one yet.

Auld Lang Syne


“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

New Years is one of my favorite holidays; there’s so much potential and hope and expectation wrapped up in one day.

Even if we never achieve all the goals and resolutions we make that day, the act of making them—of taking the time to reflect on the past and plan for the future—that’s significant.

That has power.

May you look back on 2014 and remember all the happy times, and may you look forward to 2015 with hope and excitement.

Thank you for taking time this year to visit Little Nesting Doll.  It made my year better.

Happy New Year!

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