Sunday, January 29, 2012

An evening at Journal club...

Thank you, Marilyn and Melanie, for a wonderful evening of instruction, cameraderie and inspiration. See you in February!!

Monday, January 09, 2012

My soundtrack for 2012...

Does each of your years have a soundtrack?
So that when you hear a song, it brings you back to that place in time where you first heard it, reviving memories you thought were long gone. It's just one of the amazing gift that music gives us. It audibly marks a place in time.
Every now and then I hear a new artist or band that just transports me – a new album that, although I’ve never heard it before, is already in my bones…like the songs were already a part of me and my whole being was just waiting for them to finally be written and played and sung.
I heard just one of this band's songs and I knew I would love them. I bought the cd without hearing another note, and I feel like these guys are old friends, (okay, young friends) who've been singing me awake for years... the beginning of my soundtrack for 2012.
And just so that you can appreciate the whole picture of how I love my music, I play it really really loud from my iPod dock and dance around my living room like I am the star in my own music video -- sometimes I even add this drum or tambourine.

Eli Young Band – Life at Best"…keep on dreamin’ even if it breaks your heart"

Sunday, January 08, 2012

A mischievous elf...

Avery at Christmas, 2011.
I hijacked this picture off of my sister's ofoto account. I think it was supposed to be our Christmas card, but either I've been dropped from the mailing list or (more likely) my sister didn't have a chance to send cards. I know, she looks so grown up, doesn't she? She'll be eight in April, but like so many precocious little girls, she is often seven going on seventeen.

She had a brief overnight in the hospital just before Christmas due to an intestinal bug and some dehydration, but overall, she is doing awesome, and we don't ever take this smile for granted!!

Friday, January 06, 2012

A favorite place

Peebles Island, Cohoes NY. Early mornings with Mike and the dogs are the best time, but Max can be a handful so I don't usually take my camera. But last week my very first best friend from childhood visited, and I left Max behind so that we could take in the sights and capture some of them in pictures. It was a gray day, but no less amazing for lack of bright sun. A bald eagle flew across our path and over the water during our walk, but neither of us could move fast enough to get a photo, so we just stood in awe of it's beauty and wing span and all it represents.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

525,600 minutes...

I am thinking about how best to use the 525,600 minutes that make up 2012. Admittedly, I've already frittered away at least 2,880 of them. It's only January 4, but I spent most of January 1 and 2 as a sofa spud, having enjoyed the last few days of 2011 celebrating life and love and friendship to thoroughly.

After the anticlimax of that ten-second countdown to midnight each year, when -- in spite of decades of dashed hopes -- I still continue to expect something magical to happen, I really do love the beginning of a new year. Like a new pair of boots or a new haircut, it's more than just another day -- it's the promise of a fresh start, and it never ceases to invigorate me. And clearly, as you have to wait in line for a treadmill at the local gym only during the month of January, I am not alone in this feeling.

But by mid-year (if not before), many of our good intentions have fallen away, and we settle back into old, comfortable, familiar routines. So how do we harness the energy of the new year, or any other catalyst for change that comes our way, so that we can continue to remain motivated to achieve our dreams?

The things that motivate each of us can be different, but I like to start with a word -- a word that demands thought or action or reminds me of where it is I want my dreams to take me. Rather than a list of resolutions, which can be too long and specific and daunting, my word is the common thread in all that I try to accomplish in a given year.

My words for the past four years have been health, wealth, believe, and authentic. Each has served me well in different ways, and has made me faithful to this practice. I worried about announcing my word this year, because it is one that I think can be perceived very negatively, for women in particular. But I have my reasons and my personal interpretation of what this word means to me and how it will guide me. I almost changed it for a second runner up word at the last minute, but (at the risk of sounding very flaky right now), this word just keeps coming back to me... my word for 2012 is POWER. -- I know, right? It sounds like I am aiming for world domination or something, but that's not quite what I envision.

I'd love to know how you experience the new year, and if you have a word, or another form of resolution or intention, please share it!