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    2014: Word, Goals

    Happy New Year!! A New Year, full of new possibilities, new opportunities, new experiences all waiting to unfurl. A New Year always brings with it the thought of fresh starts, a chance to begin again. Yet are we really beginning anew? It’s rather difficult when we aren’t starting with a blank slate, we travel into the New Year with ourselves, with our past successes and imperfections already imprinted. Reflecting over my past words and resolutions I see that my interests haven’t changed, each year I still struggle in certain areas, my goals are relatively the same, and I’m good with this, I’m comfortable. The word that has chosen me this year I’m…

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    New Year’s Eve Party

    What a night!  Partying with friends, a fantastic way to usher out the old year and herald in the new. Nine families, 72 people gathered at our place, our first party on our new deck, we experienced how well our home flows for a party. We feasted on the deck and all chatted or played outside until dark, then the party continued with pool, wii and dancing the night away.  Did we dance!  We had no idea some of our friends could move so well, 13 years we have been gathering with friends for New Year’s Eve, though our ranks have swelled, and this year we discovered they could dance!…

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    Happy New Year, 2013

    Happy New Year to al!!l:) A New Year is an exciting event, a blank canvas awaiting the opportunity of new possibilities with a chance to re-write the script.  The last couple of days I’ve been reflecting on the year passed and mulling with fresh resolve for the New Year unfolding.  As in years past I’ve spent time considering my ‘word‘ for 2013, then I read Jennifer’s post on NY Resolutions for the Overwhelmed and I realised my script wasn’t that dissimilar to hers, the same issues here seem to re-occur year after year, with some year’s progress is more noticeable than others.  Like Jennifer, if we could just get a regular,…

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    Happy New Year, 2012

    Every New Year for the last three years, I have chosen a Word that helps me focus on an area of importance throughout the year.  Glancing back over the words of the last few years I see; Savour/Treasure/Memories and Habits/Self-Discipline, note, two common threads here.   I had been thinking ‘In the Moment’ for 2012 but tonight when I shared my observations about the commonality with my family, Anna Maria asked a thought provoking question.  Why did I keep having a similar themed word?  Was it that the similar words were a continual area of interest, or do I feel I keep failing to reach my Word goal?  PC feels it is the first.…

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    Word for 2011

    For the last couple of years I have selected a Word for each year.  This Word represents my focus, direction, desire or motivation for where I feel led in the upcoming year. 2011 will herald an ‘end of an era’ for us.  Our first born, Koala will conclude her formal education at home in December 2011.  So this will be our final year of having all our children learning together, our family dynamics will change forever more.  So my word for 2011 is; Savour which is really interchangeable with Treasure. Interesting to note my previous Words were; Self-Discipline for 2010, and 2009 I chose two, Memories and Habits.  

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    New Year’s Party Invitation

    Happy New Year:) Last night we celebrated New Year’s Eve with friends, in fact this has been our tradition for the past nine years. Our partying originally started with three families and between us we rotate hosting an annual Christmas party (usually the 20th) and New Year Eve’s party. Over the years our circle has grown and so have the number of children; generally speaking the parties range between 35-50+ people. To the children especially these parties speak tradition. Their important list of must dos includes staying up to midnight and screaming “Happy New Year”. Last night was small, 38 big and little friends celebrating together. New Year is a…