2011 has been like a dark tunnel for me, with only the glimpses of light at its end spurring me on. Emerging, finally, from a labyrinth of trials and challenges I am like a child emerging from the womb. While I may be more vulnerable in my raw self I have also regained a sense of wonder and joy and magic. I am also now stronger in other ways, and with a clearer purpose. My life's compass has found its north and I am now somehow getting better at making new maps and charting courses for my journeys. I have given up some things in the process but I believe that what I will gain later on will be much much more.
Here are the little embryos and seedlings of 2011 that are waiting to emerge fully in 2012. While I have been doing a few of them for many years it is only in the past year that I have re-evaluated how they are contributing to my living a fulfilled and authentic life. For some, it is only in the past year that I have been able to actually do anything tangible. The old year has been both a painful and enriching experience.
|more Crafting and Creative Journeys|
|a Happier and more Inspired Home|
|a more Discerning and Patient Heart|
|Knowing and Doing What Really Matters|
|Valuing Family and True Friends|
|more Earth-Conscious Living|
That's how I want to look at my own little efforts to live an earth-friendly lifestyle. Every little thing counts. It will all count.
|more Meaningful Travels|
|a Stronger Spirit (and body!), a Braver Heart|
|a Daily Life of Simple Joys, and Contentment without Compromise|
Happy new year everyone!