Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful entrance into the new year. I actually wanted to go to sleep, but Jack stayed up, so I didn’t really have a choice. But we had a very enjoyable evening with the family.

I used to hate new year’s eve. It always reminded me that I wasn’t with anyone, which was always very lonely at the time. It reminded me I wasn’t where I wanted to be in terms of figuring out/following my career. I was really, really good at looking at all of the things that I didn’t do or didn’t happen for me in the past year, and assuming that the next year would be just the same.

It’s funny, because as I look back on it now, some of my favorite memories come from those new year’s eves that at the time I felt so lonely and frustrated in. I really did have good times with people I still love and have as friends today, though it didn’t always seem that way. But, I have had the fortune of having some really amazing new year’s memories since having Jack. But even moreso the past few years I have had a great new year’s because I was happy. Because even though I didn’t get to all the places I wanted to get to, and even though everything didn’t go the way I wanted, I was trying. I was trying to become the person I want to be. I was putting effort (flawed as it may be) and that made the difference. I failed, but I also succeeded. Even if the successes were small, they were real. And small steps when added together turn into giant strides. And looking back over the past few years, I have actually made much more progress than I thought I had. I’ve chased a few dreams, made a few improvements, made a few mistakes, and worked really hard. And it turns out that is a recipe for a good year. A year that has ups and downs, highlights and low, but certainly more good than bad.

So I hope everyone has the chance to do just that this year. Make some plans, chase some dreams, work hard, let the failures drive you harder, let the successes lead you forward and find your way closer to whomever it is you want to be. The you that makes you proud, the you that gives you hope that your future will truly be bright. That’s how you light the way for all who will follow you. And someone is always looking to you.

Happy new year everyone! Thank you all for your kind words and support, and I hope you feel the happiness and love I’m sending to you all!

Posted on January 1, 2013, in family, reasons to laugh, relationships, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Okay, so I’m kinda late to the party… I got an email saying you’d posted this but then, went I clicked on the link, it had vanished… so I figured you’d deleted it again…

    …anyway…

    …a belated happy new year to you… may it be that 2013 brings comfort, peace and prosperity to you and your family 🙂

    • Thanks… I haven’t been back on here until today, so really you’re right on time! ha! And the very same to your family. James especially has been in our thoughts and prayers!! 🙂

      • Thanks Lauren – we really appreciate it 🙂 He’ll be having his procedure again on February 6th (can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 months) and then we find out on the 7th what surgery he’ll need… hold a good thought for him 🙂

  2. 2013 Blessings to you and Jack, Ms Lauren.
    I love how you share your genuine heart in your posts.

  3. Hi, I have nominated you for 3 awards! Please check the link for more details.
    http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/duplicate-awards-and-multiple-thanks/
    Congratulations! Blessings, Cathie

  4. Beautiful thoughts for 2013 and a Happy and Blessed New Year to you and Jack…Diane

  5. Happy New Year to you. It’s going to be a good one.

  6. Wishing you a very happy successful new year. Thank you for your love and your wonderful posts. Love to continue reading them now in the 2013. With Love Ute

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