Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY 2009!

Happy New Year to all of my friends, family and acquaintances out there, as well as those I have never met. While I have not been posting lately, I felt the need tonight. 2008 brings to end a year that was a personal challenge for my husband and I, but brings it to end on a positive note. We feel better than ever and are excited about the possibilities and promises of 2009. I don't believe we are the only ones with hope and gratitude.

I would like to say my "gratefuls", as my Dad calls them, out here in the blogosphere. I am grateful for life, to learning how to live and learning from my mistakes. I am grateful for employment and the possibilities of doing more Italy tours in the future. I am grateful for my husband, who after having had to jump many physical and emotional hurtles this last year, not only cleared them, but came away jumping higher than I ever would have thought. I am grateful for the 5 wonderful years I spent with my dog, Golia, whom we had to put down this year. I am grateful for the opportunity we have to move in the next few weeks to a glorious piece of country on the Central Coast of California, where serenity reigns supreme. I am grateful to an amazing and supportive family, who I am lucky to count as my true friends besides being related to them. I am grateful for friends, old and new, who walk the path with me. I am grateful for my health, yoga, teachers, travel, abundance and nature.

May your new year and beyond be filled with peace, happiness, love and health. And just for some inspiration, I give you this quotation from Marianne Williamson:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.We must ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented and fabulous?Actually, who are you NOT to be?You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.It is not in just some of us; it’s in everyone.And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."


katiez said...

I hope you have a wonderful 2009 - and an easy move!

katerinafiore said...

Glad to see you back!!! Happy 2009 to you too!! :)

Rebecca Lemke said...

Your sharing your "gratefuls" makes me remember mine. Thank you. The Marianne Williiamson piece is wonderful. May you and Antonio have a happy, healthy and harmonious 2009.

Tamara said...

I am so glad to see you here in the blogosphere. I have been thinking about you in the last few months and during this second holiday season without your beloved mom.

I am praying you have a wonderful new year and that 2009 is good to you and your husband.

Take care,
Rocky Mountain Writer

The Passionate Palate said...

So glad you are all still out there and haven't forgotten about me! Happy new year to you all.

Ilva said...

It's so nice to find a blog post here again! I am really happy that your husband is better, I have been wondering! And I really hope that there will be a trip to Italy for you in the near future and that we hopefully can meet again!

Valerie said...

Auguri! Buon anno! Great to see you back in the blogosphere. Better still to see your list of 'gratefuls'...very good attitude for entering a new year. Tante belle cose.

Bella Baita View said...

I'm grateful that your life is back on the upswing and that you are back in the blogpshpere. Do you know what has happened to Inge. I miss her too.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Jeni... where are you?

Miss you around here!


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