#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

New Year’s Eve

I have largely recovered from Christmas and its before-and-aftermaths.  :)  As my old daddy used to say, I’ve had about as much fun as I can stand.

Every guest room was full, and the kitchen was Grand Central Station, in micro.  I ate and I drank–there was a lot to celebrate–but now I’m back, with some relief, on the D.I.E.T.  and walking Bernice at least once a day.  She lives for those walks.  :)

For me, by contrast, New Year’s is a very quiet and introspective time.  I set goals and intentions, light candles, and reflect on my long, long gratitude list.  I think about things I’d like to do differently in the future, like most people, but I can’t say I make actual resolutions.  That just doesn’t work for me, perhaps because the resolutions are so often framed (nobody’s fault but my own) in a negative way. 

I like my friend Debbie Macomber’s “word” method–see the current issue of “Guideposts”, she’s on the cover!–i.e., choosing a powerful, concise word to live up to in the coming year.  This year, I’m choosing “Thrive”.  I’m determined to relax a little and enjoy the things I’ve already achieved, instead of looking for the ever elusive “more”.  At my stage of life, it’s about collecting experiences, not things.

I’ve set up the beginnings of an art journal, done calendar style, with a small square for each day of January, just to make a note.  I’m not all that happy with it, frankly, but since I have a shelf-full of art journals with one or two pages filled, I’m determined to follow through.  In other words, I’m willing to do this badly until I can do it better.  :)  After all, it’s a personal journal–how fancy does it have to be?  Of course it doesn’t look like the journals of artists I admire, like Teesha Moore and Pam Carriker, to name just two of dozens, but there is a good reason for that.  It’s MY journal and it should reflect where I’m at in my journey, in the all-important Right Now.

On another topic, if you were in Spokane right this moment, you’d swear it was spring.  The sun is shining and the sky is the most delicate blue.  Only the cold would give you a clue that it’s really the last day of December, and I’ve got that covered.  My sister Sally knitted me a wonderful, warm scarf to wear when Bernice and I head out on our short treks around the property and my trusty old nylon jacket keeps out the chill.

You, my friends and readers, are at the top of my gratitude list this year and every year.  Thank you for being exactly who you are, and for doing what you do. 

Here’s to a wonderful 2012, for all of us.

5 comments to “New Year’s Eve”

  1. Lois
      · December 31st, 2011 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Happy New Year and lots of walks with Bernice.

  2. Lauri
      · January 1st, 2012 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you, too!Cheers.

  3. SallyRags
      · January 2nd, 2012 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Love the Debbie Macomber word idea. I am reading One Simple Act by Debbie and it is a perfect book to start the New Year. Love you.

  4. Hilda
      · January 3rd, 2012 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Seattle's weather is the same as Spokane's right now. I feel blessed, yet guilty about the easy winter so far. Happy New Year to you and Bernice. May many more great stories come out of your head and heart! Hilda

    • Kostas
        · December 2nd, 2012 at 2:56 pm · Link

      Date of stay: 11th June 2010Well where do I start. My family (DAVIS FAMILY) seyatd at this beautiful castle of a home for 10 days June 2010. We were traveling from WAUKEGAN ILLINOIS. Once we arrived at the home and opened the doors, we almost broke down in tears. The house is ABSOLUTELY beautiful on the exterior and SUPERBLY decorated on the interior. EVERYTHING about this home was PERFECT. We loved the open floor plan, the furniture was super COMFORTABLE and the pool area was LIGHT BY THE SUN SHINE during the day AND MOONLIGHT at night. My mother in law flew in from BELGIUM and we had a nice bottle of champagne waiting for her in the bedroom by the pool which she called home for the vacation. My family of 4 had a very easy time getting accumstomed to the surroundings. The garage was IMPRESSIVE as it was decked out with a MARVELOUS pool table with blue lining and a foos-ball table with CEILING FANS, CARPET, AND AIR CONDITIONER. All of the bedrooms were so INVITING, and the beds were so SOFT and CUSHIONED. Everything about his place is FANTASTIC. We basically just seyatd at the home for the entire 10 days soaking in the sun from morning until night. It was so awesome that the sun was always directly over us(BONUS FOR THOSE WANTING A SUPER TAN TO TAKE BACK HOME) ALL IN ALL THIS HOME IS A HIDDEN GEM. THE PRICES ARE JUST RIGHT. We actually felt that we could not have picked a better vacation home this time around as this was our 3rd time vacationing in FLORIDA. The toughest part of all was having to say goodbye, as we wish that this could have been our permanent stay. Cheryl, was the most professional and courteous host who stopped by with her dog to ensure that everythign was ok. We loved it Cheryl, we are surely coming back to your home, hopefully this time you can stay a bit longer and relax by the pool with us. WE MISS THIS HOME with each and every passing day. This truly was the MOST RELAXING getaway HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Don’t just take our word for it, venture to it and experience the GREATEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Thank you for having us, The Davis Family

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