“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
-William Arthur Ward
2010 has come and gone. Wow, what a year it has been. As all of you know, I love to travel and the end of 2010 found me in bliss. In September to the middle of October, my husband and I visited London, York, the Cotswold’s, Oxford, Madrid, Segovia and Toledo. From the UK to Spain it was one hell of a ride. Then back to Los Angeles for a month and off to Maui Hawaii for Christmas break. The end of 2010 rang in 2011 with a whole lot of fun.
Now that we enter 2011, I am excited to see where this year brings me, what far off destination, what exciting new adventure awaits. Today I sit back and revisit my last few months with a big smile and a light heart. I believe one can never travel too much. To me, travel is the best source for an education. If one chooses to sink into the culture and drink up every moment, move on and drink from the fountain of life again and again, one can be the richest of all people. To allow yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and experience life is to fill your soul with the energy of this vast world and engage in mankind. This is how we become better, well-adjusted, tolerant, loving and giving human beings.
So now I will take a moment or two and think of all of my new friends, from the UK, to Spain from the island of Maui and my home in Los Angeles.
Happy New Year!
Soon we will be off to London and Spain once again. We will first visit London for about two weeks. This will be in part business and part pleasure. What I am most excited about is the shopping, the markets and visiting York.
We will spend our last weekend in York…the most haunted area in all of England…well that is what I am told. We will spend it with our two friends who moved to England from Los Angeles a little more than a year ago. This will be great. Haunted tours, beautiful and frightful history, and markets; oh how I love markets/
Then after two glorious weeks in London, our two American friends will travel with us to Madrid Spain. This will be our time to show Kevin and Tony around, enjoy great Spanish food and pastries and enjoy the laid back relaxed lifestyle of Spaniards.
”For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For Beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.”
– Audrey Hepburn
It’s hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
– George Burns
” Real generosity towards the future lies in giving your all to the present. ”
~ Albert Camus
1.Your presence is a present to the world.
2.You are unique and one of a kind.
3.Your life can be what you want it to be.
4.Take the days just one at a time.
5.Count your blessings, not your troubles.
6.You will make it through whatever comes along.
7.Within you are so many answers.
8.Understand, have courage, be strong.
9. Do not put limits on yourself.
10.So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
11.Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
12.Reach for your peak, your goal and you prize.
13.Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
14.The longer one carries a problem the heavier it gets.
15.Do not take things too seriously.
16.Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
17.Remember that a little love goes a long way.
18.Remember that a lot … goes forever.
19.Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
20.Life’s treasure are people together.
21.Realize that it is never too late.
22.Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
23.Have hearth and hope and happiness.
24.Take the time to wish upon a start.
AND DO NOT EVER FORGET ….
FOR EVEN A DAY
HOW VERY SPECIAL YOU ARE !
All these I KNOW…and yet, sometimes, in life we need to go through our own mistakes in order to realize who we aren’t ….