Reflecting back on 2011

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 My sis and I picked up Frenchie from the airport today and he'll be ringing in the New Year with my family this weekend.  They're watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia right now so I thought I'd take a moment to reflect back very briefly on this past year.  We've had our share of rough patches, what with the family emergency in May and my grandmother beginning dialysis this summer.  But through it all, I feel as though my family and I have been buoyed by the sense of caring and closeness from our extended family and friends.  For me, that has really been the game changer in 2011.  I've learned that people are tougher than you ever thought possible and the desire to move on and live is inexplicable.  From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all health and happiness in the next year.  I hope to be here at this time next year, reflecting on the positive things I've taken from the year and looking forward to what's to come.  My motto for 2012 is to live bravely, truly bravely - what's yours?


  1. Happy New Year, Rooth!!! Wish you love, health and inspiration!
    All the best,

  2. Always Sunny in Philidelphia is one of my favorite shows! So funny!!

    Happy new year girlie :) So glad that I found your blog!!

  3. Happy new year to you. I love your motto. It may be something I need to adopt myself (since I haven't thought of one yet).


  4. Such a good resolution, I totally share it. Good luck! x

  5. I feel the same--as a matter of fact, I've adopted the quote from Mary Anne Radmacher, "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"

    Happy New Year!

  6. My mantra is to GET THROUGH 2012. OK, maybe get through happily. But still! Life is just a big to-do list, right? 2011, DONE. 2012: to get over.

  7. bravely, truly bravely! love that. I am working on my goals for 2012. I am super excited since the year starts off with such change for me. more about that tomorrow i hope. wishing you a truly bravely 2012. xx - joanna


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