The Christmas holidays have passed and the New Year is looming close.
It has been exactly one year since I began this blog and I started writing it for many reasons.
One reason is that I was looking for a creative outlet and I love to write.
Another was to share with other empty nesters that life does not end when the children become independent and move out–it is just a new phase of life.
But this blog has developed into more than that.
Along the way, these last twelve months I lightened my load and learned a few things myself.
I decluttered my life and home (although I’ve learned this is an ongoing process) of things I did not need, papers that were no longer useful and in a few instances people that were toxic.
I’ve lost weight, became a certified health coach and am living a healthier lifestyle with good foods, lots of water and exercise.
I gained more space in my house, my heart and my mind. I’ve gained more time and in many instances more peace.
I’ve gained-even more importantly-a great deal of perspective of what is truly important to me and my family.
2018 has been kind to me, but mostly because I have been kind to myself.
I am standing strong in my conviction that if something is not healthy for me-physically, emotionally or spiritually- then it doesn’t need to be in my life.
I am grateful for everyday of this year, even the difficult ones, and I am grateful for the people I share my life with–some close and some far–that have made this year so special.
In a few days we will raise a glass and toast the year that has passed and usher in a new one–
May 2019 bring us all more of the good, less of the bad and the strength and opportunity to continue our journeys.
I hope you all have a Happy New Year!