Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

As I look back on how few posts I did in 2008, I fear I have become a little bored with my blog. I do not know what it is exactly. It seems that lately, I just do not have the time, nor do I feel inspired to write as much here as I used to. There are probably many reasons for this, and I could drone on and on about those reasons, but I think the crux of it is that I have become focused on many other things. I also think I am busier than usual , I have a slight case of the winter blahs, and It seems more of my energy is being used for higher priorities that have nothing to do with blogging this year. In a time like this with the bad economy and so many people suffering, and so much going on in the world, writing a blog and reading blogs about things as trivial as lip gloss and a good cup of coffee can be a welcome distraction from all the bad news. I want to thank everyone who has followed my blog, and I want to thank everyone who has made me laugh, entertained me , and educated me through their blogs. Blogging has afforded me travel opportunity and friendships--and that is a beautiful thing. Don't get me wrong, I do plan on blogging in 2009 as I have many adventures planned, and I have loads of beauty items to give away. Stay tuned.

In honor of the cusp of a new year, I wanted to list my goals and wishes for 2009.

I have had the same resolution for the past few years: to stay far away from crazy people who bring drama to my life. That has worked very well for me, so I see no reason to change it. Other than that, I usually do not make resolutions, instead I make goals. Here are a few:

I want to honor my good health by running more and eating more fruits and vegetables.

I want to drink more water and less Diet Pepsi.

In this vein, I want to consciously be thankful for my good health every day, as so many people I know and love have suffered illnesses and health scares lately.

I want to breathe deeper, be more patient and less judgemental (unless you are a crazy drama monger--in which case I will judge you all day long).

I want to physically be around the people I love more this year. I am so lucky and thankful to have wonderful family members and friends that I love.

I want to eliminate all unnecessary drama and chaos and clutter from my life and my house.

I want to take moments throughout my day to stop and really be present.

I want the world to get better, be more united, and stop fighting. I know that one sounds slightly Pollyanna in the current state of things, but I really do want the world to get better, and I have high hopes.

I want to be aware of the energy around me and how I am contributing to that energy.

I want to laugh more (lots more) and worry less (much less).
I want to feel more free, love more free, and be kinder (again, unless you are a drama-monger in which case I will not be kind to you).

I want to see the world and be more open minded. I not only want to be more open minded in reference to travel and new cultures, I want to be more open minded to many many things (again, except for drama mongers).

I want to do more things that make me happy with abandon and gusto.

And last but most certainly not least, I wish these sweet sneaks came in my size:
How hot are those kicks? Ernie and Burt and Grover! I totally want them.

Thank you to all of you for making my 2008 great.

Here is wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year Full of Love and Laughter!

(shoe photo from a Finish Line catalog and Dear Finish Line: Please make these in a size 8 ladies. Thanks in advance)


Blogger violetnoir said...

And a very Happy New Year to you, D and that adorable pup, Finley, J!


9:32 AM  
Blogger MISS S said...

Words cannot express how much I love you for just being you!

I loved all at your goals. I also have a goal to laugh more, and worry less!

I had a salty caramel hot chocolate from Starbuck tonight and totally thought of you!! You were right it was very yummy!

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello beautiful Monkey Lady.
I hope 2009 opens up to be a wonderful year for you and D.

From your entry, it sounds as though you may retire from blogging? Please don't do it. The world needs your positive & funny outlook, except of course for dramatic people whom you chose to avoid. I am with you there girl.
I knew you slowed down on your blogging because you have not documented many of the beautiful and fashionable things we have done lately.
Maybe you next chapter is to be an Internation Woman of Mystery. Worked for Austin Powers.

We miss you!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Boston Red Lox said...

What a beautiful post. It makes me resolve to make 2009 a better year for myself. Thank you, and Happy New Year!

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Jen.
Happy New Year!!

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year right back to you, Jen.
I hope that you have lots of travel and fun and joy in the new year.

Those shoes are hilarious. I want some too. Let's start a trend.

4:44 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

**Hi R,
Happy New Year to you and your family too. I enjoyed hanging out with you and K in 2008. I am looking forward to coming to CA to sniff and paint the town!

**Dear Miss S-
Girl you know I love you too...don't go changin' to try to please me. You never let me down before. I don't imagine you're too familiar...Gosh I love Billy Joel. Seriously I am so happy to have gotten to hang out with you in 2008also!
Hopefully we can hang out again soon! Oh and YES the salted caramel hot chocolates are divine!

*Hi M-
Thanks for your kind words. I am not retiring from blogging totally...just going to try to be a more productive citizen in 2009. I like the idea of being an international woman of mystery.

*Hi Boston-
Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comment. I am so happy you are blogging again. I missed you when you were gone. I will check you out on the sugar network. Here is hoping 2009 is wonderful for you. Maybe we can meet sometime when I visit Boston and we can jar over a LOBSTER ROLL. My favorite!

**Hi Lovely Gretchen-
How are you? I can't believe it was over a year since we hung out. My how time flies!
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2009!

**Hi Jan-
I hope that you are doing great and that everyone is enjoying the New Year thus far. Thanks for stopping by and I will talk to you soon!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Jacki said...

You are so on target with your resolutions.
I hope to live more in the moment this year. I want to be my full, open and honest self with each situation that presents itself.

I'd totally wear those shoes! Of course it doesn't help that my maiden name was Burt so I've always had an obsession. I will have to settle for some really supportive running shoes though to help me on my way of being a healthier me.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

What a beautiful list. I think you have the right priorities for the coming year, and I definitely want to adopt some of these for myself. Decluttering my environment is a big one for me this year. And being thankful--I take so much for granted. Best wishes to you in 2009, J!

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 2009 Jen.
Hope your 2009 is just as good if not better than your 2008.

Keep doing what you do!
I love your goals and the shoes are hysterical.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Patricia Perry said...

Happy New Year (belatedly) - and if and when you blog, or even if you don't - I will always be fascinated by what you have to say.

My one and only resolution this year was take good care of myself in 2009. Of course, that probably leads into all kinds of sub-resolutions about exercise and bad carb consumption and getting more sleep, but I didn't work out any details. I'll figure those out as I go.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Swirl Girl said...

I love your goals. I think I will steal some for my own. :) I miss you and hope you have not turned into a fashion-sicle. I know it is freezing where you are!!!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

my've certainly had some bad experiences with drama mongers...hope 2009 is wonderful so far!!!

11:48 AM  
Blogger EMILY said...

This post is OH! SO! TAURUS!

Astrologically yours,

9:24 AM  

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