Friday, December 31, 2010

Year In Review

It's the last day of 2010...WOW. As I look back on this year, I guess I'd rate it a 5 on a scale of 1-10...not awesome, but it didn't totally suck either. :-) Considering the state of our economy, I feel we are blessed to have jobs that give us enough $ to pay our bills, a cute little home that keeps us safe & warm, and friends & family who are amazing. My desire for my personal growth is to examine the ups & downs of this year, learn from them, and continue a forward path toward being my best self. I compiled a list of all the baggage I wish to "leave behind" in 2010. What I discovered was that all the things I wanted to change about myself fell under the very first "issue" I had written down: Self doubt. I don't know if it's a fear of failure, a fear of success (or maybe even both), but I stay in mediocrity (hence the fact that I view this year as a 5?!) because it's safe. For example, I have a few business ideas swimming around in my brain, but I make NO attempt to pursue them. Also, I've pretty much always struggled with wanting to be thinner and in better shape...yet you haven't seen my a$$ at the gym, nor do I seem to have the willpower to put down the _______ (fill in the blank with any non-diet approved food). My family deserves more....I deserve more!
My sister-in-law Michele and her fiance Charlie are visiting us from upstate NY, & we've all made this "goodbye 2010" list. Tonight we're going to have a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and throw our list into the fire. Here's to a new year...Happy 2011!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Meeting Santa

What is your first memory of Santa? I've seen pictures of my sister and I on Santa's lap when we were really little, but I don't remember many of the actual interactions I had will Old Saint Nick. Last weekend we saw Santa greeting shoppers outside O.P. Taylors, a fantastic toy store in downtown Brevard, NC. Rich was excited to introduce Santa to Gage...I was expecting Gage to run the other way in fear. The outcome?!? Well, nothing melts your heart like seeing your 2 year old run up to Santa to get a hug...

I know Gage won't remember this first time meeting Santa, but in this case, a picture really IS worth a thousand words...let the holidays begin!!!