Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Year and a fresh start...

I am not given to make New Years resolutions
but do try to visualize the beginning of the year with fresh eyes and optimism.
Anything is possible!

Life will unfold as it will, as it usually does.
One can never predict what might be, where one may go, what challenges we might face.
We can only control how we react...

Embracing and holding close ~ family and friends.
Good friends are gifts and ones worth tending...
family members need unconditional love and support
(must keep in check my tendency to smother!)

Remember to keep my spirits up and to keep moving, however slow or fast.
Feeding my soul as well as my body.

Finding a time for quiet reflection
an outlet for stress
something of beauty to behold
something meaningful to do
and someone to love.

waterfront walks
go a long way to keeping me focused and fit

living in a neighbourhood
belonging to a group
doing something for others

home keeping
cocooning in a cozy space
finding joy in the everyday routines

~ it's the little things ~
accents from nature
a juxtaposition 
the unexpected that catch my eye
and hold me close like a whisper
~ ~ ~

pushing the envelope
taking life less seriously
not conforming
taking risks

dressing up for the day 
when staying at home doing domestics
and no one sees me but the cats!

indulging in a little luxury
a scented soap
a hot bath
emollient creams
cashmere sweaters and socks
a soft scarf
designer fragrance

exploring a new shop

tickling ones taste buds

(salad dressing never tasted so good!)

~Adopting an attitude of gratitude~

"it's not the grandeur
it's the simple
that keep me grounded"

I'm looking ahead to the New Year
with a spring in my step and hope in my heart.

Your thoughts are most welcome
I hope you'll share some of them with me.

~ ~ ~

"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. 
I do not judge the universe."
Dalai Lama 


  1. I appreciate your take on the new year. You are recognizing that things go on in our lives that we can't control. You are also very grateful for what you have and focusing on the little things that make life wonderful. It's so refreshing to read!
    Happy New Year!
    xo, A

  2. Happy new year to you, I hope yours is bright. Thanks for always both inspiring me and calming me down! xo

  3. What a beautiful post - words & photos. AND I absolutely ♥ your profile picture. You bring class and charm to the the word and concept of "hostess".

  4. Beautiful post. You're an inspiration and a calming influence on us all.

  5. I wish you a New Year filled with all that soothes and inspires you. I have so enjoyed all of my visits to you lovely bungalow.

  6. This is very upbeat. I think it will cheer many people who choose not to comment because they are shy.


  7. Just lovely, and so well said. "An attitude of gratitude"-I love that.
    Happiest of New Year wishes to you Hostess!

  8. Sensibly written Leslie.
    All I´d add, is to allow sadness/ sorrow / melancholy in one´s life and f e e l those emotions, if and when they appear.
    The whole scale of emotions is important to meet as such, not everything has a bright side in it, black can´t be turned into white, nor do I wish to do the vice versa.
    I might learn to understand difficult things, but no one can force me to accept them. Just my personal view..

  9. Reading your blog is a delight. Thank you for focusing on what is important. There are times when I am focused on what I want to do around the house without taking others wishes into consideration. Thank you for helping me to take my foot off the gas pedal instead of going full steam ahead.( sorry for the mixed metaphor)

  10. Lovely post and very inspiring! Happy New Year!