Thursday, December 4, 2014

And it was a very good year for ...

2014 isn't quite over yet, but I have been thinking about what happened that made me happy, helped me be healthier or more connected, and other steps forward in my life. So here's an incomplete list of good things this year brought me. I'll skip the bad things LOL.

- I started exercising regularly again.

- My 65th birthday party was exactly what I wanted and asked for!

- One son found a full time job after a period of part time employment. A DIL switched jobs in what seems to be a good move. The other son and DIL continue to do well in their jobs. More importantly, all are happy.

- I have been spending more time with friends and family; slowing increasing my socializing.

- My family expanded with a second great niece arrived and she and her Mom are doing very well. They live in Kenya so I don't get to see them though.

- A niece got her first professional musical theatre part in NY and is so thrilled.

- Having bored myself and spent money on clothes I don't like, I got serious about figuring out how to dress well for my current life and appearance. A work in progress. I highly recommend Imogen Lamport's Evolve Your Style and 7 Steps to Style programs which both include private Facebook groups of lovely, kind, supportive women from around the world.

- We started talking about where we might live and the lifestyle we want after Hubby retires in 2 1/2 years. Good conversations.

- My brother and I became closer as we worked through closing out our Mom's estate.

- I also connected with some extended family members that I hadn't been in contact with and am finding I like them a lot!

- I continued to read a lot of good books while quickly closing those that were boring or hard to get into - borrowing at the library enables this addiction!

- I am pleased that two younger (50ish) people have joined the Friends of the Library executive committee. My roles in this organization also need to be transitioned to younger people over the next two years and I announced that!

- Our little poodle princess is doing well on her medication for her Addison's disease. I am grateful our vet figured out the problem before she slipped into a coma or died.

- My FIL seems to have successfully transitioned into his senior living facility after only a few months - a very hard change.

I'm sure there is a lot more that I could think of but that alone makes 2014 a very excellent year.


  1. It sounds like you have much to be happy about! Your list contains items both big and small - a good reminder that happiness comes in many sizes, but they all add up.

    Best wishes to you and your family for an excellent 2015 too!

  2. Wonderful post, Juhli! Doesn't it make you feel good to write out all of the positives from the past year? It had such a great impact on me that I think I'll do it every year. You really have a lot of things to be happy about! Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays and in the New Year!

    1. Thanks Debbie and the same wishes for you.