Sendoff to 2011

If someone would have told me when I was 16 years old that time would eventually fly by so quickly I could barely catch my breath, I would not have believed that person.

Here I am, trying to get in one last blog post before 2011 expires and after being on Christmas vacation for over a week. I have no idea how it is December 31st – none.

As each year passes, the days, weeks, and months speed past me at an alarming rate. Scarier still is that while I have much to live for and much to look forward to, I believe I could be living more fully. Does that make sense? Essentially, instead of putting down specific resolutions which I want to “stick to” (and probably wouldn’t (see last year’s list)), I’m keeping it simple for this coming year and for all my years to come: be present. Live in the now.

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of life which are unpleasing. That’s what I have done in 2011 and at the year’s end, today, the first things that come to mind when I look back are the hardships. I dealt with some health issues–sometimes alarming ones–which have made me sit up and pay more attention to what’s REALLY important.

So what IS really important? Love. Family. Real friendships. Personal fulfillment. Being in the moment. Appreciating those times of joy and laughter and cherishing them for their immeasurable value.

Kevin and I spent the morning with some family members and had some belly laughs, swapped stories, and ate some delicious food. It’s such a blessing to have so much love in both our families. That’s how I enter 2012: with a full heart and more clarity on how I want to be spending my time.

The “bad stuff” is unpredictable and will always happen when we can least afford to endure it. What I am making an effort to do is to not freak the hell out when something happens now, and yes, to even try to laugh at it. This is a particular challenge for me because I have a flair for freaking out. I can really mull something over and over and over questioning, “WHY ME?” quite a bit.

For example, I’m still in the middle of unpacking from Christmas vacation and figuring out the rest of my weekend. I’m sitting here at my computer, minding my own business, and the shelf which sits above my computer monitor suddenly gives way. I had to clear off everything from the shelf and now I wait for Kevin to repair it for me. I really wanted to whine and complain about it for a little while but I took a few deep breaths, focused on the fact that it didn’t come crashing down on my monitor while I was gone for a week, and now I  simply look forward to it being repaired.

That’s some serious pivotal behavior for a freak-outter like me! (Can you tell I’m patting myself on the back about it?)

I love the freshness that a new year brings. I always wish I can hold onto it as the months pass by but it seems inevitable that by the fall, the year has become as comfortable as a well worn pair of shoes. December never feels like a full month but a couple of weekends and we’re at Christmas and New Year’s.

2011 has seen a continuing passion for blogging and an expansion into another art form, that of photography. I am so appreciative for the gift of writing and sharing with you all and am thoroughly excited for another year ahead. I’m focusing on this sensation of brimming with enthusiasm and of course I’ll be sharing more exploits. (I thought of another driving post I could do!)

May 2012 bring you a tidal wave of happy moments, new adventures, and fulfillment until you burst.

See you on the flip of the calendar!

Last of the blooms

A top favorite photo from 2011.


  1. Happy happy new year to you and Kevin, Zoe! Also, The reality behind Einstein’s theory is a drag. It does get faster and faster. Ask the Grandma. She’ll tell you how quickly this last year has gone for her!

  2. Happy new year to you too! I so agree with your perception of what’s most important in life. 2011 has been the year to discover blogging for me too. I hope that the new year will be opening our eyes to new horizons again… 🙂

  3. Happy New Year, Zoe! Yes, I learned a lot about what is really important this year, too, and it was (mostly) for the good 🙂 I hope your 2012 is all kinds of awesome!

  4. “Growing in wisdom, age and grace…” and plenty of humor. How cool is it to be your mom? And your Italian Mom at that! 😉 xoxo

  5. Happy new year Zoe! Heres hoping 2012 is filled with good times and loved ones!


  7. Ashley Becker says:

    Happy New Year Zoe! It’s so true that time keeps going by faster! I recently calculated that if I live until 85, I have about another 19,000 days to “get it right.” That is if I am lucky and healthy which no one ever can predict. Since we’re about the same age that is approximate for you too. 🙂 But, I also realize that I can only be guaranteed the moment I have now. That has helped me to want to make the most out of every moment, even though that isn’t always easy. Being present in each moment is the first step towards making the most out of things so it’s one of my resolutions too. 🙂 It’s good for gratitude and reflection, but another great benefit of being in the moment is it reduces anxiety and worrying since you must only focus only on what’s right in front of you. I hope you have a prosperous 2012, I love seeing your blog and photography business grow!

    • Ashley, what a sweet and thoughtful thing to say! Happy New Year! I’ve been wondering how your Etsy shop and everything is going, as well! You’re totally right about gratitude and how being in the moment reduces anxiety. Today’s been a really great “present” day – I hope it’s been for you, as well!

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