First post of 2017: it’s “good bye 2016” and “HELLO, 2017”. I, for one, am happy to see 2017 arrive. I don’t know about you but 2016 was quite the hectic year for me (mostly work related so I’m so glad that chapter is DONE.). The Christmas holidays were a welcomed treat that I really really REALLY needed. Family, friends, food, laughter, and some much needed R and R, I mean life is great when there’s time to appreciate the simple things in life.
As you can tell by this somewhat tardy post, I took my time getting back into the swing of things. With the holiday festivities slowly winding down, I can already sense the increasing back-to-work angst. You see, I decided to take a few extra days off so I wouldn’t go back to work right after January 1. While I greatly appreciate the extra time at home, I can feel the ever rising ‘OMG, I have to go back to work’ brewing at the back of my brain screaming to make its way into my every waking thought. However, I’m determined to not let that voice win.
After all, Spring is RIGHT around the corner. I can feel it already. Sure, it’s still freezing outside but Winter Solstice has come and gone and the days are getting longer and longer. It’s no longer pitch dark when I get off work = BONUS!!! It’s really only a matter of time.
In this very moment, I choose to focus on positive things. Life is too short and I’m too good at fretting to do otherwise. So, to kick off 2017, here are some of my current favourites:
Food – oh wait, that’s not a new favourite. It happens to be an ongoing favourite as are family and friends! Silly me. However, all three deserve an ongoing mention because quite frankly, without them, life just wouldn’t be what it is. Over the holidays, I shared more stories with family and friends including one particularly captivating memory that involved a chimney, a present, a door bell, and Santa. Brilliant!
The new Pentatonix Christmas album (sure it’s not NEW anymore per se and it may not be Christmas anymore but I’m still listening to it!)
www.recipetineats.com – this is a food blog website that I recently discovered over the holidays with fantastic recipes. I made pikelets (delicious) and flatbread (also delicious) using recipes from the site and I’m this close to creating a fan club for Nagi, the magician behind the site.
So, long story short: embrace 2017. In a time when the world is going topsy turvy, it’s easy to fall flat on your face in despair. Choose to be positive, to make the world better for those around you whether with a smile or a kind word. Random acts of kindness are still a favourite of mine. I’ve done a few already and it’s only January 3rd!
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