After a time of silence here, it feels refreshing to be back in this familiar place of mine. My heart-full apologies for being away so long...
2016 was my own personal annus horribilus and I'm glad to close the chapter of that year now. There will be no backward glance shared here, as so much of the latter half of the past year was very painful at times.
Myself and my life crashed and burned for a while. Some things were lost in the fire. But some things were, miraculously, saved. And now, in the embers, a phoenix in me is slowly regaining her feathers. In a lot of ways I feel like a trauma patient recovering and easing back into motion, into life. Relearning all the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and touch of being alive. It's gentle going at the moment, but it feels wonderful.
Hope was my word for 2016. Some hopes crashed and burned for a little while. It is only really now that hope springs anew, and God is reshaping me for something more. Something better than I could have imagined all on my own.
JOY is my word for 2017. After being in a dark valley for some time, it feels good to try and choose a bold word to live into and dwell in.
As this New Year dawns, I surround my self with love and lovely familiar things. This week I'll be doing as I have done for some years now, and journalling with Susannah Conway's Unravel Your Year workbook. I've got my colorful pens and notebook ready to tear apart and release the old year and write my way into this new one... with JOY!
Wishing you a JOY-filled 2017! Do you have any plans so far? What dreams to explore? Places to go? New things to try, or current things to work on? I would love to hear your ideas! I will be sharing some of my own here as the days go.
Many thanks to you all who stuck by me during a very difficult time of my life--for checking in with my be email, by snail mail, and other happy ways to keep in touch. It truly is during the down times when we discover the depth of relationships, our friendships. I'm so thankful to still have friends here--thanks to this old thing, blogging. Thank you... :)))
P.S. One thing that was lost last year was our cat, Charlie. Very sadly, TJ & I lost our fur-angel to cancer back in November. The heartache hurt so much I just couldn't share about it here at the time. I know many of you loved our Charlie too. He was the true star of this place. With a new year and a new chapter unfolding, it was tempting for me to create a new banner here. But I won't. I want Charlie to be at the top here. For me. And for you. In time, TJ & I hope to open our hearts and home to a new fur-friend... and the adventure that could be.