As I look out my studio window this Sunday afternoon I feel an overwhelming sense of blessing and purpose. The New Year is showing promise with exciting possibilities—I can hardly contain myself. I hope as you read this post you are experiencing a similar feeling of promise, and embracing the greatness that you possess.
A few years back when I first started blogging, I created Skinny Chicks' Kitchen—sharing my journey of achieving balance in my life, specifically through eating. As I reminisce about one particular post Breaking Bad: Commit to the Plan I can't help but find myself back at the starting line, as I often do New Years Day—where hope brings new beginnings and second chances.
Last week I attended a funeral for a dear friend and longtime neighbor of mine—her name was Margaret. She was a character: a small petite woman you would find either dressed in her kitchen apron, a large hat and garden gloves, or her Sunday best. She made the best berry pies and she sang a very loud alto at church—a bit off key I might add. She had a strong sense of honesty which sometimes if you weren't prepared could sting just a little bit. When she laughed she did so with gusto and a snort. There was no one quite like Margaret.
At her funeral her grandson Andrew gave a touching address in honor of his grandmother. He mentioned he would often work along side her in the garden or doing odd jobs around their farm. He remembered a saying that Margaret would often share with him: "Don't say I can't, say I'll try". Through his tears Andrew honored Margaret with such a beautiful message, a message I just had to share.
Can you imagine all the amazing things we could accomplish or become if we only tried? This life of ours is a journey filled with learning, growing, stretching, failing and succeeding. As uncomfortable and sometimes discouraging our journey may be, it is at the same time exciting to know the amazing possibilities and opportunities before us—all we have to do is try. I love this quote by Michael Jordan:
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
I look forward to this New Year and all the amazing things I personally will experience. Friends, let's make 2015 significant. Let's show up and be present. Let's try things we've never tried before and fill our lives with meaning and purpose.
I am a creative soul with natural entrepreneurial instincts. I enjoy bringing my ideas to fruition and celebrating with those who shared in the process. God has blessed me with the gift of creative expression and I will forever be thankful.