Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Good Riddance 2012 - Hello 2013

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I for one am glad to see the backside of the year 2012 and ready for a fresh look at life. The year 2012 was a very difficult year for me. It seems that I spent more time crying than anything else due to events beyond my control. As a result, I lacked the motivation to accomplish many of the things I set out to do and let my blog fall to the wayside in order to focus on emotional healing.

As I look back on 2012 I not only see the heartache, but I also see how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family that I love and loves me back. We've been each others rock through the tough times and I know that things will get better as the healing continues.

Over the past year four key events in my life have given me a new perspective of life and living.

  • I lost my Mom suddenly and unexpectantly to pancreatic cancer. The angels came within a month of her diagnosis. I am so glad that I flew back home to spend time with her and then spent an additional 3 months with Daddy and my sister. The tears are gradually turning to smiles of wonderful memories, but there are still moments of horrific sorrow. My Mom loved life and I know she wants us to pick up our boot straps and live life to the fullest. I plan on doing just that in 2013 by becoming involved in several activities to celebrate my Mom's life and fight the demon that took her from our lives so quickly.
    • I lost one of my beloved pets...Coco, my bunny. He was a domestic bunny I discovered eating my plants on my deck one spring shortly after Easter. We had him for almost 12 years after trying to locate his original owners. He thought he was a cat (since we have 2 cats that were his constant companions) and brought lots of love and smiles into our lives. I know he was just a bunny but my heart was broken for such a long time after losing him because he had been a part of our family for so many years. It took what seemed like an eternity for me to be able to prep carrots for dinner without crying. His presence in our home reminds me that love can come in unexpected packages and at unforeseen times.
      • Hurricane Sandy created horrendous devastation to our state of CT. The winds were absolutely frightening and the scenes afterwards were heart-wrenching. We made out pretty good in our area compared to the shoreline just to our south. Our little town was well prepared with comfort stations and very organized for the clean-up and restoration. It has been heart-warming to see people and communities pull together and come to the aid of those with a greater need than their own. This disaster has shown me the value of community and that real kindness still exists.
      • The Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy occurred within a couple miles of my house. We are still overwhelmed with the aftermath of the incident and its impact on our area, not to mention our nation. You cannot travel anywhere without seeing signs of grief and support. Thousands of people have come to the area and it is surreal to see businesses that you routinely patronize on the national news. The out-pouring of love and support from all over America and the world gives me hope for the future.

      So here's a welcome goodbye to 2012 and a determined hello to 2013. I'm resolute to getting back on track and making a difference.

      Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my 2012 heartbreaks with you. I hope you will come back soon and join me often in 2013. I will be creating numerous handmade cards, experimenting with new techniques, providing tips I discover and sharing some animal love! 

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