But yesterday I took a quick peek at the list I'd made of some of my favourite Christmas things. Somehow, the so-seasonal picture of sugar cookies on a plate and candy cane sticks poking out from a mug of something steamy suddenly seemed 'past its prime'. Which meant it was time to dismantle and remove vestiges of the season here online as we wait for the dawn of a brand new year.
You see, as we draw the curtains closer on this old year, I'm already eagerly awaiting January 1st and what's ahead in 2014.
I've been getting ready for another online memoir writing course with Lisa Dale Norton -- it starts next week. Getting ready for me includes having a project idea lined up of what I want to write about (the last time I took the course, I was a green horn and didn't know what to expect). And, also important, I've been working on having a few meals in the freezer, things like homemade soup and pasta sauce. Which means more time for writing and pondering and
Let's see, what else... I've been purging my ever-increasing load of emails that arrive from all manner of sources --- wanted and so many ununwanted and unsolicited -- determining that this year I am NOT allowing emails to pile up in my inbox till it groans with the cyber-weight.
With the help of a tech-savvy nephew, I even tuned up my computer yesterday. Yes, even computers get bogged down in the corners with stuff that we don't need or want...and we even scratch our heads wondering when that thing got downloaded. We uninstalled programs I no longer needed and did a full and proper scan for viruses. I was amazed at how swift my computer runs again -- I feel quite light headed about it all. Mmm....maybe I'll be able to blog faster now too..haha...don't count on it, my friends.
As you can see, it's just little stuff I'm working on, but the momentum is very real as I feel myself moving towards something new and feeling the anticipation.
Not only have I been working on my surroundings, I've been thinking about my focus or that ponderable 'word for the season' for my inner journey as well. What with all this cleaning up of the old, I think the word 'purge' becomes a good mantra -- letting go of the clutter, the unncessary, the distractions that water down my energy and time.
As for my heart's cry... this morning as I woke in the wee hours...I heard the 'still small voice' speaking deep within some encouraging, comforting and exhorting words. Words that seemed to give some focus or direction too. As my post is getting on, I'm going to share that
So...on that note, I'm off to do a couple of errands before the evening descends. As dear hubby and I work at our local performing arts center (there are events both tonight and tomorrow, so said cleaners must do their duty, even on New Year's Eve), we'll be long retired before the bells ring in the New Year in our corner of the world. As one friend says, whether he stays up or not, the year will still arrive. We'll toast it ahead.
For everyone else who's staying up... (or not)... here's wishing you a very Happy New Year's Eve. May tonight ring 2014 in with grace, beauty and much joy.
Hugs and blisses,
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