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What an incredible year it has been, the past 12 months seemed to fly by with only a few days that lingered on . . . I watched our budget, diligently, scrimped, cut expenses everywhere I possibly could, made a few changes to our home (with the help of my wonderful husband, of course) and made it a priority to spend more time with both friends and family.

At first, it was a concerted effort for me to get away from my work and to just "leave it alone" while we were all together. I'd find myself sneaking off for a few minutes here and there to check my sites, respond to messages or return phone calls and emails, even though it was supposed to be a "work free" time. Did you know... It has been more than 3 full years since I took a complete "Day Off" where I didn't work at all?! After awhile, it got easier and this past year I learned that having the time away has made a huge difference in my stress levels and has allowed me to enjoy my work even more.

I've met some incredible people over the past year, some that have changed my life forever in just a short time, as well as lost a few, May they rest in Peace Bridget, Kimmie, Michelle, Wylie, and Anita. We were visiting with friends the other night, planning New Years when they got a phone call that a good friend and his wife were in an accident. The wife didn't make it and the husband is not well, already undergoing multiple surgeries, etc. It was yet another wave of realization for us that you HAVE TO LIVE FOR TODAY. You just don't know when your time is up. I don't want to wait until "retirement" to see the world and learn new things, undertake new projects, etc. I want to live every day like it's my last, because let's face it, it really could be.

My kids have grown into fine young men and I hadn't realized just how much until last night when my youngest accompanied the band on drums on songs way before his time and fit it with them like he'd been playing all his life. It was a "wow" moment for me and so much fun to listen to them all play and I think it was the first time that it dawned on me just how "old" they've gotten.

Over the holidays we had family visit that I literally hadn't seen in Years and it was as if those years in between had never happened at all after just a couple hours with them. We all hemmed and hawed over the impending Fiscal cliff mess and decided that we'd all say to heck with it, we already do what we can and we can't change congress now, we'd better just hang on to our hats and move forward. So with all that in mind, I'm strengthening my resolve to do the following:

  • Continue Saving when/where I can
  • Grow more of my own food/ take on a better appreciation for self-sustainability & pass it on to my kids
  • Spend more time with friends while we can, because you never know when they'll be taken from you
  • Learn something new Every Day- even if it's a little thing

May you blessings be abundant, your debts meager, your health radiant and your table full this coming year!

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