What Now?

26 Dec

I belong to a wonderful blogging community called GEB2. The administrator selects a topic and the members decide to write about that topic or not. This week’s topic is ‘free write.’ For 15 minutes we are supposed to write whatever comes to mind. This could be dangerous of course, but here goes.

This morning a friend of mine on Facebook posted ‘What Now?’ as her status. This morning I was thinking the exact same thing. It’s December 26th and for the past three months, we have been on a fast paced ride of stress and celebration. My mother-in-law who lives in Florida half the year decided she wanted to celebrate Christmas before leaving last November so we had our first Christmas celebration on October 29th. Yes, Christmas trees on tables as centerpieces, lights, presents, the works. Two days afterward I was still adding finishing touches to Halloween costumes as my kids walked out the door for their schools’ parties and trick or treating that night. Then of course, I hosted Thanksgiving, then my father-in-law had his Christmas on December 17, and finally, shopping, wrapping, and preparing for our Christmas. After Thanksgiving and as December rolled in, my husband and I were so tired it was like pulling teeth to put up the Christmas trees (we have two) along with the lights. So today, presents unwrapped, trash taken out, leftovers almost gone, and returns stacked…now what?

Saturday night we will ring in the New Year and I’m not ready…I’m still trying to catch up to 2011! Well, time never stops, and we can never go back. Recently I read an article by a fellow columnist in Dear Thyroid, Joanna Isbill. She is a young person living with cancer and her column was titled “Looking Back at Greiving Forward” referring to a past article called ‘Greiving Forward.’ What I loved about it was that the lesson applies to everyone, not only cancer fighters and survivors. At this time of year we all look back at where we’ve been and what we’ve done and we greive the things we wish we had accomplished or the relationships we lost. A new year brings us hope and aspirations to things we want to do or change as we move forward, greiving what was lost, grieiving the time that was wasted, but also taking our ‘new normal’ based on our experiences and moving forward. Deep, I know, but again, we can’t go back.

Anyway, my 15 minutes is up. Today I wear Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Fearless. It’s a beautiful mauve color which is easy to wear and great for everyday. It’s also super moisturizing which is great for cold weather when our lips are all dry. And the name? That’s how I want to bring in the New Year…FEARLESS!


12 Responses to “What Now?”

  1. Jo December 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    You are so right about not going back. It’s full steam ahead, man the torpedoes , batten the hatches!

    ♥ your attitude! And I usually share it.

    • Anna December 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      2012…man the torpedoes! Thanks Jo!

  2. Joyce December 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Have a happy New Year. New Year’s is fun, but I hate January. It’s cold, long, and uneventful.


    • Anna December 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      Happy New Year to you! I’m ok with January, it’s when I get to February and March that gets tough!

  3. Kat December 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Great post. I always enjoy reading your thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

  4. danneromero December 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    thoughtful post… but, hey, you wrote past the allotted 15 minutes! I’m telling! (tee-hee)

    • Anna December 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      Thanks! Actually the first time I wrote it I was under 15, but I typed it on my new iPad and erased it by accident when I was trying to link things up…had to redo on my home computer…

  5. Beth December 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    ‘Fearless’ is the PERFECT lipstick color to wear for free-writing!

  6. drchoneydew December 28, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    THIS…was AMAZING. Alot of stress i think, and it looks as if you flow through the paces without skipping a beat or ever forgetting to wear your lips perfectly! :0) i am amazed and truly blessed to know you

    • Anna December 28, 2011 at 7:08 am #

      Thank you! Yes, lots of stress. I’ve been tossing around the question..are people happy and excited during this time or are they stressed and can’t wait till it’s over? For me, every day was different. Thank you for your kindness and constant encouraging word!

  7. Claudia December 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Wow, you did have some hectic moments! And I liked your title!

    • Anna December 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      Yes, I didn’t even get to mention the work stress and the shingles I got!

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