Monday, December 31, 2018

So long, 2018

And here we are on the last day of 2018. Where did the year go? Some days it felt like it was zipping right by. Other days it felt like it was dragging along. If you follow the news, you know that the past twelve months have been interesting and forceful and extreme and oftentimes tragic and chaotic. Despite everything, there have been stories of compassion and hope and joy. Because there is far more goodness in this world and far more people with integrity, whether we choose to believe it or not.



On a personal level, the year started off rather hard for me and continued that way for months. I felt discontented, lost, restless, tired and unmotivated. I felt beaten down by the stress caused by the lengthy sale of our home in Kingston, the move to a new city, the sudden loss of our black cat, the physical exhaustion caused by the abundance of work in our new house, conflict with a family member, lack of sleep, lack of outdoor time...and on and on it went. I was physically, mentally and emotionally burned out.

But I maintained hope. And with that hope in hand I slowly took action and made changes in my life that turned things around. It worked. As the year comes to an end, I am happy, focused and more energetic. My journey has stabilized and my enthusiasm has returned. Doing volunteer work and joining a group at the local metaphysical store are just two of many contributors to this return to well-being. I am grateful for this transition, the lessons learned along the way and the year ending on a positive note. What does 2019 have in store? Does it really matter? I will focus on living in the moment and making the best of each new day that I’m fortunate enough to wake up to.



Tomorrow, a new year begins and we are given 365 opportunities to make this a better world. The only way to do this is to stop the ignorance, stop the intolerance and stand strong against it together. I will do my part in respecting the world I live in, being kind to all living beings, feeling gratitude for all my blessings and celebrating each moment of this incredible thing we call life. I hope you will join me.



I’m thankful for all of you, for sharing this journey with me. And I wish each and every one of you peace, joy and good health in 2019. Let’s make it the best year yet.

Happy New Year, my friends!

24 comments:

  1. Stress and burnout are real bastards. I'm glad you got the rest and rejuvenation you needed to end 2018 on a happy note. May you have a wonderful 2019!

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  2. I concur with Debra about stress and burnout. Here's hoping that 2019 sees you in a much more contented, relaxed, fulfilled place! -Jenn

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  3. Beautiful reflective post, Happiest of New Years Martha. It would help if we had a bit of sunshine.

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  4. Martha, may your 2019 surpass 2018 in every way. Here is wishing you and yours the happiest and healthiest of New Years.

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  5. Happy New year to you and your family!

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  6. Happy New Year to you and your family, I hope it's a good one!

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  7. You're right that we all have to work together to bring about positive change in our world. Happy New Year and all the best to you in 2019.

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  8. Beautiful post. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year! XO

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  9. It is good to maintain hope like you did and to persevere during those tough times. We are always victorious on the other side if we do that! May 2019 be a gentler year for you and yours! Happy New Year!

    betty

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  10. You've been through a lot Martha! I'm wishing for a much kinder new year for you and your family!

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  11. Thank you all for your kindness, support and friendship. Love you all xo Happy 2019!

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  12. I'm late! I'm late! Spent nine hours with Mom at the ER yesterday (it all turned out fine but it was a tiring expedition) so I'm behind with my new year greetings. May 2019 be kinder to you, Martha. You've had a lot of changes and stress, and hopefully that is behind you.

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    1. I'm glad to hear it turned out fine with your mom. But things like that are indeed exhausting, especially being there for so many hours!

      Thank you for your kind wishes! Here's to a happy and peaceful 2019 for both of us!

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  13. A very nice reflective post :)

    All the best Jan

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  14. Love your reflections, Martha! I am so happy you are back with us and feeling positive about 2019. I feel the same myself and try also to live in the moment, be kind to others, and work for a peaceful world. That is what is so important! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! One day at a time is a really good pace in life :) Happy 2019!

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  15. Keep those people close who remind you of the beauty and kindness in the world. You are one of them, for sure. 👍

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