New Year's Eve: Reflection

Monday, December 31, 2012

As the New Year approaches, I always take time to reflect on things. When you reflect, you think about everything that has happened to you throughout the year (past). You also think about what direction you want your life to take (future).

As I'm reflecting, I think about how blessed I am. Not in money. Not in popularity. Not in an absorbent amount of material things. I'm blessed with far richer things (things that no one can take away), such as my faith, wisdom, creativity, knowledge, desire to explore, willingness to learn, ability to understand others and having inner self peace.

You're blessed! If you feel down about something happening in your life, remember there's always someone experiencing something far worse (loss of a home, loss of a loved one, nothing to eat or illness). It just takes looking at someone's situation, to realize yours is not so bad. Embrace and be thankful for what you DO have. Have FAITH that whatever problems you are experiencing at the moment will end in due time. There's always sunshine after a storm.

Going into the New Year (which in my view is a time for CHANGE and GROWTH), I want to encourage you to LET GO of what was. If you willingly LET GO, GOD replaces it with something better. I use to hold on for dear life to people, places and things that weren't good for me: fake & self-centered friends, fickle & petty family members, envious & jealous co-workers, lazy & selfish boyfriends. Don't hold on to those type of people or things. They only bring you down and make you feel bad. Cut the ties and surround yourself with UPlifting people & things. People that make you feel good. Things that make you feel good.

Life can be far from sweet and life is definitely not a bed of roses. But just like a garden, you have to prune (cut-back) and weed (get rid of) for it to be pretty. Clear your "life garden" of what is unnecessary and not good. LET GO of all the gunk and crap that clogs up your life (whatever or whoever it may be). Some may not like your decision, but in the end it's about you and your well being (and vice versa, don't go after something or someone that doesn't want to be a part of your life...LET THEM GO!). Clear your path, and make way for something better. Let go of the old, so there's room for new. I wish you a Happy New Year!

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Irenita said...

Happy New Year to you too, Kim!

That's a very meaningful post and I think you're totally right. In the end material things and money don't matter that much and the most important things in life are happiness, enriching experiences and lovely moments with the people we care about. So, it is indeed a good idea to clear our "life garden" before stepping into the new year to make sure that we get the best out of life :)

Hugs from Tenerife,
Irene

Style Journey said...

Very well said Kim. This was a very thoughtful post and so true. Here's to wishing you all the best in 2013!

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

Well said doll...I think lots of people struggle with letting things go...they make their lives worse by locking themselves up in what has come and gone...it's a great relief when you can learn to let go!! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's and that 2013 bring you always the very best :)) I'm excited for it, so much to do!!! Love you girl!!! <3

songbird said...

so very true..we don't need lots of money or material things for personal growth and happiness..
have a very happy new year kim!

TheTinyHeart said...

Love the message of this post, Kim! The new year is a great time to let go of the things that are holding us back. Happy new year!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Coco said...

Thank you

L e n a said...

thank you for the beautiful message, Kim. :)

happy new years to you~!

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Beautifully written Kim. Happy New Year to you!

Elle Sees said...

happy 2013 to you, kim! much love and happiness.
thank you for every time you've stopped by my blog. xo

Lorena said...

Indeed we need to be thankful.
What a beautiful message.
Go KIM !

Anne said...

Lovely post Kim! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year:)
~Anne xx

Corinne said...

Kim, you get me everytime! This is definitely something I think we all needed to hear! I especially need to learn to let go a lot more in the new year. If you have to hold on tight to something, it clearly should be let go of and although it's hard to do it, sometimes it just has to be done. But I'm glad I have an uplifting blog like yours to go to!
I cannot thank you enough for always being the reader on my blog-- since day 1 you've been there & sometimes were the only commenter (and sometimes still are ;D) & without you I probably would have stopped writing a long time ago if you had stopped reading. Thank you so much for keeping me going (even though you probably had no idea you were)! If it weren't for you I'd probably not be starting off 2013 as I am.
The biggest of hugs & the best of wishes toward you in 2013!
xx Corinne

Fashionista622 said...

Dearest Kim,

This has to be one of the most poignant and heartfelt posts. Your words have touched me to the core and I will make sure to share such incredible advice. I personally wish you a Happy New Year, and all the best in 2013. May your life be filled with love, light and many opportunities my friend. It has been a pleasure thus far. Can't wait to keep reading your very sweet blog! Sending lots of love and big hugs!

XOXO
Maria

onestyleatatime.com

jo said...

Happy New Year Kim! Oh, how I love this post! I love talking about life and your message is so true. I realized that as I grow older, I'm not "sweating the small stuff". I agree with everything you said. I try to live my life feeling happy. I don't want to involve in any gossip (although I know my ego loves that). I surround myself with positive people and just think only good things will happen to me. This is such a powerful post! Thank you so much! I cherish our friendship! Have a great time wherever you're celebrating tonight! See you in the new year!

xo Jo

http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

Calily Caline said...

Happy new year sweet Kim<3

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Aw what a beautiful post. I completely agree. I am SO rich in the things that matter. I'll be whispering a thousand thank yous to God.

Heather said...

Love this Kim... here's to a fabulous new year of letting in the good :) You've been a fabulous blogger buddy and I look forward to more in 2013 :)

XO
Pearls & Paws

Sam said...

Hi Kim, this is beautifully said, we should all be grateful for the non-material things in life, my resolutions are similar, You're such a sweet and inspiring blogger and its been wonderful getting to know you this past year..Wishing you a fun, fulfilling and fabulous New Year. May it bring you much happiness, love and success!

Mica said...

Such a well written post Kim, full of great advice!

I hope that 2013 brings you nothing but the best!

You are definitely one of the uplifting people I look forward to spending virtual time with this year :)

AwayFromTheBlue.blogspot.com.au

Sheila said...

Awww what a great post Kim! I can't wait for the year 2013 for us. :)

Happy New Years!!

xo - Sheila
www.sheislovelyblog.com

Diva In Me said...

Happy New Year Kim. I believe everything we do has a reason. I'm sure reading your blog today and now is not just coincident. Reading your blog brought some tears. I'm still finding it hard to let go of things which is very dear to me. Especially when it comes to family. After reading your post, it does help me to think again. Thank you so much for the advise.
Happy Year 2013 with much blessings and have a fantabulous year! =)

http://www.diva-in-me.com

FierceandFashionable said...

Love the meaningful post! :) Happy New Year!

xo Michelle

Fierce & Fashionable

Jo said...

Well said, Kim. We should know when to let go of things. If we keep holding onto one door, another door wouldn't open for us.

MOSAMUSE said...

yes! faith takes you soo far!!
be blessed!
xo
MOSAMUSE

www.MOSAMUSE.com

MaysaAndSunshine said...

Your reflections are very inspiring, uplifting and refreshing Kim. You never fail to make your readers feel good when reading your posts. I love each and every point you mentioned. They are also on my list to do moving forward for a more fulfilling life.

Happy New Year friend. Love ya!

Outside Looking In said...

This is a great way to start 2013!! Now you've got to keep up motivated all year long!! Happy New Year!!

Shelli Poole said...

Beautiful post!!!! I love this:
"Cut the ties and surround yourself with UPlifting people & things."
I did that for myself this past year, and it made all the difference. I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for me! Thank you for your support! You are wonderful!

Stephanie G said...

happy new year kim ;) such a beautiful written post - hope 2013 will bring you the best of things lovely! x

steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

Bree TheUrbanUmbrella said...

So very true! Getting motivated for the new year is exactly what i am doing too, I am thrilled to see what 2013 has in store for myself and in store to A very sweet blog! :)

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella
http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

miss b said...

Just spending some time catching up on your posts after my week away and firstly I would like to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year, Kim. What a thoughtful and thought provoking post. So true about surrounding yourself with positive uplifting people - makes all the difference!
http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

carmen said...

great post. hope you are enjoying the new year.

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