Happy New Year to all of you!
I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you and your constant support, comments and engagement of my posts. I love our interactions and reading you!
We have such an amazing community of gifted writers, photographers, poets, comics etc. that I learn and grow from daily. Not to mention the chuckles I get and “Aha Moments” when reading your work. It is truly one of the highlights of my day and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of my blogosphere family. As the saying goes “I am nothing without you”❣️
It was a great year with so much to be grateful for and so much to learn.
I’m going to warn you, this post is going to be long so feel free to skip through as I share some of my reflections, highlights and goals for the new year with you.
There’s no better time to begin again and set objectives and goals than the beginning of the year, so you can chart a path to where you want to go with clear vision and direction.
Take the necessary time to reflect on this past year and its global effects on our world and individually. Did you live congruently with your inner callings or were you stuck in a rut or on overload with little introspection?
Life can catch us by the surprise and we grab tight to the tail of the dragon, our mind and body gushing through the wind, living the dream and reaching goals. However, if we’re not careful, we can lose ourselves in the process and it becomes a pretty picture for everyone to admire, but ourselves.
What is this world worth, if we can’t find joy in the everyday moments that we are blessed with daily?-Cindy-
Move it Monday and Maybe Move it Tuesday now.
HIGH And LOWS
Reflections of the Year:
As a family, we always share our high/low of the year, what we learned and what we want moving into the New Year. This year was no exception and we started early, the first night we were all together.
My high, without a doubt, was my construction project, my daughter’s wedding, my poetry work recognized and being published, my beloved animals and incredible family and friends, including all of you, my blogosphere family.
Doing collaborations with some of you and sharing some of your work is always joyful for me. Without a doubt, I spend more time with you all, then I do with anyone else and you each enrich my life in a way that touches my heart in a way that only you understand as a fellow blogger.
The rest of my world thinks I’m a little touched and must have no life so it’s always nice to know I’m not alone. I learn from each of you, I talk about you by name and what your latest projects are, buy your books and gift them to others (I read snippets with the hopes of making it all the way through and write reviews, this year maybe) and feel like I know each of you intimately. I know this isn’t exactly right but I do feel closer to you than I do a lot of people in my sphere, so thanks for that.
My low this year was the exact same as my high! While each experience has been enriching and fulfilling, I found myself like a kid in a candy shop on a sugar high and crashing with each goal accomplished. The truth is, managing all of this was a lot of time; mentally, physically, financially and emotionally, not to mention the many hours of planning, delegating, managing etc., all while working full-time.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I’m blessed beyond measure and I’m ecstatic with the result of each thing I’ve done. Even the painstaking moments when I was lost or at an impasse were worth it in the end. I look back and see where each choice I made, although not perfect, taught me immeasurably and was worth the aggravation of seeing things through and not throwing in the towel.
And this is life! Coming up to our learning edges, researching and seeing something through, creates inner strength and resilience through the tension. Fanning our creativity and inner resources creates a synergetic vortex of movement and growth. We learn we are stronger and more capable than we ever imagined.
Life is not an easy cross to the finish line but takes our whole heart to brave the storms that come our way and come out smelling like a rose.
Nonetheless, we must ask ourselves at what cost? We have got to put ourselves in the driver’s seat in our lives or we will crash and burn. Even the Tesla’s of the world blow up in garages or drive themselves into a concrete block.
Take some time to know what you can actually do before your gas gauge runs on empty. This year has been critical to forge forward and although I wouldn’t change a thing with the outcome, I missed moments of lingering in the void and respite of the waterfalls dripping in the background but loved those moments where I experienced them.
I’ve learned that I have the capability to forge ahead and delay gratification which is essential at times, but I want more respite moving into 2023.
I’m perplexed though as I move into the end of phase 2 construction (we’re almost there but the bedrooms have now been disassembled again to finish 🤣, but hey everyone had a bed for the holidays so mission accomplished), phase 3 of construction, my book launch, scheduled in March by “EIF” with Ingrid Wilson which scares the bejesus out of me, and no doubt some surprises that will show up as they most often do.
Do check out Archery in the UK, Ingrid and Nick’s new poetry book coming soon, February 1, that is sure to open your heart chakra with lots of insight and lyrical beauty.
You see, I’m sandwiched between 4 kids that are expanding and growing, and 3 parents that are in the midst of living life from the back 9. If I’m not careful, I could get swallowed up. Gulp… none of us want that to happen.
If I cognitively think about it, I’m not sure how I will manage it once again without a new pair of running shoes to accompany me to the race to the finish line again this year.
Knowing this is the case, it’s essential I stop myself in my tracks and commit to HOW I will manage this daunting schedule and find respite in the moments which are essential to my well being.
I must change my lens, make some tough choices and take time to prioritize, like we all must or create a double, to clone me. Speaking of which Pooja from Lifesfinewhine has been incredible support and is worth her weight in gold, so do check her services out. Thanks Pooja!!!!
I get pleasure in each new exciting endeavor that comes my way, saying YES, because of my many interests but there is only one of me so like all of us, I need to stop and take inventory of what’s important and say maybe more often first.
Does anyone else feel this way?
I started shifting things early this year when I realized that something had to give and I didn’t want it to be my peace of mind, so I changed things up a bit which was small, but BIG for me.
I took the needed blogging break so I could hang with my family this year which took some of the pressure off. It was hard because as much as numbers don’t mean a thing about progress, I set goals. One of mine was to meet 4,500 followers by January 1 with 9 followers behind. It seems so silly but when I set a goal I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.
I’ll never forget when I was nearing 1,000 followers and Gottfried said “just steal some of mine”. It was John from Salsaworldtraveler’sblog that pushed me to 1,000 followers and I was over the moon and so grateful for that. You never forget those people in life that supported you to move forward and grow and they sit in your heart like cherubs and you are forever grateful.
In this case, closing shop early was not going to let me reach my goal, but I chose my sanity over a number, that truly doesn’t mean a thing in the big picture of life. As it turns out by letting go I reached 4,521 followers which does count email followers which I don’t generally count. But what the hey…. a follow is a follow. My husband is up to 140 followers and he doesn’t blog, just follows me. 🤣 It’s the running joke.
Things I learned in the Blogosphere this year:
- What you reap you sow. It’s a two way street, creating and maintaining relationships.
- Meeting new friends has been incredible and of course my old tried and true from day one on the blog is such a gift.
- Sharing and caring, commenting, reaching out with a helping hand is what really matters in times of joy and difficulty.
- There is only a finite amount of time and listening to how much time you can spend is critical.
- Karen, one of my followers sent me a text saying “how do you find the time to keep blogging?” My answer: “Good Question, I have no idea”. We find time for what we love, but something has to give. It best not be our sanity. We have to weigh out whether it’s worth it or not.
- Sharing your heart from your gut is really important no matter what you are writing about whether it is poetry, a post, information, photos etc.
- Your intention and heart show up on the screen and make it to other’s hearts.
- What you put out in the world manifests itself. It’s important to spend some time thinking about what you really want to share and want your message to be.
- I’ve learned that sometimes you get hurt when you make deep connections in the blogosphere when you take blogging friendships further through texting, calls and emails. Some things change over night and you can feel ghosted, hurt, rejected and perplexed. It’s as painful as any “real” relationship in your life. But as in life, our heart opens, breaks, opens, breaks and one day it heals and the gifts of self and lessons learned outweigh any heartache you went through.
- On the other hand, I’ve seen other times, where there is such an incredible relationship that are built through this blog and lifetime friendships evolve and develop into lifetime friends. Some even get married. It’s pretty wild and very cool. Take Marsha for instance, from Always Write. She organized a great in person reunion which was so moving. They are on my visit list at some point in time since I’m having FOMA now 🤣. Do be mindful and covet your giving and loving heart in time and attention, always.
- I’ve learned that blogging is a microcosm of life and this petri bowl we’re in here reflects exactly where we are at the time in our lives. We create, synthesize, grow and change and some people only show their persona, leaving rough and tough parts out. We are all doing our best so cut each other slack.
- I’ve learned the support is incredible through others promoting each other, buying their books, products etc.
- I’ve learned that life is meant to be shared and it’s a wonderful way to get your message to the world out in a bigger way with supportive and loving people.
- I’ve learned how much I love writing and reading and the joy that comes with it.
- I’ve learned a lot of things, I would never have learned because of your amazing posts. I love the rich history that is shared that stretches my mind and grows me.
- I’ve learned that no matter how hard I have tried to befriend someone on the blog, some will never want to be friends (just like life), so to stop liking their work and move on. I never quite understand this but se la vi.
- I’ve learned that I miss people sometimes because they don’t show up, WP scrambles things, and they miss me but it’s not intentional for the most part, so never take things personal.
- I’ve learned I have to follow, refollow, follow and follow.. 🤣🙇♀️
- I’ve learned that people come and go here. Some are seasonal, some are intermittent, some leave for good, some pop up out of the blue again (which is awesome) and all remain in my heart and I am changed and better in some way because our lives merged for period of time.
MY TOP FOLLOWERS WERE:
Thanks so much to all of you and a special thank you to those of you below for being here whenever I post. I’m so grateful!
Ignite Our Light For The New Year: Spoken Poetry
Thoughts Have NO Power unless…
THIS YEARS GOALS:
- Getting my book out this year is a major goal!
- I’m terrified to tell the truth. It seems so daunting to me. While I love writing which comes easy for me, the formatting, structure, chapters etc Is so challenging and I’m all over the roadmap.
- Balance is my intention this year.
- Time management is essential.
- Meditate daily.
- Workout daily.
- Eat healthier and drink more water.
- Finish Construction
- I will just say “surprises are imminent” and tell me when that isn’t the case?!!
To be honest, I don’t start the New Year until about February since my kids are still here on the actual holiday, January 2nd, and my house is turned upside down.
SUCCESSES IN MY WRITING:
- Publication of the Month October 2022: Spillwords Press, New York
- Contributing Author at MasticadoresUsa Editor Barbara Leonhard for the year of 2022 with 24 posts published
- Co-Author of Wounds I Healed:: Poetry of Strong Woman by Gabriela Maria Milton from Short Prose
- Interview on Spillwords Press SPOTLIGHT on Writers
- Interview MMS: Fitness Coach to Poet
- Publications on David Alexander’s blog at Skeptic’s Kaddish
- Blog posts: Posting 3 times a week for the most part: Move it or Move It Monday, Whatever Wednesdays whether in poetry, writing, published poems, quotes, etc.
- One or more of my poems accepted in Gabriela Maria Milton’s New book Hidden In Childhood Anthology coming soon!
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I’m looking forward to the journey with you this year in 2023.
My sense is, I will be posting in a more random pattern to accommodate everything that’s on my plate but always from my heart, always in support and always with honesty and love.
Blessings and magic as you manifest your hearts deepest longings this New Year while I find respite and more time for waterfalls dripping in the background.
Copyright © 2022 Cindy Georgakas
All Rights Reserved
HAPPY NEW YEAR 💐
And to you! ❣️
Happy New Year Cindy! This was great to read, as I identify with so much of what you said. During my blog break, I realised I was suffering from burnout. But I’m now eager to get back to work! Thank you for the shout-out, and don’t worry: the book will come together ❤️ I will email you… ✉️
Thanks Ingrid and Happy New Year to you as well! I’m happy to hear you identified with a lot of what I said. It is easy to burn out when you are as conscientious as we are in all that we do. It’s sooooo great you took a break and are coming back refreshed. You’re so welcome. You take the W our of Worry ….. Thanks so much! We’ll talk soon. The last “child” just walked out the door. 😆 xo 💞
Hi dear Ingrid… I know you have to be on a super big high right now but wanted to make sure I didn’t miss an email from you?
Thanks for the reminder Cindy 😅 💕 it is on my to-do list, but I’m still waiting that quiet moment, I’ve had kids off sick etc. Booked some childcare today so I can catch up with work 😘
Oh no… I’m just seeing this.. so sorry I missed it… spam maybe.. Yikes.. sick kids are no fun. Hope they are on the mend and glad we connected. 💞❤️
They are ok now – thanks so much Cindy 😊
oh good. YOU’RE SO welcome❣️
Thank you, Cindy for the insights and inspiration. Here’s what I will take from your long but a reflective personal essay:
Personal growth and development: “It’s no secret, we’re all a work in progress and our goals should reflect this.”
Striving for balance: “I’ve learned that being productive and effective is more than just checking things off my to-do list.”
Following one’s passions and inner callings: “I’ve also learned that if I’m not careful, I can lose myself in the process of trying to accomplish everything.”
Building resilience and inner strength: “Fanning our creativity and inner resources creates a synergetic vortex of movement and growth. We learn we are stronger and more capable than we ever imagined.”
Building supportive relationships: “I’m so grateful for the relationships I’ve built this year and the new connections I’ve made.”
<3 Lots of love,
Thank you so much for reading this Jay and being a friend for a long while now. I’m glad you gleaned some insight and extrapolated some things that are of use. I know it was long so I particularly appreciate you taking the time.
Blessings and love to you always and thanks for your love!
Indeed, a long read.
You please keep writing
keep doing what you love.
Stay healthy, keep smiling!!
and, Happy New year!!
Looking forward to learning more from you.
Wait, you always tell me my posts should be longer and now it sounds like it was too long maybe.. 😆🤣 I will def keep writing and doing what I love. You do the same and thanks for being here.
Happy New Year to You too! ❣️
Sending you some positivity!!
Dear Cindy, “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” from me, too! 🐱🌞🍹🌸🌈
Thanks VVN!!! 💗💞🥳
Thank you, Cindy, for your interesting thoughts and good luck!
You’re most welcome Joanna. Thanks for reading and your wishes! ❣️
A Very Happy New Year to you as well, Cindy ✨💟💫
Thank you so much Navin! 💞
You’re very welcome, Cindy 💟
Thanks for sharing, Cindy. Thanks for the acknowledgements. I believe your contributions on this platform will continue to be certain in our hearts.
You’re welcome Eunice and thank you for your kind appreciation always! 💞❣️
May you realize your goals and ambitions this year Cindy. Thanks for the mention.
You’re so welcome Sadje and you yours. Much appreciated! You’re so welcome and thanks for being here!!! ❣️
It’s always a pleasure
ON NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎
💎 Isn’t it Funny EveryOne; a New Year, The Same Commitments from Last New Years that only tend to Last Up to Three Months or so EveryBody then Repeated The Next New Year with The Same Result…what if YOU!!! Simply 3DLive YOUR!!! 3DLife Moment by Moment; what if 🤔 ?
Einstein is Quoted by Many as Saying “A Definition of Madness is Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results” ergo, He’s a Pretty Smart, Scientist Guy Worth Actively Listening To; because it Pays to Pay Attention to AnyOne who didn’t Pay Attention in School and Focuses on Empirical Evidence instead of Simply Repeating Scholastics Parrot Fashion
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💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎
There is A Better Way
Less is More They Say
Don’t Be Greedy and Sway
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ON MOANING AND COMPLAINING ET AL
💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎
💎 If YOU!!! Have Ever Had This Said To YOU!!! EveryOne, ‘YOU!!! ARE BEING RUDE, MEAN AND NASTY!!!’ I Suggest This EveryBody; that YOU!!! ARE a Mirror 🪞 to Hold Up To YOUR!!! Accuser and They ARE a Mirror 🪞 to Hold Up to YOU!!! 🪞
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💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎
ON BEST WISHES TO ALL
💜 May 2023 Bring To YOU!!! People and Things That YOU!!! Desire, Hope For and Deserve EveryOne; for it is YOUR!!! Sole and Joint CHOICES!!! and DECISIONS!!! in The Present that ARE Creating YOUR!!! Future…it’s NOT!!! Other People, Situations, Circumstances and Events EveryBody; it’s YOU!!! and YOUR!!! Perception of WHAT’S HAPPENING!!! EveryBody…in short; it helps YOU!!! if YOU!!! Rely On NoOne Except YOURSELF!!! for YOUR!!! Happyness, Friends ARE a Bonus NOT!!! a RIGHT!!! ergo SOMB (Soul Observer Mind Body) Rhymes with WOMB EveryOne; this is what We ARE Made Of EveryBody and We ARE ALL Expelled from a WOMB with a SOMB that is Unique, Individual and Personal to OurSelves and May or May NOT!!! Merge with Others
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ON THE BLISS OF SINGLEDOM
💎 Being Single is a Total Disconnect of Intellect and Urges EveryOne; it is summat to THINK!!! about then Swallowing Humble Pie and Letting Them Go EveryBody…or watch Them Hook Up with SomeOne Else more Accommodating than YOU!!! ARE; while YOU!!! Look On, Envious and Jealous which (WITCH!!! 🧙 🪄🧹) is why They Left YOU!!!
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💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎
ON GENDER DIVERSITY
💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎
💎 1. Gaia, Our Home Planet, 🌎 Earth, is 4.5 Billion Years Young a Sentient Being in a Cosmos that is a Lot Older than She is; basically She is a 5 year Old Child EveryOne
2. She has Hosted Single Cells through to Ocean Dwellers, Dinosaurs and Both Ocean Going 💙 and Land Dwelling Mammals; for now We are ALL still here, don’t take it for granted
3. Who ARE We Arrogant, Aloof, Dumb, Stupid, OverConfident Human Beings; people that ARE just Another Group of Humans from the Dawn of Mankind Millions of Years ago to NOW!!! Question Gaias Motives about what is Going On for HER!!! Right NOW!!! 🤔 ?
…so, Answers on a postcard please 🤪😜😝 ; here is My Answer:
…a Human rarely lives beyond 100 years EveryBody; yet many Humans THINK!!! They Know more about Our Planet than Our Home Planet Earth 🌏 that some name Gaia 🌎 Does about HerSelf …it’s Obvious SHE!!! can Look after HerSelf by Spinning Rapidly 24 Hours Daily and Orbiting around Our Star 🌟 The Sun Annually; ergo, We Really Screwed that Synchronicity Up by Having to Add a Day to February (Shortest Month, 28 Days) Every Four Years and Months (30 or 31 Days) that Do NOT!!! Match Lunar Cycles…cycles that Remain and ARE Consistent with the 4 Week Menstrual Cycle; just what THE HELL!!! Happened 🤔 ? Oh Wait, Patriarchy Happened…
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💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎
ON INTIMACY AND SEXUALISING
💜 We often Get Sexually Confused EveryOne; sex is the Ultimate Fusion of Two Human Bodies while friendship is also intimate without the physical, sexual fusion…this is why people often state that they don’t want to ‘Spoil The Friendship’ by having sex; but very often The Other doesn’t understand…because The One who states ‘No Sex’ knows sex WILL!!! Change the Dynamics of The Friendship EveryBody; while The Other Does NOT!!! Understand due to MMHI (Multiple Mental Health Issues) that ARE NOT!!! Admitted, Acknowledged and Addressed
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ON FINANCING 🤑
💜 Personally EveryOne I AM No Longer Interested (pun intended as I no longer have interest (pun intended) in money apart from its Monopoly Uses) EveryBody; as for New Year, SEE (Soulful Emotional Energy) Above while Looking Below where Most of YOU!!! ARE Gazing, Raging, Anxious, Apprehensive and Depressed while Denying YOUR!!! MMHI (Multiple Mental Health Issues) from YOUR!!! Conditioned UpBringing and in Denial about Admitting, Acknowledging and Addressing said MMHI
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True that Yernasia❣️
Moment to moment is key. I actually had that on my list but it was a given and my list was too long.. lol! 🤣💗
😂🤣😅😆😁😄😃😀🙂 🙃😉😊 😇🥰😍
Thank you, dear Cindy. May your new year bring glad tidings and good cheer, health and prosperity, joy and happiness…all the best, my friend ❣️💐😙
You’re so welcome Dear Phil and thanks for the wishes for the New Year. The same to you and then some! ❣️💗
TY dearest Cindy 💗
Cindy you are truly blessed. Thank you for sharing your heart about the things that matter: love, balance, and self care which come to think of them, are all Love in one way or another.
May your New Year be filled with the love of self wothout judgement, the love of your time with respect for its measured cup and the treasures of the people around you that add to your cup and you to theirs in equal measure. Peace to you!!
What a beautiful gift to go to bed with… your words tucked into my heart. Thank you so much for always taking the time to be here, share your love and reflect mine back to me.
YES, love is what matters most and they all come back to that which sustains us. Filling our cup is important and I am blessed to have you as a friend to share you heart and love as well.
Thank you for that and being a treasured friend! 💗🙏🏼💗
My pleasure, Cindy. Cheers to your adventures to come. Peace.
Thanks so much my friend! 🥂❤️❣️
A pleasure always, my friend.
what a friend we have here, you have many such highs and lows which were also mine, and also 2022 was the most valuable and happiest year of my life, almighty gifted us a baby boy in 2022.
Thank you so much my friend and big congratulations to you in the journey of parenthood, There is no greater blessing. Such a gift. Continues love and blessings! ❣️💗❤️
thank you soo much for blessings,
and happy new year cindy🫂
You’re so welcome and thanks so much. Happy New Year to you as well❣️
Cindy, thanks for being you. Love your talk and instructional video as well as your list of what you learned from other blogs and comments. I also love your window seat behind you. I could sit and read there. Have a great New Year. Keith
Oh what a delightful comment to receive from you Keith. Thank you so much for appreciating me for my authenticity. So sweet., Happy you enjoyed the video and my lessons learned,
I know isn’t that spectacular, I am loving that vista as well. Now sit… that will be coming soon. 🤣 Thanks for the wishes and happy New Year to you too, Thanks for helping make it a great year. ❤️
Happy new year Cindy to you and all your family members.Have a new year with lots of fun, happiness, enjoyment and excitement.💐🎊🎉🎄
Thank you so much Prakash!
It’s wonderful to see you. I appreciate all of your wishes and same to you always my friend!
A very happy new year🎉
I hope you have a great 2023!
Happy new year, dear Cindy!!! May you have a wonderful and joyous year ahead. Wishing you another wonderful blogging year! 💕☺️
Great reflection about blogging … and cheers to you for taking the time to do it. I like this question because it is a great question that is very real: “How do you find the time to keep blogging?” Blogging can be time consuming – writing, maintaining, visiting, commenting, expanding, and more. A blogger can’t do everything all the time. If so, they won’t have a life outside of blogging. Because blogging can be like an addictive drug, there are two key words: 1) Acceptance – acceptance that one can’t visit everyone all the time. Acceptance that the more they post, the more they are adding to the pressure of other bloggers – which is the same helpless feeling each of us feel. 2) Balance – Balance blogging with other aspects of life. Balance to help us be whole. Balance to help us accept acceptance.
Great job done. Thanks for sharing your heart with us Cindy. Happy Blogging 2023
You have such high energy, Cindy, and I can relate to your highs and lows being similar. We are constantly re-defining ourselves (or is it fine-tuning). All the best to you.
I do tend to run that way VJ! Thanks for sharing that with me! We truly are and it’s essential for our well being and highest good! Thanks for the wishes and HNY to you!❤️💕💕
Happy New Year full of love, joy and serenity! 🤗💕💞🎊💝💖✨️🎉
Thanks so much Guadalupe! And to you! ❤️💕🎆
Thank you infinitely from my heart!! 🤗💞🎆💕
I can relate to the crunch on your time, Cindy, and the need to take stock and come up with a managable plan for the new year before burnout sets in. (Story of my life! Lol). I also took a much needed break, and I made myself a schedule that I’m going to try stick with… that’s my goal. Great recap of your year and successes, and I wish you a wonderfully creative 2023!
Good to hear I’m in good company! 😂
Especially since I like you so much but we’ve no time to hang out. Lol.
Glad you took a much needed break Diana and I love you are setting a schedule. I tried yesterday but am in track today but it’s early . Ha!
Thanks so much for taking time to read and be here and the wishes. I wish you the same my friend!
HNY dear Cindy. May your every endeavor materialize.
—Fanning creativity and inner resources creates a synergetic vortex of movement and growth.
—We learn we are stronger and more capable
>> take time to prioritize!! Oh yes. A must!
find respite and more time for waterfalls dripping in the background — every little drop is precious as life unfurls in drips.
Thanks for sharing.
I don’t make resolutions at the top of the year. But try to stay true to my weekly pursuits that tip me over, believe it or not. I’m a small body that prefers the slow lane. with dreams nonetheless and the day passes me slow. I like it this way.
You are a real gem. I bless you, lady dear. Thanks for calling me ‘friend’
Thank you dear Selma for the wishes, for being here, for reflecting back at me and seeing me. I appreciate you and you’re most welcome.
The slow lane becomes you and love that imagery!
“’m a small body that prefers the slow lane. with dreams nonetheless and the day passes me slow. I like it this way.”
I’ll be seeing you in that lane more this year my friend!
HNY to you as well!
Congratulations on a great year and the upcoming publication of your book! Very exciting! Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2023!
Thank you so much for the wishes Dawn. It is exciting and I wish you all you wish for!
Blessings and Happiest of New Years to you!❤️
Now that’s what I call A POST!! Happy New Year, Cindy G! Blessings and joy to you and yours throughout 2023! 💫 🕊️
You are so welcome , Cindy. I always enjoy your post. Thank YOU, my friend.What a wonderful year, Cindy, so much success. Happy 2023!!!💕
I appreciate that and our connection. You’re so welcome and it was an amazing year on so many levels! Thanks for the wishes and Happy New Year to you!
Cheers to that!
Happy New Year Cindy! And thanks for the deep dive into your year and our blogging community. Our community is a real treasure. Your life sounds very busy and fulfilling. Kudos.
Happy New Year to you as well Brad!! You’re welcome and thanks so much for being here and sharing. I’m delighted our paths crossed as I always appreciate you open hearted sharing. We are lucky and life is good…. Cheers to the New Year!!
Enjoying your life is what it is ALL about! <3
It truly is!!!
I love you and ALL of your accomplishments (and associated struggles), Cindy! And I am sooo glad you still make time to blog!! You offered such grace here, the yoga, the observations, the goals, and even some of the trepidation you feel about reaching for the goals (as in writing a book)! We’ll be here, watching.
I’ll write a post soon showing my steps of what I did to write my new book and get it on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. It took me four full days of continuous refinement and learning the Kindle Create app, but I feel sooo good because I can tout that I did it myself (with some help from my loving husband for the cover). Happy New Year!
I’ve made wonderful friends in this blogging community too! Wink!
Oh thanks so much Sheila. I can always count on you to carry the torch and shine your light on my light and my darkness unconditionally. So first and foremost, thank you so much for that.
You can always count on me to be honest for sure.
Oh i can’t wait to see. That’s so exciting to know. What a great accomplishment my friend. Congratulations on that. Wow, that sounds like no time. Good for you what a great accomplishment to be proud of.
Happy New Year to you as well.
Awww, yes we are lucky and thanks for counting me among them!
“shine your light on my light and my darkness unconditionally” beautiful! That is certainly my intention. And thank you thoroughly for reflecting that back to me. You’re super sweet, Cindy! I am humbly honored.
You are soooo welcome Sheila. I do love that about you.. your honesty and light. Oh it’s easy to be sweet when I have a friend like you. Hugs and love! 🤗💗
Well that’s sure a sweet compliment, Cindy! Thank you.
I rescued you out of spam with sweets! ❣️
Oh, YAY, Cindy!
How did I know you would like this❣️
Happy new year Cindy..i am so glad to have met you here (wp) and eventually extended up over on IG where i get to know you better with your posts and photos..you also inspired me to keep going with my fitness journey.
Happy New Year to you as well Mich!
Oh thanks so much! I’m honored and feel the same way. I meant to mention your book sitting with the others in the video but there was no time for a do-over.. I rarely do those or then I’d never get anything done.. lol😆!
Oh I so delighted to know that I was inspirational in your fitness adherence my friend. Great news to start the year with ❣️
Thank you for being an inspiration Cindy.
Awww thanks Mich, I missed this. Thanks to you as well! 💗
Cindy, congratulations on a full life well lived. Balance is a hard lesson to learn. I have pulled back in blogging about 1.25 posts per week – ones that I hosted. That has allowed me a bit more freedom during the time I’ve been switching houses. I think your poetry has added a new dimension to your life. I love your writing – it is real and vulnerable without being sappy. I think your poetry is lovely. Our blogging friends are real people, and therefore real friends. They give us joy, and they hurt us from time to time, and we do the same in their lives. Some people’s lives are full without us. Making a new blogging friend takes time as well as making a new friend IRL. I hope you have the same joy in 2023 as you enjoyed in 2022, but with a touch of calm. 🙂 Lots of love and virtual hugs. M
Not sure how I missed this Marsha. Thanks for your message and you’re so right. Because we connect with people from all over the world we could be up all night chatting away and never get nee-thing done.. lol and it’s soooo fun to chat with those we like so much.
That makes a lot of sense to me in your posting schedule, especially since you have had that house transition and special need animals!
I really appreciate your words and always being here to let me know how you feel. I’m happy you enjoy my poetry and writing. It truly feeds me emotionally and if I can touch one person then I have accomplished my mission in writing. I so much agree with you about our blogging friends as well, especially you. I appreciate the wishes, support and Calm sounds really good to me my friend, thank you! Hey, and maybe we’ll even get to see each other live this year. Then I won’t have FOMA 🤣❣️ That would be sooooo cool!~ 💗❤️
That would be super cool. I’ll be in CA from Jan 25-Feb. 1, but I’ll be in the Central Valley.
Not sure where you disappeared to but I’m just seeing this. Oh wow, so close and yet so far. Would be sooooo cool! ❤️
It would be. It’s a long commute especially with huge sinkholes in the roads!
therein lies the problem😘
Maybe another time. I hope so.
fingers crossed! ❣️
I genuinely enjoyed reading this post! Especially the section describing what you have learned in the blogosphere. I want to continue to put time into blogging, which is becoming a part of who I am. Although I started in 2022, I hope this continues into a long-term hobby. Thank you for continuing to inspire me!
Happy New Year!!
You have such great advice, and thanks for sharing the highs and lows. I always do feel you share your heart and that does make your blog so special. 💝
It’s nice to hear that Tricia❣️
Thanks for letting me know and always being here with your wit, creativity and talent. I’m delighted to know you can feel my heart… I seem to wear it on my sleeve.. 🤣 ❤️
Thanks again! ❣️
Happy new year Cindy! Your post has been quite Enlightening. It was wonderful to meet you here and you’ve become someone I can rely on always❤️
Thank you so much Sheereen❣️ I’m happy to know you found it enlightening my friend. Awwww, I’m so happy to have met you and I am honored you feel that way and I feel the same way. I know I can always count on you as well. Or one of us will pester the other until we can reach each other.. 🤣❤️
Awww! Definitely. We do know how to find each other and rant about certain people or things😂❤️
Hahahahahahahhaha.. we all need that person. BTW your insta pic was gorgeous.. you should put in on WP!💞
Congratulations on your success at home and online, Cindy! You amaze me! I look forward to buying your book and continuing to collaborate with you at MasticadoresUSA!
Thank you so much Barbara! I really appreciate you comment and always checking in on with supportive and wonderful comments. Oh that’s so exciting that you will be supporting my book. I’m excited about another incredible experience with MasticadoresUsa! It’s been a highlight as well!
Hello to you and the new year, Cindy. I’m happy to have come across your blog in 2022. Also, I’m taking your quotes and list of goals to heart. Great tips and advice there. You’re right about the mechanics of publishing a book. No doubt, it’s very challenging, but you can do it. Go easy on yourself. Happy 2023! I love the window seat in your video. It’s so cute!
It’s a delight to have meant you as well this year. One of my highlights for sure. I’m so glad you enjoyed the tips and advice I shared. Thanks for the sound advice and encouragement with getting it to completion and launched. So much appreciated!
I love it too and delighted to have a space I can hide in when need be. Thanks for appreciating and happy Bloganry (sp.) or however you spell if if you are still on board with that. I’m so impressed!
Thanks, Cindy. I decided not to do Bloganuary. I have to think of how to spell it each time I write it. Haha. However, I am considering using one of their prompts or a weekly prompt from WP for a post one day a week. Maybe on Thursday.
Cindy I read every single word of your Long blog LOL and you touch my heart, I swear it’s like you’re reaching right into my chest and hugging my heart. Thank you for being you and sharing that with us you’re an amazing human being and I really appreciate you and I love your writing and your frame of thought, your compassion and you’re just so sincere and open. Yep one of your mushy fans:-) Happy New Year’s my friend!
Oh my dear isteb. you do know you make my heart leap and skip a beat. I love that you get what’s behind my words and in front of them. It’s such a give to be heard and seen for who you are without having to change a thing. I’m delighted you enjoy my honest musings and benefit from them my friend. Blessings and love my mushy fan.
Thanks and Happy New Year to you too dear friend❣️
🙂 see there you go again, you just rock! that’s all… you just do. I really do appreciate the way you’ve made me feel a part of in your community and your day-to-day life and I don’t feel so lonely or sad like I did before I found the site. But you truly stand out even here and I’m grateful because yesterday’s gone and I’m tired of dwelling about it so I needed to make changes and I sought out positive ones. And that’s when I came across you, and you’ve been so kind and always respond and your words always touch my heart in one way or the other. I’ll leave it there for now but just know I really pray for you because you have a very kind and sweet spirit and have helped me get through the end of the darkest days of my life. At least I hope that the end of the darkest days LOL because I can see a little light ahead of me and I don’t hear a train hahaha I crack myself up okay bye Happy New Year’s
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I’m glad I’m not in a rocker yet and rock in your eyes… 🤣 … thanks for that.. Now I’m cracking myself up! It’s so awesome you have joined our community and blogosphere family. I see you reaching out and that’s exactly what it takes to grow your relationships here. It will happen with time so be patient. In the meantime, I’m here and that was one of my main goals of blogging… to reach as many people as I can so they know they are not alone in a world that can be hard to navigate with so much loss and hardship like you have experienced. Good for you that you are shifting things and are continuing to make changes to toward the light. Thanks for you prayers and your willingness to grow yourself. Darkness is hard, I know, I’ve been there and that’s why you can feel my heart and are open to it.
Ok now your turn to laugh and me too…
“At least I hope that the end of the darkest days LOL because I can see a little light ahead of me and I don’t hear a train hahaha I crack myself up ”
It’s alright, you may have a bump in the road here and there but now know you will bounce back. Looking forward to more laughs and growth in 2023❣️
I am so looking forward to reading more posts from you in 2023! I know 2022 was full of ups and downs for you but I hope this year there are way more ups. And thanks so much for the sweet shoutout, I am so happy we found each other in this blogiverse and I am able to help you in any way I can online! 💖❤️🤗
Thanks so much Pooja! It was a great year and I’m looking up to the opportunities and challenges that present themselves. You’re so welcome and I too and blessed to know you. It’s a gift to have a friend like you to point and shoot. Hugs and always love!💞
You’re totally welcome and sending lots of virtual hugs! 💖
Thanks dear Pooja and right back at you! 💗🤗
Happy new year Cindy I had a wonderful year reading all my blog friends beautiful posts.❤️
That’s so delightful Laleh! A good year indeed!
Cindy, a very interesting post! I have come to realize that my capacity for work is declining. I don’t have nearly as many followers as you do or a full time job, but I, too, am sometimes feeling overwhelmed. You are a superwoman, and I hope you are able to remain so for a very long time. Enjoy what you do, but take care of yourself. All the best with your book, and have a fulfilling and joyous 2023!
I think that’s a thanks Cheryl. 🤣. You’re right that we are the ones on the back 9. I couldn’t come up with a better term for them other than 10 feet under and still breathing,.. lol .. funny not funny but I think they feel like that sometimes. At least my FIL and my dad. We slow down and things change for sure and we have to adjust. Maybe I just have the facade of a superwoman but I do feel vibrant and strong most days. Thanks for the wishes and yes, that is good advice and the plan for the year, so thanks for saying that!
I appreciate that coming from you, the amazing author that you are.
I will and you do the same my dear friend!!!! ❣️🙏🏼
You had a very successful year. Thanks for all of your kindness and support Cindy! Best wishes for 2023 and beyond. 💗🙏🌹
I did John! It’s my pleasure John and I’m always most grateful to you for your support of pushing over the edge and our continued support here!❣️💞❤️
Cindy girlfriend, after reading your “novel” 😜 girl I am just simply in awe by your highs, lows and hopes you shared. Your lessons are so relatable and I love how open you are about all of your celebrations and gratitude. I am so blessed to be connected to you, not just because you included my cute photo under your friends who have the gift of gab, 😲 but because you are so very easy to love and relate to.
So my dawwwwlinkkkk, may all of your dreams and aspirations come true for you this year and beyond. Here’s lookin’ at you kid! 🕴🏼🤳🏼🕵🏼♀️ Hugs and smooches! 🤗🥂😘
TMI… maybe but you know me by now Kym my dawlink!❣️
High Lows both the same side of the coin actually. Lot’s of lessons and I appreciate you reading my novel and my open book policy… hahahaha! It’s awesome to have that connection that we have. It was so awesome to see your beautiful little face show up in my feed there as a top follower and thanks truly for that my dear friend.
Thanks for all of the wishes. Same to you dearest soul sister and here’s to a fantabulous year! 💞🥳🥰
Rock on Cindy, my Mommy EverReady Poetic Bunny sistah! Girl, I choose to hold on to the type of energy embedded in our DNA. We simply take a lickin’ but keep on tickin’. Cheers girlfriend 🍸🥂🍹 because great days lie ahead! Hugs and plenty of smooches in this FANtabulous year. 🎆😍🎉🥳💖
You are so full of rock stardom today and there’s an opening on the tonight show.. shall i get you in. Cheers to our tickin likin made it to Why no wed with a bit of the sacrilegious stirrings. Hugs and love back! ❤️
Why thank you Lady Shakespeare! So aptly put my friend! Sending you plenty of hugs and smooches my dear. Enjoy the rest of your FANtabulous evening dawwwwlinkkkkk!!! 😘💖😘💖😘
Of course… will do and you do the same.
Looks like you are paying thoughtful attention to your journey. I appreciate your reflections on our learning edges and tension. Thank you for the inspiration.
Cindy, your energy, passion for life, and compassion for others is inspiring. 😊 Your book will come together beautifully, and you and Ingrid will create a meaningful project together, no doubt! Best wishes to you and your family! 💗
What a kind heartfelt comment from you Michele. Thank you so much for such a touching comment. I appreciate the faith in my work. It touches me deeply and I appreciate you!
Ahhh You are welcome, Cindy. 😊
There is a lot here. You have a lot going on, with kids, parents, etc, and you seem to handle all beautifully… indeed, how do you do it?
It is good to take breaks, but I am always afraid of taking too long a break and never returning.
You have published a lot in 2022 and it seems you will do even more in 2023.
Good luck with the book!
Many blessings to you this year!
Indeed there is Ana Star! I do have a lot going on and with 4 kids and the delay in marriage and having kids of their own, sandwiches everything. Of course three are a lot of benefit’s of waiting and knowing if or if you don’t want a family and marriage but once you decide… it’s fast and furious.
Breaks are essential by I hear you! So true on maybe not coming back.
I have done a lot and thanks for all of the wishes moving forward this year.
Much appreciated. Hugs! ❣️
Wow, what a lovely post. I always love the longer form ones. Happy New Year, Cindy, and I’ve always respected how you’ve built such a great community on your page, and how you use multiple mediums instead of just writing alone. Here’s to getting that book out this year, and to getting your daily workouts in as well!
Thanks so much Stuart! Glad you like the long one as I hesitated since I droned on a lot but hey, it’s year end. Thank you so much noticing all that I do and the great community here. Thanks for those wishes my friend. Cheers to all of your endeavors as well. It’s a joy to share the journey with you! ❣️❤️
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Thank you for that Fred…. red.. I appreciate that and your constant support of my work. Yes, a big look and now on with the next one. Blessings to you and happy to see you and support you always. Now post shorter this year on your post so I can comment.. 🤣
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Very kind and very much appreciated! 💞
What a positive, enlightening, encouraging, and comprehensive read, Cindy! You should be proud of what you have accomplished this past year, my friend. Here’s to a new year filled with good health and prosperity. Rock on! 🤩💖
Thank you so much Eugi!
I really appreciate you kind words and noticing. I am proud and happy and now for that down time and catching the eye of the storm and more fun, health and prosperity like you say. Same to you my friend! Let’s rock together but not in rockers yet.,. 🤣🥳
My pleasure, Cindy! 💖
What an inspiring round-up, Cindy! I loved your reflections on your highs and lows and where you would like to see yourself ending up next year. Happy new year and may the words flow! <3