A new year is always a new, exciting beginning. I’m thankful for each year that rolls along. I’m grateful for little things that line up, one after the other. That’s where true happiness is found.
I went on a journey to find more relaxedness in my life last year. This year the same quest will continue. I long to counter the luring feelings of anxiety that sometimes try to pollute my otherwise happy outlook on life. We each have our challenges – and I know that mine is dealing with the restless thoughts that could hinder me did I not pay attention on dealing with them.
These pics are from the Intercoastal Waterway between Lantana and Lantana Beach, a hop up from Miami. Water is such a powerful element. I need it in my life. I was born in a city by water. I love gazing into the ocean horizon. It lets my dreams fly.
As the new year dawns, dreaming is important as well. Goals and plans push us forward and give us wings. I dream of vacations in the USA – home sweet home with so much to discover – but also important conversations around coffee with friends. I long to learn to appreciate every passing moment be it at work or at play.
Thank you my dear reader! Thank you for all these years of blogging since 2007. Thank you for appreciating what I create. Sharing it with you is what blogging is all about.
Hugs from Florida!
We had fun strolling down Clematis Street, the main action street in town. West Palm Beach is a small city with true Floridan charm. The ocean shore adds to the magic. There were luxurious yachts docked at the harbor. The sweetheart and I admired them and stopped to sit on a bench. The city had provided a lovely holiday décor. We also popped in a library on Clematis. If I lived in West Palm Beach, that library would definitely be my favorite hangout. They had cozy reading nooks and even a cafe.
We spent the day on Palm Beach. As we drove there, we passed by Donald Trump’s mansion. Needless to say that the police were there. Palm Beach is very luxurious. Palm trees are of abundance. I met some really nice folks down by the water. The waves were present but I dove in anyway.
In the evening we walked in Palm Beach and admired store windows of Chanel, Macy’s and well, you know, the Fifth Avenue crowd. The hubs and I talked about being rich, and agreed that as much as money is important, we were happy to be middle class. Appreciating what you have right now is the key to happiness.
Our hangout together also included Starbucks. We took the time to relax and enjoy the holiday spirit. It’s really precious just being able to kick back and be. Taking in the restful moments. Not having anywhere to go or things that need to get done. Just him and I. A yummy drink and love between us.
Europe was fun. Paris was interesting. Not the same as I used to know it. Still recovering from its wounds. Trying to go on with life. Yet not that different. I saw friends. I hung out where I used to hang out when I lived in Paris. I drank champagne. I went jogging and observed tense looking faces parade in front of me. I guess that big city makes you less smiley. Yet I now am used to smiling faces in my daily life. Just the little changes I noticed in myself as well as Paris.
I have been back to work for a week. It all went well. I love what I do. I feel there’s a purpose to my efforts. I love to inspire and encourage. Life seems very clear and clean now. I know what I want to concentrate on.
In the meantime then, I’m embracing every day. Today I’m meeting other English speakers at a Starbucks gathering that I put together every month. Summer is very much here in Canada. The dulcet evenings keep me smiling.
We hiked up the Riviere Eternite mountain, overlooking the Saguenay Fjord, Quebec, Canada. It was a meditative moment. Letting the nature touch our hearts. On the top, we munched on bananas and fruit cake that one of my students had made for me. I felt thankful for the peace and quiet. Some hikers passed by, gently saying “hello”. We trekkers were in a club of our own.
Recently life’s been good. Work has slowed down a bit so I’ve had time to plan new things for next year, as well as enjoy walking outside. I’ve done more journaling and coffee shop lingering, too. Yesterday I kicked off the rollerblading season. Summer is the time to enjoy the beauties of Quebec. Flowers flourish and everyone seems to be out and about. This is when we get our energies going. We live – fully.
Back to Chicago… Here’s to the Bean! It’s really worth it venturing out to the Millennium Park and checking out the giant legume. There was a relaxed atmosphere. Folks just chilling and enjoying the spring day. I felt chirpy in my pink leggings. Spring days need that color boost.
We enjoyed seeing many colorful murals. Chicago is very much affected by the over the ground subway network flowing thru the city. We toured around the Loop Area and saw some interesting coffee shops. We also tasted Chicago’s famous Garrett’s American cheese-caramel corn pop corn mix.
Chicago made my mood pink. It boosted me in my desire to go on living and experiencing. I gave me a blast of fashion, city culture and encounters with new people. I walked a ton, drank a few sips and laughed endlessly.