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With the passing of each year, it sickens me how fast it goes by with no more than the sound of a whisper. Yet ringing loudly in my ears, are the adults’ voices from my childhood mocking my naive frustration at how slowly my life was taking at delivering the requisite milestones of youth. However, the beginning of a new year symbolizes hope, change and opportunity which are all reasons I enjoy this time of the year. (It’s certainly not for the weather, yikes).

As most bloggers are writing posts on memories from the previous year, or what they anticipate occurring in the upcoming year, I decided that I would reflect on the things I won’t do this year. More specifically, the things that I often find myself forgetting to do until I’m reminded too late that another year is gone.

Therefore, this year, I won’t forget:

1. To find time every morning to meditate, reflect and pray. The day always looks a little brighter after spending a few minutes alone with God.

2. To tell those whom I love how much they mean to me. Unfortunately, I’m not good at verbally sharing my thoughts and feelings. Maybe a text or short email to them every once in a while could be the message that makes their day survivable.

3. To remember my dreams and goals. Life is certainly meant to be enjoyed not endured, and moving towards a dream makes the valleys not as pointless and the peaks even more hopeful.

4. To spend time enjoying my own company. Interestingly enough, living alone you tend to often be alone, but I’m usually watching hours of reality TV marathons instead of journaling, taking a walk, or enjoying an afternoon latte.

5. To be more thankful. This is definitely a thought process that can change my life, and I know it first-hand and through the effects it has had on others. I’m not talking about Pollyanna-ing life, but truly finding something to be thankful for every day, even if it’s that I didn’t oversleep. I know it’s challenging to be thankful when life is throwing me a round of one-two punches, but if I can see the small things that are good, it could help me take my blows like a champ.

Recently, I read a quote by Eric Butterworth — “don’t go through life, grow through it”. Sometimes it’s just the small changes that you strive for that make it worthwhile. Life is certainly full of ups and downs, and this year, I don’t want to forget the good things when I find myself having to weather the bad times. So I hope that your 2011 will be prosperous and full of the little things you won’t forget to do.

Oh, and one more thing…

I won’t forget that I’m too old to be climbing five foot brick walls wearing six-inch heels and a tight dress. I’ll just expect to be thrown over the wall by a guy I barely know as I expose myself to the crowd, just like I did on New Year’s Eve in 2010. Seriously!

I’ll tell you what, this whole aging process is quite bizarre. When I was just a wee lass, I could not even imagine who I would be, what I would look like or what I would be doing in the year 2010, and lo and behold it’s here. I vividly remember writing my new year’s post last year, as I reflected on the lessons I learned in 2008 (flashback post). However, instead of looking back this time, I’ve been thinking through a few things that I’m looking forward to this year:

1. Meeting my nephew.
Yes, yes ya’ll. I’m going to be an Aunt to a very handsome little boy. And if the next 20 years of my life fly by as quickly as the past ones have, I suspect I’ll be beating a few hoochies off my nephew and probably a cougar or two before I know it.

2. Visiting a new country.
I’m still on the fence (sorry, Mother) about an upcoming trip to Africa this year. While I think this will be the most interesting place I’ve ever traveled to, I’m a little uncomfortable about the level of security in Kenya. Nonetheless, when I get over my apprehension, I hope to visit the Motherland and explore some of her spectacular landscapes. Look for pictures later this summer.

3. Getting more readers for my blog.
I’m going to need your help on this one. Tell your mamas, tell your friends, tell your friend’s mamas about my blog. I would love to increase my readership and continue passing on my pebbles of insight into a modern single girl’s life.

4. Finding the man of my dreams.
Hell, I hope for this every year. Who knows, maybe this year I’ll get lucky. Fingers crossed everyone.

5. Wearing my new hot boots from NYC.
I had the incredible opportunity to spend New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square when the new decade surfaced, and as a gift for standing in the cold and rain to ring in the new year I went shopping. Of course, I bought some new boots that I can’t wait to wear this year…or should I say this month. I’m pretty sure I’ll be sick of them before Presidents Day, just in time for a Valentines gift to me from me with love.

I don’t know about you, but there is something about a new year that makes me so excited about life. New opportunities, new relationships and new adventures are just around the corner. Here’s to a prosperous and wild 2010, seriously!!

Happy New Year!

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