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Wishing you a good year ahead!

Wishing you a good year ahead!

This was my New Year’s Eve FB status at the end of last year:

Okay 2013, show me what you’ve got! I’m ready for you. I intend to have less crazy, more focus, more love, more laughter, more sex (or any!), less Facebook (I mean it this time!!), more writing, more savings, less STUFF, more friends, more good music, more dancing, less regrets, more good times, more exercise, and more cooking/less junk food (but not less chocolate), so I hope that’s what you had in mind. That being said, if you choose to give me even half of what I asked for, I’d be happy!

Happy New Year my treasured friends and family! oxox

Hmmm…well, you know what? Reading this a year later, I feel like a little bit of a bada$$! I am happy to say that most of what I wanted I got this year. (The only thing that let the team down was the “more/any sex”. Boo! As I noted on THIS year’s year-end wrap-up: no man means no man problems, so it’s still a win for me…kinda!) 

I had such a great year. I’m not saying that bad things didn’t happen, but I had SO many things to be happy about. The best thing is that I worked for them – each and every single one.

  • I paid off my debt
  • I rode a bike
  • I made a few fantastic friends
  • I entertained at my house
  • I cooked for my friends
  • I experienced many proud moments with Kidlet
  • I wrote the first draft of a book
  • I found out I can live without cable TV
  • I had my first out-of-town house guests
  • I did a creative writing course that I paid for myself CASH
  • I went on the most wonderful 3-week vacation paid for with CASH
  • I grew out my hair
  • I drastically improved the quality of my housekeeping
  • I am getting better with my camera
  • I started this blog
  • I started listening to Trinidadian radio online
  • I saved all my photos to online storage so I’ll always have the memories
  • I finished my NaBloPoMo challenge of one post a day for a month!!! Yay!
  • I discovered I can write poetry. (What?!)
  • I tried online dating (again!! grrr)
  • I decluttered my house once and for all
  • I was brave enough to try a new career path

Most importantly, though, I know now that, despite my innate insecurities, I am a pretty awesome person with a good heart.

Here’s to hoping that 2014 will have more, more, more accomplishments that I can share in a year from now.

Always look at the positive!!! Be safe! Be happy! Be good! oxox

Happy New Year!!!

V

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Less is more!

What will I aspire to do less of in 2014?

Hmmmm…

  1. Less procrastination, more doing!! I’m prone to dilly dallying and wasting time before finally doing what I have to do. More getting off my butt and gettin’ ‘er done!
  2. Less talking, more listening!! I’m prone to rambling and using 100 words when 15 will do. More saying my 15 and listening to others!
  3. Less gossip, more substance!! I’m prone to dissecting other people and their choices, even though sometimes it’s more like observations rather than harmful gossip. More having conversations about things rather than people!
  4. Less boredom, more stimulation!! I’m prone to having a lie down or zoning out in front of the TV out of boredom. More spending time actively doing things that stimulate me or calm me or interest me.
  5. Less passivity, more aggression!! I’m prone to turning into a shy, no-making-eye-contact wallflower around guys I fancy. More making eye contact and smiling if I see a guy that catches my eye!

V

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I’m participating BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo Challenge: 31 days, 31 blog posts

A stroll along the beach

Chagauramas, Trinidad

Chagauramas, Trinidad

This picture was taken on my trip back to Trinidad in the summer. I was looking through the hundreds of pictures I took to use one for yesterday’s post. I thought I would share one of my favourites.

Thankfully, I can look at the pictures and not get incredibly homesick. I major victory – those living away from ‘home’ can relate, I’m sure. Now, I can look at them and enjoy the beauty of my birthplace.

Have a great Sunday!

V

Not everyone had a Merry Christmas

I stayed at the Buccament Bay Resort in St. Vincent this summer for three days. I took this picture while heading out on the sunset cruise. This is what I visualize when I think about St. Vincent.

Buccament Bay Resort

Buccament Bay Resort, St. Vincent

A few days ago, there was extreme flooding which resulted in fatalities and general devastation. Lives were lost, homes were lost, families were changed irrevocably. This is what comes to mind now when I think about St. Vincent.

When we arrived on the island, we were whisked from the airport to the resort, so I didn’t get a chance to see much of the island. All I knew was that it was small. Nevertheless, I felt a strong sense of sadness on hearing the news.

When you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you don’t think about money or loss or anything remotely realistic, you just wonder what’s for lunch (well, I did anyway). On the second day, though, I was curious. I asked to go “off resort” and I was taken to the local grocery. I knew the grocery would give me a true picture – it is not fabricated to get foreigners to part with Canadian money or British pounds. The grocery would be the real deal.

I walked into the grocery, but not before asking the local exchange rate to Canadian dollars and also what the average salary for the island was. I don’t know why it was important for me to do that. (Vacationer’s guilt maybe?) Then I started multiplying when looking at items to get some context. I was flabbergasted at how expensive everything was. I immediately thought, “How could people live here when food is so expensive!!” 

Maybe that’s what I was thinking about when I was reading the news and looking at the pictures of places I had never seen before. I would never know what it looked like before the flood destroyed it. I thought how much harder life is now for those families facing, not only death, but homelessness and illness.

My thoughts and heart goes out to the families, not only in St. Vincent but in all the other islands affected.

My brother, who lives and works in St. Vincent, sent me this link on Christmas Day if you’d like to read more: Christmas Day devastation in St. Vincent. Thankfully, he’s okay.

V

ps. The second photo I used was taken from here: Pictures of Flooding Damage.

Quick warning

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It’s a-comin’

I just realized that I’ve posted 27 times to my blog and not one of those posts was a rant. Hmmmm….

Maybe I’ll get through the next 4 days without one, but it’s only fair to warn you that one’s due!

Something to look forward to, perhaps?

V

Time to hatch a plan

Today’s prompt is an easy one to write about – I have a lot to say, so stop me if I write too much! The prompt asks “Which do you enjoy more: the last week of the year, or the first week of the year?” I can definitely say it’s the last week of the year.

I’m a planner – always was, probably always will be. I like predictability, I like structure. Now the ironic thing is that I don’t really like to colour within the lines, I just like knowing the lines are there! Ha! I like knowing what I have do, but I don’t always do it. I do know and understand that having a plan or making a plan doesn’t mean that life will follow it, but I just like the security of knowing it’s there.

The last week of the year for me means New Year’s resolutions, the planning, the “I will do better this year!” chants in my head. The last week of the year means cracking open a new weekly planner and writing in the monthly calendar page for January, it’s about thinking of trips that I want to go on with Kidlet or friends. It’s the chance of a new start – adding another dimension to myself. (Why we typically choose to do this at the start of a calendar year, I don’t know. I guess it’s just one of those things.)

This last week for me means looking inward to find out what new goals I will make for myself and my two-person family. Kidlet doesn’t know it yet, but this new year, he will start doing chores around the house. Surprise!!!

Maybe this year, I will be sharing my life with a new (and hopefully lasting) love interest, maybe I will drop a pants size, maybe my hair will let me win one, maybe I’ll finally buy that bike and ride it, maybe I’ll finish my novel, maybe I’ll land the job of my dreams, maybe I’ll win the lotto (if I start playing it regularly), maybe I’ll learn how to knit. That’s what this week is for – thinking about what I’m going to make happen in the coming year. This week is for dreaming, wishing and making a plan so the dreams/wishes will have a chance of coming to pass.

This week, I won’t look back and think of what I’ve lost or the things that could have been better in the year gone, but look ahead to what is yet to happen and THAT can be anything at all! Life has a way of doing its own thing sometimes. I can’t wait to see what’s happens! EEEEEK!

V

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All I wanted for Christmas was this

Whoa! I completely missed yesterday’s post. I wouldn’t say I forgot because I did remember, but that I missed it. *slaps wrist* I was almost at the finish line too, *slaps other wrist* but I press on. Can’t change the past, but sometimes you can make up for it….here’s my humble offering.

Christmas this year was low-key. I had a few friends over and I had Kidlet to infect the air with excitement. I didn’t leave the house for 2 days – except to go to the laundry room. All in all, pretty relaxing and fulfilling.

If Christmas means

  • cooking too much food
  • eating too much food
  • being around people who care
  • opening a present or two
  • staying in pyjamas all day and being lazy
  • missing those that can’t be there with you
  • watching Christmas movies
  • singing and listening to Christmas music
  • hot chocolate

then this Christmas was exactly what I expected it to be!

I hope that your Christmas was just what you had hoped for too!

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