a blessed 2010!

Author: angiem, 12 30th, 2009

I don’t make new year resolutions.  I’ve rarely kept the ones I’ve made while younger, and I don’t need guilt laying its blanket on my shoulders.  I have no patience for what ifs anymore.  Nor for regrets.  Life is a mystery and it is short.  Filled with uncertainties and history refusing to be buried, it is violent and predatory and wicked.  Yet at the same time, it is so beautiful it takes my breath away.

I have learned an amazing thing in 2009.  From men and women and you, dear readers, who could have taught me quite the opposite.  I am only as powerless as I think I am.  Whatever may come my way, I am the mistress of my reaction.  And so I thank you.  As I enter a glittery and sparkly new year, my intention is to live fully.  Without guilt or hesitation.  And without fear.  Such I also wish for you.

Have a blessed 2010!  And may you grow to your fullest potential, surpassing even your expectations.

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29 Responses to “a blessed 2010!”

  1. Susu Paris Chic Says:

    At the break of the new year, I thank. For family, friends and health. For all moments.

    And then I go on living, just like you said. Come what will. I’ll try to find something to marvel every day.

    I hope you’ll have a sweet ‘réveillon’ (New year’s Eve in French)!

  2. Beth Says:

    A wonderful outlook on life - no regrets and yes, how we choose to live our lives is our own responsibility and privilege.
    Happy New Year to you!

  3. Mary Moon Says:

    That is a very good intention.

  4. French Fancy Says:

    I’m going to join you, Angie, in living fully. Let’s make 2010 a year when we try and do things we’ve never done before - at least one new thing a month. We can then blog about it.

    Anyway, my bloggy friend, to you and your beautiful family, may your year ahead be full of fun, laughter, good health and cuddles.

    xx
    Julie

  5. willow Says:

    I never make New Year’s resolutions, either.

    Warm, woolly wishes for a wonderful 2010~!

  6. Holly L Says:

    Angie,
    You really captured it all in this post. I do not really do resolutions either…doomed for failure. “I am the mistress of my reaction” - that is powerful and so true an could be life-changing.
    Happy New Year!
    Holly

  7. Jena Says:

    So true! “I’m only as powerless as I think I am. I am the mistress of my own reaction.” Happy New Year Angie! God bless!
    xo,
    Jena

  8. Lydia, Clueless Crafter Says:

    Angie, right on! Doff the weighted blanket, dawn the lightness of being.

    I just finished Milan Kundera’s book. A very good read on the brink of a new year.

  9. Diane Says:

    Great post and beautiful picture! Thank you for sharing your heart with us as well. :O)

  10. Susan R. Mills Says:

    Beautiful post. Here’s to a blessed 2010! Happy New Year, friend!

  11. Adina Says:

    I am with you Angie, I don’t make once per year resolutions. Every day is a new resolution for me…live it to its fullest surrounded by God’s love and grace and the people I love so very much. Happy New Year to you and your family dear Angie. May you live each day in peace, good health and love.

  12. Renee Khan Says:

    The best post of the year dear friend.

    Exactly true.

    How did you become so wise. You must give your Mama big hugs.

    Now this family how beautiful, every one of you are gorgeous.

    Love Renee xoxo

  13. Autumn Says:

    Great Post Angie and a beautiful picture of the family!!!! Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

  14. Ruth Says:

    Happy New Year Angie! No resolutions for me either, I’ve lists of stuff … plans and such, that I look at every once in awhile to see if I’ve done one thing or another that I’ve written down. Just helps to keep in mind that those were things I wanted to do. It helps to add little things, so that I actually have ones to cross off!

  15. Bebe Says:

    You have a beautiful family Angie! Happy New Year! May it be a wonderful one! Blessings right back at you!!!!

  16. Couture Cookie Says:

    I agree! I really do not need to start off the new year with 10 billion ambitious resolutions, all of which I will fail to go through with. If I want to change something about myself, I will just go ahead and do it, no matter the time of the year.

    Wishing you a really happy 2010!

  17. Ava Says:

    Happy New Year 2010 and Happy New Decade! It has been a pleasure getting to read you and know you. May you and yours have a beautiful prosperous New Year!

  18. Julie Says:

    Hi Angie.. Happy New Year
    These last two posts are just beautiful and reminders that we need to be useful with our time. I don’t necessarily mean being productive, but use our time to achieve what we wish for with this life, even if that means just being content..

    Wishing you and your family the very best for 2010 xx Julie

  19. Kristin Says:

    I’m no good with resolutions either. I’m just hoping that I can achieve some goals…not resolutions. It’s really the same thing isn’t it? Ah ha ha. Happy new year!

  20. adrienne Says:

    ‘Filled with uncertainties and history refusing to be buried, it is violent and predatory and wicked. Yet at the same time, it is so beautiful it takes my breath away.’

    gorgeous words.

  21. Renee Khan Says:

    Love the picture beautiful.

    Happy New Year.

    Love Renee xoxo

  22. audrey Says:

    hello beautiful dear You Angie, your thoughts for the New Year are spot on… may we live fully and step out of fear.

    … a sparkly, glitterly New Year sounds good to me!!

    Happy New Year to You! so good to have connected with you in 2009, a genuine gift to carry over into the new year.

    sending glittery and sparkly hugs!!

  23. Wendy Says:

    “I am only as powerless as I think I am”–what an amazing idea, and I’ll be sticking that all over my house to remind myself. If there’s one thing I need to remember in 2010 it is that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  24. angiem Says:

    Wendy, you have a lot on your hands. You are to be certainly admired for all you do while your husband is Afghanistan.

  25. kanishk Says:

    I am the mistress of my reaction” - that is powerful and so true an could be life-changing.

    wagyu beef

  26. Janna Qualman Says:

    Absolutely! This is so important as we *cough* age. Realizing there is so much quality in… everything. We have to grab it by the horns and ride it. Right?

    Beautiful picture, Angie!

  27. Karen@SurvivingMotherhood Says:

    “I am the mistress of my reaction.”
    The man who used to be the pastor at my church often said, “Your response is your responsibility,” and I think that’s a very TRUE statement.
    We cannot control what comes our way, but we have complete control over how we react to it.

    God bless you and keep you this year!

  28. krista Says:

    you are so stunningly beautiful, i just gasped.
    i was not, however, surprised.
    xo

  29. angiem Says:

    Thank you, Krista.

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