2014 has come to and end, what’s next?

I always loved Christmas time when I was a child. I come from a big Irish family. We always spent so much time together especially around the holidays. As I grew older, one thing that I unfortunately had to deal with was the loss of family and friends. This made family gatherings and holidays especially difficult. That first year without them was always the worst. Trying to get used to this new “normal” wasn’t always easy. But somehow, we adapt and move on.

One of my favorite holidays is New Year’s Eve. Think about it – there are no gifts to be bought and wrapped. No decorations to put up. No stress! Just a time to gather with friends and family and reflect on the past year. I always enjoyed watching Dick Clark’s show and somehow managing to stay up late enough to watch the ball drop in NYC. Our family used to go out on the porch at midnight and bang on pots and pans and yell “Happy New Year! ” to all our neighbors. Thankfully, they all loved us and didn’t mind the commotion.

My family now gets ready for the new year with a huge buffet of food at home. We have a great time. Although some things have changed over the years, I am happy I have passed down to my girls the traditions my family has done. We may not have Dick Clark to help us ring in the new year, or all our loved ones with us like we would like them to be. But I am still thankful for the people I do have in my life. I am truly blessed with wonderful family and friends.

So now that another year has passed, it’s time to look forward. You have been given a clean slate to work with. Do not waste your time looking in the rear view mirror of life. You won’t get anywhere. My New Year’s resolutions have been the same over the last few years–I resolve to not make a New Year’s Resolution! Life is stressful enough. Just decide to make a difference every day of your life. It could be as simple as smiling at a stranger, holding the door open for someone at the store. You don’t have to be a millionaire to make a difference. You can do this!

Wishing you a Happy 2015!


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