Thursday, December 30, 2010

Out with the Old, in with the New

I did something I haven't done in a long time - read through my blog posts from the beginning...well...not all 472 of them but just enough to peek at how interestingly challenging my life has been in 2010.

I started my blog in 2008 with 3 readers which eventually grew to ten and then where it is today. Some of you have been with me from the beginning, Danica, Julie, Megryansmom, Lin, Veronica Lee, and Buckeroo Mama. A million thanks to you all for not leaving my blog in a cloud of dust.

So much happened in 2010. Right when I found strength and courage to start all over again in a new city, I was laid off (in 2009). As much as I wanted to believe that I'd find another job, after countless and disappointing searches, I knew that there had to be a door opening somewhere else.

During this time, I was having the time of my life being Momo to Baby Boo, my now ex-Boo's daughter. The bond was unmeasurable and the joy and laughter that came from seeing life through her eyes was sweet and precious. I began seeing neon signs that Boo and I were not going to spend our lives forever this past year. I accepted it and even though, I mourned what we once had, I used that courage to look forward to life once again, differently.

Differently this time around, meant taking a leap of faith and falling head over heels with my new state, Oregon. I moved anticipating (still anticipating) the great things that I was going to experience and live. So far, in this adventure, I've been blessed with a new job and the joy of knowing that Married Boo and Son In Boo are moving out to Oregon on February 1st.

I've experienced loneliness, new friendships, awe, challenges, acceptance and tons of humor this past year. This year hasn't been without tears though. Letting go isn't always easy and I unfortunately let go of people, like my godfather that I held dear and close to my heart.

Most of you know that I don't make resolutions for the new year but I do use what I've gained from the last year to build on making the new year even better. That's my desire....for this new year, 2011, to be better than I've ever imagined, with God's help.

I'm so thankful for you all, my friends. You've challenged me by sharing your tears and your hearts in your many comments and also your blogs. I'm so blessed to have you all in my life! Thank you isn't maybe the best word, but it's all that I can express at the moment.

Happy New Year to you!!!

Every year, when I was a kid growing up, we'd go to church to watch the new year come in and we'd sing this.

Thank you Jesus for my journey,
you brought me, your brought me.

Thank you Jesus for my journey,
you brought me from a mighty long way!!!



Nezzy said...

Sweetie, this was a most beautiful post. I haven't read all your post either but the ones I have are just treasures!

God bless you and have a wonderfully prosperous New Year! :o)

MissKris said...

Happy New Year, Simone! See you tomorrow! :)

Mari said...

It's been a blessing getting to know you this year. I appreciate your honesty and the wisdom you share.
Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, Simone!

Your blog is a comfy place for me - you share your life as it is and don't pretend to be other than who you are. It's so refreshing.

I missed what happen between you and your former Boo. Did you post about it or was it kept private?

The reason I ask is you're such a strong, independent gal - there are so many others out there who could learn a thing or two from you about taking the bull by the horns and transition.

Happy New Year!!

Brian Miller said...

glad you can be thankful for the journey...some days up, other down but its a journey i would not want to miss...may you have a most wonderful new year!

Yvonne said...

Reflection is so good for us. We should all do it more often. Thanks for the reminder.

Ina in Alaska said...

So happy to be on the journey with you! I always enjoy your insights and the incredible courage it took for you to accept the truth, pick up the pieces and move forward with dignity. You are an awesome woman. Thanks for sharing your honesty with us. You are a treasure and I see your soul. xoxo

Joanna Jenkins said...

February 1st is just around the corner! I am THRILLED you will have your kids all close by Simone. That's fantastic.

2010 was quite a year Simone-- But it sounds like you are ready to a great 2011! All the best to you and yours. It's gonna be great.

Happy new Year, xo jj

Heart2Heart said...

Beautiful sentiment and thank you for granting me the courage to move out of CA, a home I have lived in for 46 years, to look ahead and not worry about what is behind me. So glad that things are working out and perhaps we can chat off line just how to make the move ahead.

Wishing you much joy and strength this year in finding true love and joy in everything that comes your way.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Learn, Laugh, Cook said...

I hope 2011 brings you the peace, comfort and joy that you so deserve. You always have the right attitude no matter what is thrown your way. I hope that lots of laughter and fun will be coming your way this year!

Lots of love from us girls in Florida! -Mandy and Viv

Buckeroomama said...

Happy new year, Simone!

May your 2011 be blessed with love, joy, and hope.

I've loved visiting here and reading your heartfelt, sometimes funny, but always honest posts. =)

Lin said...

Have I really been there from the start???! WOW! Seems like yesterday, doesn't it??

I think you have had enough changes for some time, pally. You get a mulligan on resolutions. :) How about NO changes for a bit! Hahaha! Hang in there--you are one BRAVE woman making all those changes. How many of us would stay in a bad situation just because it was "safe". You are a role model, my friend and I'm honored to have been with you for the ride.

Here's to 2011 and more adventures!! Well--some not-so-exciting ones, okay? :) Hugs and love, pally.

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Happy new year, Simone! I always appreciate your honesty and the wisdom in all of your posts. Sweet blessings to you in the new year!

Veronica Lee said...

WOW! Can you believe we've been bloggy pallies for 3 years!

I've always enjoyed reading your posts although I don't comment all the time. Thank you so much for sticking with me too.

Hope 2011 will be your best year ever, Simone!! You deserve the best, sweetie!

Love ya!

Jill said...

What a lovely post! I am enjoying your blog and getting to know you better. I wish you all the very best in 2011!!!
Many Blessings,

dana said...

I'd give almost anything (Joe and Beau - NO) to have your attitude toward life.

The only resolution I made this year (I don't do that) is to learn to like liguor. At least be able to taste it without choking, gagging, and running away. I want an easy way to fall asleep.

Anita said...

I don't make resolutions either, but I'd love to accomplish and complete a few things this year. Why don't we try taking ONE thing at a time so that we don't get discouraged or that feeling of being overwhelmed. :)

Happy New Year to you and your family, too! xoxo

Life with Kaishon said...

I pray that there are many, many good things in store for you this new year!


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