The New Year 2015 is upon us and, as 2014 pauses to say good-bye, I hope it was a good one for you as it was for me. I can’t say I’m one for making resolutions for the New Year or have accomplished all that I wanted in the past year. I’m having enough trouble learning how to be present with what’s now.
But, if I were to reflect, I would be happy with what I undertook and achieved. With this writing, I will have posted 40 stories for the year. I know it’s not a lot compared to most but with what I’ve shared in my life and what has inspired me, I hope it has mattered.
Here’s a little taste of 2014 and what I did around my kitchen table at “Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom”:
I don’t reblog much nor do my fellow bloggers reblog me, mainly because it’s harder to do as a self-hosted WordPress site. But, when I found an absolutely, good story from a fellow blogger on the first day of 2014 to start the year, I couldn’t resist. I had to reblog and share it with you. That was the case with Dr. Horty Rexach’s story I posted at “Reblog: At the end of the day . . . by Dr. Rex”.
Then, a first for me came in being invited by Mary Lansing to take part in a “Writing Process Blog Hop”. I was a little nervous as I had never contributed to something like this before. I was honored to be considered to have value with what I could add in writing my piece along with so many accomplished writers.
After that, I had a couple of awards I was privileged to receive this year, my last before I made my site Award Free ― a humble thank you to Sherri Matthews at “A View from my Summer House” for the 7-In-One and Butterfly Light Awards.
Another stretch for me was in having the honor to be a guest on some of my fellow bloggers’ sites. It was fun to reach beyond my comfort zone and share some favorite stories with my readers’ followers.
“Guest Post on Selections of Reflections”
“Guest Post on Finding Our Way Now”
“Guest Post 2 at Selections of Reflections”
“Guest Post — Sweet Days of Summer: #Story”
“Ghost Stories From an Old House: #Story”
“Guest Post: Boo! What Scares You? by Pat Ruppel”
“Little Things: #Story #Poem”
“Greatest Gift of All: #Story”
And finally, I challenged myself further in composing a couple more videos with an invitation to come along on my walk-abouts in “Pat’s Walkabouts: Pine Valley Ranch Park and The Pagoda” and “Nearing The End of Summer ― A Kenosha Pass Walkabout”.
I didn’t know there could be so much into making a video and putting it to music. I learned even more than I set out to and hope to get better at bringing my world to you in the New Year. Who knows? Maybe, I will learn how to do podcasts in line with the virtual kitchen table talks idea I had.
And now, as I write this and remember recapping this last year, my heart turns to hubby on this our 48th anniversary — today! Thank you for being in my life and for always being there for me. I love you!
And, to all my readers and those who happen to land here and find me for the first time, thank you for a wonderful 2014. May this New Year find you blessed with many happy dreams coming true.
I’m taking *Karen Hutton’s lead in my 2015 statement of intent: “Invite the Miraculous”.
How about you?
Happy New Year!
*Karen Hutton is a gifted photographer among her many other talents. To me, what is unique and inspirational about her work is that she puts her voice to it.
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table