“Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are!”

~Bethany Hamilton

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  
The dying year lifts the covers and shows us its reality. This is the time of year when most people often reflect on the outgoing year and have visions of what lies ahead in the coming new year. Me? I try to see the beauty in everything, each day not just at Christmas time; and reflect throughout the year, waking up each morning with visions of how I would like my day to be. That is the real magic!




On this eve of a new year, be thankful for everything that surrounds you…..Smile upon the dying year with gratitude for the good and bad, the happy and sad. Be thankful for the trials and the lessons they brought with them. Welcome 2016 with anticipation of new beginnings, fresh ideas, dreams of the impossible and relish in the fact that you have a new book that can only be written by YOU!

In this new and exciting year, remember………

>To be thankful for every day
>To smile, just because
>To reach out and help others with an uplifting hand, without expecting anything in return
>To remember that it is never too late to say ‘Thank you’ or ‘I am
>To eat ice cream often-lol! No seriously, eat ice cream. In fact, eat anything you want, this life is short and you don’t know when you’ll be by this way again.
>To appreciate family and friends as a very special gift

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I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.  ~Neil Gaiman



©Etta D. Richards