the holly and the ivy

I hope you had the most wonderful of holidays! I have to say, we had one of the best in years, lots of family time, plenty of good food and much laughter. Our two out-of-town children just left this morning, and now the house seems quiet and a little bit empty.

Today, finally, the snow has arrived. It is blustery and very cold, and I plan to make a fire and grab a book and enjoy a little down time. I always look forward to this week between Christmas and New Year’s, one of the only times I am able to take a full week off from work and simply relax.

I am looking forward to a new year, not that 2011 was a bad year, but for some reason, it felt like an off year. I felt slightly out of step right from the beginning, and I am ready to clear my dance card and start again, fresh.

I don’t really believe in resolutions, it always feels like setting myself up for failure. But I did choose a word, and that was “words.” I want to write more. To focus on that more. To devote more time to it.

And I want to stop running out of time and start running into it.


That’s it, exactly.

With arms wide open.


What are your plans for the New Year?




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  • Frida December 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I plan for a safe and happy return to the work force 😉

  • Barb December 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Love your snowy photo! enjoy your quiet week – I feel the same way – we had a fantastic Christmas but now I am thinking about new beginnings – it’s a great feeling! Happy New Year!

  • Tracy Brown December 28, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I’m so glad you had a good Christmas! 🙂

    Actually, I have one big “resolution” for the rest of my life: I’m no longer going to be “too busy,” “running behind,” and slipping into the hopeless feeling of “running out of time.”

    From now on, there’s plenty of time. 🙂

    (PS: writing more is a good thing! AND, because I keep forgetting to tell you, “The Sound of Paper” is excellent. Thank you for recommending it!)

  • Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns December 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Kelly: This is a marvelous image. Love the dreaminess of it. Yes, it is a new year to look forward to all things: dreams, accomplishments, abundance. Are you taking Ali Edwards’ One Little Word 2012. I chose abundance for my word. So looking forward to that journey in creating something spectacular! Best to you with your words. laf

  • kamana December 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    to stop running out of time, and to start running into it… that is a great plan. wishing you all the best for the new year.

  • Marcie December 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m loving this week of quiet…of re-grouping and re-focusing. Your words are forever inspiring. Still struggling with that ‘perfect’ word…but maybe that’s all a part of this process???

  • elk December 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    lovely thoughts … best wishes for a wonder filled new year!!


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