Confucius Says: Happy New Year!

Sunny skies, snowy beach, clear head, happy heart....welcome 2013!

Happy New Year, friends! This visit back home is flying by and Canada has spoiled me with my favourite people and beautiful winter wonderlands. Exactly what I wanted for the holidays.

One of 2012's last outings: boardgames and treats at Snakes and Lattes

One of 2012’s last outings: a fabulous afternoon at Snakes and Lattes.

I’m not really one for resolutions — I like setting goals but that happens sporadically.  To be honest, my new year’s resolutions haven’t changed much since 2002. But as I mulled over my seemingly endless amount of potential resolutions this morning, this quote popped into my head and made me smile.

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It sounds cliché, but I think this is what I am adopting as my mantra for 2013.  A nervous traveler I may be (sometimes!), and a self-described homebody for sure — but this is my goal:  wholeheartedly, optimistically, adventurously, and kindly, enjoy 2013. I hope you do, too. Peace and love!

The New Year's Eve crowd in Toronto.

The New Year’s Eve crowd in Toronto.

Dunlop, aka Snowbeard the poodle, after a long walk in our winter wonderland.

Dunlop, aka Snowbeard the poodle, after a long walk in our winter wonderland.

Walking On Sunshine

There isn’t anything particularly special about today. It’s a regular Wednesday and I’ve been at work for most of it.

But it was beautiful outside.  One of the first real fall-like days; crisp and sunny. Not cold yet, but sweater weather. And the sunny day turned into one of the clearest, starry nights.  Even with the lights in the suburbs you can make out crystal clear constellations.

I had lunch with my step-grandma, and then coffee with my cousin.  I don’t see either of them often, and it was lovely.

I went out for my last dinner in Ottawa (for now!) with two of my closest girlfriends.

The hair that Dunlop chewed off of his back paw is growing back and he no longer has to wear a sock to cover that hot spot!

I leave for Spain in six days.  I am excited and nervous, and ready to go and a little afraid of doing so. But mostly excited!

My cousins from Vancouver sent me the cutest, funniest, homemade pre-travel care package.

My family and friends make me so very happy. I’m such a lucky kid, and so grateful.

There is nothing particularly special about today, but I couldn’t be happier.