Thursday, December 29, 2011

Embracing and Walking Through




The end of the year is quickly coming and so many thoughts still make their way through my head and heart, swirling back and forth, looking for a final place of rest.  A new year will be soon begin, bringing about life in old and new ways.

This holiday season was more sobering than I expected, especially in relation to the loss of my father just a few months ago and how much it still really affects my daily life.  Whether the feelings are above or below the surface, I'm still coming to terms with the death that touched my life in such a tragic way not long ago.

In other thoughts, I shared with my dear friend P yesterday how lately I've been reminded that life is just too fragile to walk through each day with a careless, taking things for granted, attitude.  Tomorrow is never promised to any of us, yet we tend to walk around as if it is.  I personally want to change that mentality and plan to do so starting with myself.

I sense new changes coming this year for me personally and I'm going to welcome them with open arms, fully aware that I have every opportunity to embrace them, love them and walk through them to the fullest extent or simply let them pass me by for fear of what tomorrow may or many not hold.
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  1. It has been a tough year for many of us. Like you I looked back and feel gratitude. I feel that there will be many changes and choices ahead of us. Wish I could give a hug in person. Much love to you.

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  2. A year filled with 'stepping into hearts' for you.

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  3. That's a beautiful comment from Robert that I can only agree with. Such well chosen words that are just perfect for you. May 2012 treat you very well my friend.

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  4. there will be years like this, the challenge is too come through them having learned something and hold all the things dear in your heart.

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  5. your strong will will take you places, this is a lovely post full of hope and motivation, inspiring! ..

    just a note - I notice today your Sunday Sketches button on my side bar disappeared - in its place a black square with an exclamation mark ??? it still links though - no idea when this happened.. ideas welcome! Happy New Year to you! L

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  6. Thanks so much for stopping by! What a beautiful blog you have! I'm so sorry for the loss of your father :( The holidays are hard after such losses, but it time things will get better. I just love your photos! I hope the new year brings you much happiness and joy!!

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  7. thank you for sharing your heartfelt thoughts and perception. what you share about only having today is true. each breath is precious. I love that you are aware of this and reminding us.

    on another note, i have experienced ugg boots to be very slippery in snow. I fell and broke my camera in them once and slipped a few more times.... so i don't step in snow in them anymore.

    lovely evening to you.

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  8. Hi Sophia,

    Lovely to hear from you and I hope you had a great Christmas even under such sad circumstances. My hubby died eight years ago just a week before Christmas and his birthday was boxing day, but it does get easier as time goes by. Happy New Year hon.

    Hugs, Chris

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  9. Hope you had a great Christmas, sweet pea!

    Have a fabulously creative 2012!!

    hugs,

    lori

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  10. Thanks Sophia...Happy New Year


    Peace,

    dt.haase

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  11. May you fully embrace the new year with open arms, while you treasure the memories of the past.
    Love the Starbucks's holiday cups : )

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  12. My dear friend Sophia,
    What a wonderful and positive post to end 2011.
    I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year and may 2012 bring you many new and exciting opportunities. Thank you so much for all of your support and lovely comments throughout 2011 and here's to continued blogging friendship in 2012,
    With much love,
    Jackie. XXXX

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  13. Ooh, what beautiful photos and thoughts. I imagine it must have been such a difficult holiday without your Father and I wish for you peace and love in the year to come. Happy 2012 to you! xoxo

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  14. So beautifully said Sophia. You are really seeing life as it should be lived.
    Wishing you a wonderful year in 2012.

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  15. What a beautiful post Sophia......I know that the new year will bring with it all kinds of new opportunities.....and your Father will be right by your side....always!!!

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  16. I love your photos and reflective thoughts! As long as you remember your father, he is not forgotten.

    Happy New Year!

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  17. This is a wonderful post with such an important reminder to live each day purposefully - I intend to do the same :)

    Thinking of you and sending big hugs to you...

    xo
    Kristin

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  18. Yikes - all your photos?! That will take forever! ok that comment wasn't helpful - a few minutes a day then :-) No worries I will re-add - thought maybe i had changed something but no idea what :-) or its a grab your attention banner as is :-) I ditto Diana's comment above! Happy New Year!

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  19. Sophia, I love your photos, and I just want to say, I am proud of you! One day at a time and keep a smile on your face always!!! Hugs and Happy New Year!

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  20. A wonderful and timely post and beautiful photos to accompany it... having very recently lost my Grandfather who was like my father I understand the bittersweet moments over the holiday season and am looking forward to all that the New Year brings... looking forward to following your journey...xx

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  21. Great pictures, as always. The one of your feet reminded me of an email I got from Photojojo this morning. They had some projects for the New Year and one of them was taking a daily picture of a place you're standing.

    http://content.photojojo.com/tips/photo-project-ideas-for-the-new-year/

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  22. Sophia, lovely post. Wishing you all the best in 2012!
    xo

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  23. Many wishes and a happy New Year for you and your fammily from the bottom of my heart!

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  24. Happy New Year! Best wishes for you!

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  25. You will be fine dear Sophia - how can you not with such a lovely & insightful take on the future.
    Millie xx

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