HAPPY NEW YEAR!
|Ringing in the New Year in 2012 with my friend's son.|
|2014 First Day Hike. My Mom, me, and many others enjoying St. Francois State Park.|
Well, I look at social media.
So, let's take a left turn here.
I love how humans are creatures of habit.
|This hit home with me in December 2017. Excellent quote/thought!|
(I love how that rhymes: habitual ritual!)
Now, back to where I left off with social media and our routines in life...
When did it become a trend for so many people to bash the previous year on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day?
I've noticed it more and more.
When we turned the page to 2017, I saw lots of posts saying how HORRIBLE 2016 was and that 2017 was going to be a NEW START. Same can be said this year. Over half of my newsfeed is about how 2017 apparently was a total wreck, but 2018 is going to be DIFFERENT.
|Did all the complainers forget the AMAZING 2017 Solar Eclipse!?|
I don't think looking back at the "mayhem" that was the previous year is a good way to set yourself up for success in the New Year. Why not focus on the positive things that happened?
|I watched a snow and rain storm come in and out of the Grand Canyon in 2017. My mom took this photo of me when I saw a rainbow forming.|
If you can't think of any, why not look through your camera roll to find a few? It's really not that hard!
|My daughter's first flight was in 2017. We spent Spring Break in Arizona.|
|Karlene making a friend in 2017 when we camped at Hawn State Park in Missouri. Nothing beats splashing in Pickle Creek!|
|Karlene clicked this of me playing "tough" at Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota during the summer of 2017.|
Afterall, it's His Grace and Love that makes for a better day, week, year, decade... LIFE --- NOT just the simple act of flipping a page on a calendar.
|We watched the sunset in Badlands National Park in 2017. God is an artist!|
|Checking out the Lake at Illinois Beach State Park. Summer 2017.|
|Toured the SunDrop Museum in Wisconsin! YUM!|
|My daughter got to see DanTDM and high five him!|
|Karlene got into her school's Art Show.|
|I helped organize and run the second Journalism Summit for HS students at East Central College in September 2017.|
|Sure, it was rainy - but took my friend Kris to see some amazing sights in Southern Missouri she had never seen before. That was a highlight to 2017!|
|This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! Watched this baby and mom (back behind the rock) interact in South Dakota during our adventures in the Black Hills.|
|Another beautiful road trip to Lesterville, Mo in October 2017!|
|The BEST blurry photo I have EVER taken for Lydia's Birthday!|
|"Sarah Day" Toured a few caves in Missouri with Aunt Sarah.|