The week between Christmas and New Year is a natural time for reflection. And there was plenty to smile about!

If I have to choose one thing it would be this:

After a week away together my kids decided we’d spend an early New Year’s Eve with everyone at home in Oakville – a day after we had all returned from Grenada. I am so happy they weren’t sick of me and happy to be home. Though a day early, we had our traditional order of Chinese take out from Red Chillie followed by fortune cookies and two rousing games of Catan (Caden won both times).

I’ll take it! If I have one dream for the year ahead, writing is it. All of the other fortunes were vague and more in the format of warnings. Not that I give a lot of credence to the validity of fortunes, I do hope for this one to come true. Indeed. I’ll be working hard toward it this year.

Over the years I’ve spent much of my time focused on my desires and too little time on what had already transpired. As much as I aspire to live in a state of gratitude, by living a life of “onward” I find I spend too much time focused on “more” and “what’s next” without an appreciation for what has already been accomplished. I found a list of reflections in the Breathe Magazine Special Journal that looked like a nice reminder to take notice of the things around me. It also serves as a good reminder of my One Little Word: SLOW, I want to spent more time reflecting on my surroundings and opportunities – take more in, consider different points of view.