It is a bitter cold day here in the Northeast and I really feel the bone-chilling aspects of living in a house built in 1852. I am holed up in a room upstairs where I can jack the heat up to 70 and toast myself while I do some writing. Because Aloha Friday it is, the very last one of the year and my fingers need an activity to heat up.
So here it is a few days before New Years. Friends, family, the media, in memoriam tributes all look back on the past year and remember. The memories are more apt to consist of the negative aspects of what has occurred. The holidays are sometimes a distraction for thinking of grievous moments or they can make some of these events overwhelmingly sad. Having lost my Dad last summer, this holiday was a tough one. Getting out some of his favorite decorations from boxes labeled with his handwriting, I would find myself blubbering in the basement, unable to stop. Other times I would drive by his condo and memories of both my parents at Christmas time would completely envelope me and I would well up again. I can look back months ago when the pain in my shoulder started and continues to this day. I will remember this year as the one I said good-bye to my beloved PT Cruiser who became too unsafe to drive. A car with a soul, she was cherished for 17 ½ years. Some of my son and daughter’s friends wrote to tell me they remembered when I purchased her and how much I loved her. I can look back at the craziness that has ensued in our country , the hate, the anger and the frustration. But then the vision of a pink pussy hat pops into my brain and I smile. I then start to remember all the beautiful times 2017 brought to my life. My husband retired and after 40 years of living the life of a busy cardiologist , we began to finally have the time to spend with family and friends. We were able to spend Christmas away from home for more than a couple of days for the first time in decades and it was even more special since it was my Dad’s last Christmas (2016).
I wanted to do a nostalgia tour in March, starting in my Dad’s birthplace, Redlands, California. We enjoyed more friends and family connections as we drove up the coasts of Oregon and Washington, ending in Spokane. I was able to share our whereabouts with my Dad by phone and that became one of the more special moments of the trip.
We made it to Eureka Springs , Arkansas with our dear friends who completely endeared us to this very special and enchanting town in the Ozarks.
We gathered dozens of family members once again in Old Orchard Beach where we reunite every summer, steaming lobsters, drinking wine and creating lots of laughter, taking grandkids to the rides, playing at the beach and sipping coffee on the veranda in the early morning.
In November, a Health Coaching conference brought us to Dallas and after three days of soul sister bonding with my coaching tribe, my husband and I spent more time with friends and then headed out to the Southwest, ending in California for Thanksgiving with our son and his family. What a year of ups and downs! My heart lights up when I read about all the wonderful times and I choose to let myself feel grateful, especially being able to be with my granddaughters so often. Our western forays always include visiting these two little ones, making it the most important highlight of our trips.
Now I look to 2018 as one of tremendous growth for myself, my husband and my coaching business. I will hold all your hearts in mine as we stretch ourselves to feel, move, express, grow and empower us to becOMe the best versions of ourselves. After over 35 years in Cardiac Care and Rehabilitation, my focus is on Heart Health and Creating Your Own RX for Well-Being. I want people to stop giving over their power to others and be fully engaged in EMPOWERING themselves to embody the highest experience in Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness. Together we can help each other heal and like pebbles in the pond, we can ripple out to others, creating a stronger, healthier community and world. My mantra for 2018 is EMPOWERMENT! What will you choose to be your mantra? From my heart to yours, stay warm and Happy New Year! Make it a great weekend and see you in 2018! Aloha!