There’s something special about the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The pressures of Christmas – planning, buying, wrapping, mailing, cooking, cleaning (or at least tidying up), decorating, traveling, and whatever else is put in our path – are all behind us. Now we can turn our attention to the all-so-important task of making our New Year’s resolutions, deciding which amazing feats of self-improvement and self-discipline to focus on in the year ahead. I love doing this. One of the best things about New Year’s resolutions is that you don’t have to start them for another few days; all you need to do is write them down and feel virtuous about having thought of them at all! (Actually, you don’t ever have to start them, but it’s fun to pretend you will when you write them.)
As well as thinking about the possibilities that lie ahead, this week is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has just passed. So far my husband and I have no major trips in mind for the year coming; it’s enough fun to reminisce about the many great trips we made over the past 12 months. I realize as I go through my list that each and every one of these trips involved family and friends; how good is that! And so, rather than turn on the treadmill and start my New Year’s resolution to get back in shape – since after all it isn’t the New Year yet – I’ve decided to create a picture compilation of our trips of 2013.
Last few days of December, 2012. Mayan Riviera.
February 2013. Disney World, staying in Animal Kingdom.
May 2013. Toronto for the Mother’s Day 10K.
May 2013. Ottawa for Ottawa Race Weekend.
July 2013. New Brunswick, tourist capital of Canada. 🙂
August 2013. Portland, Oregon and Mount Saint Helens.
August 2013. Vancouver Island.
October 2013. Portugal.
October 2013. Morocco.
October 2013. Spain.
Happy New Year, one and all. Have fun making up your New Year’s resolutions. You never know, you just might be inspired by one of them. May your year ahead be warmed by spending time with family and friends, whether that keeps you near home or takes you far away.