Monday, December 29, 2008

The Little Things Count the Most, Always

The end of another calendar year draws near and it always causes me great nostalgia for just about everything from friends, new and old, family, living and passed on, and places, those I have been to and those I intend to see in the upcoming year. Aside from my birthday New Year’s Eve is my all time favorite holiday and the night is always memorable; the fact that most years I shed a little tear for the passing of the calendar is purely tied to my heavily reminiscent personality.

My mom used to have a big party every New Year’s Eve, the house was filled with her friends and it was the one night we were allowed to stay up late if we could make it; my earliest memories of Saturday Night Live are attached to one of those parties. One year, back in high school, four of us from the gymnastics team decided to get dressed up and go out for Italian food and when I went to shake cheese on my ravioli, the top came off, which prompted all of us to laugh the entire night. Another year, my best friend had some of her college friends come up to party and we all got hammered on champagne right in the middle of the street at the Boston Harbor as we watched the fireworks with about 200,000 other people. As the clock ticked over to the highly hyped Y2K I gained some geographical space in North Carolina with a friend, her husband, sisters and other family and as soon as the lights did not actually go out forever we all passed a joint around.

As I get ready to celebrate moving nine years into the new millennium, things in my life have changed dramatically but one thing remains the same -- I never spend New Year’s Eve with people I do not love. If the year to come is a reflection of the way we rang it in then I certainly want to be with the people I love, doing exactly what I want to be doing at that moment. In recent years, with the exception of a very blurry memory of a visit to my sister’s a couple years ago, Matt and I have generally spent the evening with S & B; we have dinner, chill at their place, pop champagne at midnight, hug all and kiss our respective other half and end up falling asleep at approximately ten after twelve. With them having four month old babies this year, who knows if any of us will even make it to see the clock tick over.

This past year was up and down, back and forth but so many shades of grey in many areas of my life so I have been thinking back to New Year’s Eve last year and trying to remember how I spent the time as we rang in 2008. The four of us toasted to change and growing families as well as friendship and bonds that will never be broken. This got me thinking about new people in my life, how giving and kind they all are and how so many things can change from one year to the next.

Over the past year I have met some amazing people through blogging and even though we are all very different people when it comes to age, gender, rearing, religion or writing style the common thread is that we all enjoy supporting one another’s achievements. I have met two wonderful gals outside of our little virtual world, Trayce and Bridgete, and I suspect that everyone else is just as fantastic as these two gals because, frankly, I do not surround myself with people who suck. (Yes, I stole that line from my sister but it is rare she finds time to read my blog anyway so it is likely she will never know it. And if you do, thanks Wendy.)

One new friend, Rose, was so generous recently and sent me this beautiful Christmas ornament that she hand painted just because, what a thoughtful gift! I do not have a tree so it is dangling from my candle holder instead.

Ginger was kind enough to mail me a box of henna hair color after I mentioned thinking about giving it a try (I am still a chicken right now but someday…).

I do not know what the future holds but I do know that this coming year is sure to be full of great times and adventures, family, best friends, writing, selling, new friends, creativity and exploration but most of all a heaping pile of gratitude for how far I have already come. Ringing in 2009 in two short days I plan to toast to new adventures and amazing success for everyone I know and love. Have a safe and happy New Year everyone.


High Desert Diva said...

I like your philosophy on only spending New Years with those you love.

Carolyn sent me an ornament, too. So sweet.

Bridgete said...

It has been so wonderful getting to know you this year and meeting you at the concert. I hope in this coming year we will have more time to hang out, or at least get some coffee!

Chris Stone said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year! have a great one!

Julie said...

Happy New Year, Jenn!

I keep thinking about Mraz's post on the subject, and how he spends his New Year doing specifically focused on how he wants to spend the coming year. I think that's a powerful thing, and I'd like to do the same. But I can't figure out the specifics. Haven't ever been able to. You've got it right, though, about spending the evening with people you love. I know I'll be doing that much.

Suldog said...

A tremendously Happy New Year to you and yours!

Bree said...

What lovely memories that reminded me of some of my own. I'm glad we "met" this year and I enjoy your thoughtful words.

Happy 2009, Jenn!

Karen said...

Nice post, Jenn! The New Year does bring about lots of memories and wishes for the new year... I hope you and your family and friends have nothing but wonderful days in 2009!

victoria said...

A very sweet read, Jenn! Have a very Happy New Year! I know it's going to ROCK for you! :)
~vic xxoo

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Very nice post. Happy New Year to you, Matt, and S&B and C&B. See you in 2009! Love, Mum

TheresaJ said...

Great post Jenn. I hope you have a wonderful new year's celebration and that the year brings you all you hope for.

pastrywitch said...

I can't remember the last time I stayed up for New Year's, but I do work in some reflection time. The really exciting thing about it for me is putting up the new calendar and marking important days on it. This year though, I have a lunar calendar, which started on the 27th of, yeah.
Anyway, you have been one of the high points of this year - looking forward to continuing the fun.

Rosebud Collection said...

This is so true..Happy you enjoyed the ornament..just know it was sent with love to my friends..You know Jenn, this has been a good year, just getting to know people..and good people they are..Sending you many blessings for your birthday..Have a great time, my dear friend..
I think we are getting a snowstorm..course I never make it past I won't know the difference..

ginger said...


i've really enjoyed getting to know you jenn. someday you'll try that henna, someday. :)