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December 31, 2013

What a year it has been!

Filed under: Joy — Karma @ 8:51 pm
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Here it is, New Year’s Eve. Only a few hours of 2013 remain. I’ve been thinking about and wanting to write an end of the year blog post. In the past I’ve shared my favorite photos of the year, but this year feels different to me. It was one of changes, big and small. I’m not sure why I’m having such a very hard time getting this post started. Maybe I can start with this:

This is a book my father gave me for Christmas. He said he bought it because it was a photography book and because of the subject matter, and I truly appreciated the thought behind it. The photos in this book are beautiful and amazing. But the message behind it turned out to be a lot more. Do you see the subtitle of the book? “A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday”. At the beginning of each chapter the photographer/author tells a personal story that relates to the theme of the chapter. The first chapter is called “Dreaming”; a few lines that struck notes with me:
If you dream about something long enough, the universe just might conspire to give it to you.”
“Seeing his remarkable photographs sparked an even deeper passion, this time for photography”
“And so I learned another lesson: It’s never too late to dream.”

What if I could be present enough to find the joy in the every day? Celebrate the changes rather than worry about them. Wouldn’t that be the best change of all?
I think it is a lofty goal, and maybe not completely obtainable in a particular time period, but I can certainly try to work toward that goal.

Here are some changes, big and small, that I was able to celebrate in 2013.

carolina wren
The solving of a mystery: Jimmy and Judy’s true identities were revealed

My older daughter became an adult

magnolia 4
On my birthday, I celebrated pink flowers and a blue sky and a change to beautiful spring weather

baby robin gets some sun
The change from a pile of sticks to a nest to eggs to baby birds and new life

The pride in my younger daughter’s award

a kiss for the grad

"tropical" Maine
The peace, the perspective, my place of zen: the change I feel in my soul when my body finds this place

Meghan's dorm
Difficult to accept, but the true happiness Meghan has found in her new life at school

Dream come true!
Ahhhhhh……no explanation needed

dining room - after 1
A shiny new floor

in the Ames Room 1
A weekend of appreciation of family

new exercise togs
Starting to feel fit and continuing the commitment

a perfect pose
My daughter maturing and changing, and maybe, just maybe, starting to understand where mom is coming from

2013 Champs ornaments
A victory for my favorite team

Ted and Sarah
That feeling that all is right, if only for a little while.


  1. A lot of changes this year Karma, but your sharing of them with the rest of us has allowed us to learn to deal with the changes in our own lives. To a new year where we embrace the change.

    Comment by Mike — December 31, 2013 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Mike. May 2014 be a wonderful year!

      Comment by Karma — January 1, 2014 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  2. Happy New Year Karma! I remember most of the photos here that show your 2013 and I also recall that at times the changes you were experiencing were difficult for you. If we can just try to celebrate each day, I do believe we are on the right track toward growing, maturing, happiness and contentment with the changes in our lives. The very best we can do is try, and if we don’t get it exactly right this year, there’s always next year….right? 😉

    Comment by Joanne — January 1, 2014 @ 7:59 am | Reply

    • It would be wonderful to try to find something to celebrate each day. I know that many days, however, will be ones we’d rather just forget about than celebrate, lol!
      Thank you Joanne, and happy 2014 to you too!

      Comment by Karma — January 1, 2014 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  3. Karen this beautiful and thoughtful writing as usual. The photography is uplifting. By the way, what is the true identity of Jimmy and Judy? I actually heard them Sunday morning.

    Comment by trish49 — January 1, 2014 @ 8:35 am | Reply

    • Thanks Mom. I believe that Jimmy and Judy are Carolina wrens.

      Comment by Karma — January 1, 2014 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  4. Quels beaux souvenirs de ton année 2013 ! Certains plus émotionnels que d’autres… mais tous sont des signes de la vie qui passe, qui nous fait changer et apprécier chaque jour à sa juste valeur. Bravo et merci, chère Karen. Bonne chance pour 2014 !

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 1, 2014 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • Merci, Isa. J’apprécie toujours tes mots très réfléchies.

      Comment by Karma — January 2, 2014 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  5. Yes, all is right – and since “right” is constantly changing, it is right that it might only be for a little while. It’s another year, another start to the collection of memories, special moments both large and small, reminders of how precious life is. And, of course, the daily chores involved in living and moving forward. And, omigosh! I think I may have the start of a blog post here.

    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by Carol — January 1, 2014 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. Thank you for your thoughtful, insightful words. I’d love to read a post from you about this idea. I hope you’ll write it.

      Comment by Karma — January 2, 2014 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  6. I have always believed in you and taken pride in all of your accomplishments, though maybe sometimes from afar. I know if you set your mind to it you can find something positive in each day.
    p.s. I did not notice the subtitle when I purchased the book.

    Comment by Dad — January 1, 2014 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Dad, that’s really nice to hear you say. That book’s subtitle could turn out to be a real difference maker!

      Comment by Karma — January 2, 2014 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  7. It looks like you had a beautiful year! Happy 2014!

    Comment by Kate — January 1, 2014 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

    • It was full of ups and downs, of course, but you’re right, I did find a lot of beauty. Thank you Kate.

      Comment by Karma — January 2, 2014 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  8. Such a great post, Karen! Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014!

    Comment by TheDailyClick — January 2, 2014 @ 9:24 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. Same to you! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — January 2, 2014 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  9. Wonderful post Karma!! I am going to work on being around a bit more in 2014. 🙂 Happy New Year!!

    Comment by kanniduba — January 2, 2014 @ 11:37 am | Reply

    • Thanks KD. Would be nice to have you back in the blogosphere!

      Comment by Karma — January 2, 2014 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  10. This is such a beautiful post, Karma. Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you all the best (and lots of joy in the present) for 2014. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — January 2, 2014 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  11. It WAS a year of changes for you! I know what you mean about worrying all the time…maybe not enjoying the moment..I’m all about the ‘next’ thing even before the thing I’m in is finished. I agree we should work on enjoying NOW more. Happy New Year Karma! 🙂 It’s going to be a good one…but today is pretty good too.

    Comment by Dawn — January 3, 2014 @ 6:54 am | Reply

    • Thank you Dawn. I am enjoying today for now – it is a snow day, as was yesterday, so Christmas break was extended a bit. Sometimes teachers enjoy a snow day as much as the kids.

      Comment by Karma — January 3, 2014 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  12. So much joy shining out of this post! Loved reading it and looking at the pics. That book looks amazing–love the photo on the cover. To think that we’re all dancers in this Universe and that joy is available to feel if we open ourselves to it.

    Comment by Kathy — January 12, 2014 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy. Today is a little more sad than joyful, but I’m doing my best to stay open to the possibilities.

      Comment by Karma — January 12, 2014 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

      • I am sorry to hear that. Sad days are no fun.

        Comment by Kathy — January 12, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

      • Only because I had to bring Meghan back to school today – I’m always a bit blue when she goes back after a good visit.

        Sent from Windows Mail

        Comment by Karma — January 12, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

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