2011 had its share of ups and downs for me and my family, but the good things definitely outweighed the bad and this is a ratio with which I can live; I should be so fortunate in years to come. I am fully aware of how lucky I am and I try (though I don't always succeed) to be appreciative of that fact. I have a loving, funny and patient life partner, a supportive family and a loyal cast of friends. Raw nature and beautiful scenery are the backdrop to my days; a stranger in the form of a small dog walked out of the woods and changed our lives for the better; and I'm able to spend my time doing the things I love: baking, cooking, creating, reading and walking the fields and woods. You see what I mean about being lucky?
I heard this recently and it made sense - simple and obvious - yet still it can escape us: "Be nice. Don't lie." For goals, this seems like one to practice every single day.
Wishing everyone a 2012 filled with new discoveries, friends, family and much happiness!