My top 10 for 2011
(10-2 are in random order,
but #1 is #1)
#10 The assortment of
people I have gotten to know
This year I have expanded the people I
know. Most are very different from me and somehow it doesn't matter.
Variety is the spice of life.
This is the honest truth. I've gotten to know people who are in different
professions, different tax brackets both higher and lower, happy people, angry
people (avoiding these people), active people, inactive people (avoiding these
people too) optimistic people, pessimists (avoiding these people). Whenever I'm
around someone who is nothing like me I sure do learn a thing or two. Sometimes,
it's about them, sometimes it's about me. I am and probably will always be
fascinated by people. I hope to introduce you to some of them this year. I must
say the people who have touched me the most are the artists. I use that in a
broad, sweeping way. The painters, the musicians, the athletes, the
writers, the singers! They deserve their own slot, so on to number 9.
#9 Ruby The Red Jeep
I love my Jeep! She has
opened up a whole new world for me. If I didn't have responsibilities or
obligations I would hop in Ruby and embark on many back road journeys. I would
invest in a state of the art GPS system and have at it. I would drive all over
the place and meet people around the country, up in the mountains, at the
beaches, everywhere. Since I do have obligations and responsibilities I vow to
get in her as many times as I can throughout the year and explore the pacific
northwest. There is so many places to see and so many interesting people to
meet. I'm hoping to introduce you to more of this region this year.
#8 The Massage Industry
Massage has changed my life.
I know it's a late in life career change, but I've always been a late
bloomer. This career allows me to have work which not only provides a
living, but I can make a difference in people's lives. That's important. That's
another thing I never paid attention to earlier in life. I'm paying
attention now. Also, for the first time in my life I'm working for myself. It
has been/is still scary, thrilling and each day I wonder if I will be able to
continue doing it on my own. Guess what? I am! I am doing it and I am the boss
of me. Guess what else? I'm working harder than ever and loving every minute of
it. The beauty of this transition is I realized if I put all my energy and focus
into attaining a goal, it will materialize. One way or another. Trust me it aint
easy sometimes but hey I'm employed and I'm a shoe in for employee of the year!
#7 Bravo TV
I admit it, I love Bravo TV.
The Real Housewives Franchise used to be my favorite, but not so much anymore.
In the beginning I loved how they showed their opulent homes,
extravagant vacations, lavish parties and all that free flowing money can
provide. Then after a couple of seasons they became ugly. Trailer park girls
have more class than these ladies. If I want to see a bunch of cat fighting, I
will go hang out or work at a place with a bunch of women. O.K. I may be
generalizing somewhat, but you get the picture. So, what do I still love
about Bravo TV? I love Top Chef. I love Top Chef; Just Desserts. I love Chef
Roble` and Co. I love the Millionaire Matchmaker. I love Watch What Happens
Live. What other talk shows have a drinking game? I have to admit though Bravo
better step it up, because I also love Gold Rush. Flying High Alaska. American
Pickers. So, in 2012 I say see ya later housewives, you have worn out your
What can I say, I am so happy
Facebook is here. I have reconnected with family that I haven't seen in years
and some I really never knew. I love seeing how they are living and seeing how
they are doing and realizing much to my surprise how different we are, yet
really alike. I love reconnecting with people I went to school with. Some
I didn't know that well then, but I'm getting to know now. My high school years
were not the high point in my life. I was on a real live Gold Rush on the S.
Florida Klondike, aka, the north parking lot of Atlantic High. You might say I
had gold fever. Nevertheless, I snapped out of it a million years later. Now I'm
happy, healthy and thriving.
#5 Washington State and the
I love my new home. I miss
Florida, but it's equally beautiful here in a different way. It's my hope to
introduce you to the beauty and adventure that's out here. This kind of
coincides with #10 and #9. Can you see where I'm going with this. My ultimate
desire is to show you all around this area through pictures and writing. I have
to start thinking of what I will do after massage don't I? I made a career
switch once and now I know how easy it really can be, I just may give it a try.
Ha, when I wrote that sentence the Mary Tyler Moore song came to mind:
We're going to make it after all! That's really showing my age isn't it?
#4: KXLY Christmas Wish
There is a local radio
station which provides help, gifts, and a ton of support at Christmas time to
people in need. The first of December they start showing up at the recipients
job or houses with whatever they need most. It is touching and makes you believe
in humanity. When I first moved up here in 1995, they helped me and it changed
my outlook on life. If you want to read about it here it is. http://thewritekelly.livejournal.com/22884.html
Every year I try to support it whenever I can because I know it's important and
it really matters.
#3 Good Books
This is kind of a no-brainer
and it's on the list every year. I don't know what this world would be like
"Let each man
exercise the art he knows" Aristophanes
"I merely took the
energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues" Duke Ellington
This year more than ever I
have been honored by meeting many artists. Painters, Musicians, athletes who
have taken their skills to breathtaking levels, writers, photographers
just to name a few. You all know who you are. Please know every time you
share your passion and continue to grow in your art it touches people. It's
true. Especially when you put your soul into it, it changes lives. It
shows we are not alone in our struggles, triumphs, adventures, loves and vices.
It matters, so keep on creating. I hope in 2012 I will be able to introduce you
to some of the amazing people I know who live, love and breathe their art.
#1 My Family
I'm happy that I finally am
starting to realize you don't have to do every thing on your own or by yourself.
Family, both blood and hand picked make this life worth living. I told you I'm a
late bloomer in everything, so I'm probably preaching to the choir, but
sometimes people take a long time to learn. I thank God everyday for my husband.
My only regret is not meeting him earlier in life, but I guess that wasn't the
plan. My life, like everyone's has it's ebbs and flows, but I really think my
ebbs are like the dairy queen commercial says, "I don't have ebbs, I have
ebb-er-frickin'-neezer-ebbs! Maybe that's why I love the flows so much. They
sustain me through the ebbs, and my husband too. I'm grateful for my sons
who provide me with ebbs and flows. I'm grateful for my sister and my niece and
nephew. I'm grateful to my family I'm reconnecting with even if it's only via
the internet. I'm thankful for my sisters who I grew up with in Sand and Sea.
They are still in my life and wow, who could ask for more? Me, that's who
and I'm gonna go after it with gusto. I wish you all a Happy 2012 and I hope
it's filled with good health, happiness, much success, and adventure!!!