RIP – Mario Cuomo


Mario Cuomo

1932 ~ 2015

My 2015 Resolution is NO Resolutions……

new-year50January 1, 2015…..  a New Year.

So much emphasis is put on a new year, how it is a time to begin again with a clean slate.  A time to commit to resolutions that will be broken within the first week.

How is it that we choose this one day every year to begin anew, what if we just kept on moving?  What if we lived our lives in a way that on New Year’s Day we celebrated our successes, accepted our short comings and kept moving?

New Year’s Day is a good day to reflect and look ahead, but it shouldn’t be a day that we put unattainable goals in the way of our own happiness.

Last year I resolved to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  This year, I weigh more than I did last year, but I do live a healthier lifestyle.  Do I concentrate on the enlarged stomach I continue to carry around, or do I pat myself on the back for getting up at 5:15 three mornings a week and working out?

New Year’s Day is a good day to reflect, but this year I will have no resolutions.  I will have hopes, dreams and aspirations, I will also have forgiveness and understanding for my own short-comings.

Life is going to get in the way of all our best intentions.  2015 will include sadness, disappointment and heartbreak, it is part of life, but as I have grown older, I have learned to accept those set-backs and concentrate more on the good that life has to offer.

In 2014 my heart was broken when my dad died.  Yet, my heart is filled with joy knowing that he was reunited with my mom, my brother and so many others he loved.

Little did I know, when 2014 began that within weeks of losing my dad, a 6 lb 11 oz little girl would come along and begin to fill the hole in my heart left by sadness.

I have friends who have moved on to new phases in their lives, I am sad for the times we have lost together, but overjoyed that they are chasing dreams that fill their spirits.

In 2014, new friends and friends I have known since childhood forged strong bonds that will carry me forward into the next stages of my life.

When the year began, I would have never imagined changing companies mid-stream.  In 2014,  I changed jobs and employers without ever leaving my desk.  My role has grown and I have been presented opportunities that I could not have imagined on January 1, 2014.

The funny thing about life is; it happens.  We can’t stop it, we can’t slow it down and most of the time we can’t change it.  In 2015, I have goals and aspirations, I have begun the process of making a couple of major changes in my life that will dramatically alter my future.  I am more excited about these changes than any I have known for the past 20 years.

In 2015, life will go on, life will get in the way and life will be AWESOME!  My goal for 2015 is just to…. be.

To be present, to be mindful, to be appreciative.

I know there will be disappointments and pain, all part of life; but in 2015 I want to go with the flow and see where life takes me.

New Year’s Day is a good day to reflect, a good day to look ahead and a good day to live……  Bring it on 2015, I plan on living!

And that my friends, is my wish for you as well!  Happy New Year!


New Year Playlist…. What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong


It’s become a bit of a tradition….  “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong to start the year.  I hope the words to this song touch you and carry you forward in 2015…… indeed amidst all our problems, foibles and drama, we do live in a wonderful world.

Happy New Year Friends!