Good-bye 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Today I say good-bye to 2010. I am planning a quiet day of reflection. This has not been the best year for me. For starters I had a stroke on August 26. That's a pretty low blow for a year to pull on a person. Seriously 2010 what the heck were you thinking when you did that to me?

I also developed a Morton's Neuroma on my left foot which really affected my exercise momentum. Putting no pressure on the foot seriously limits aerobic options. My favorite exercise of walking is currently sitting on a back burner.

And of course there is paying off those medical bills. My insurance is good, but the deductible is still way too high. And them my washing machine and oven both decided to break down! The stove is too old to fix, but I will wait until the medical bills are paid off before I look for a new one. At least the burners still work. You can do a lot of fine cooking on a burner.

2011 - I welcome you with open arms, and as always I have some resolutions to work on. This year I have whittled my resolutions down into one simple goal. It pretty much covers every area of my life.

2011 is the year that I de-clutter my life.

I am already working on this resolutions starting with my house. Owning a home invites clutter. It is easy to store things when you have a house. And before you know it - clutter happens. This clutter is symbolic for other area's in my life as well. Personal finance, friends and family that don't serve, and of course extra body weight. As I de-clutter my house, I run into things that I have emotional attachments to. I struggle with letting these things go. Why? It could be that I have not used this item for a very long time - but the attachment is still there. What I am discovering about myself is that I also have a similar attachment to letting go of the weight on my body. To a degree I have become attached to my current body image and self. It is time to let that go as well. As I am going through my house and let go of these attachments I remind myself that I am also letting go of the old me that no longer serves. This is becoming a very healing process.

My wish for myself in 2011 is that as I de-clutter my life, and let go of the old, that any emotional attachments I have to my physical body will also be let go. In the process, a new healthier me will be revealed.

It is a simple resolution, to de-clutter one's life. But I think it will bring grand results.

I am looking forward to 2011. It will be a very good year!
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    Great blog post and great resolution!! Keep us updated on how it goes - I could use some motivation in the de-cluttering arena!

    Wishing you ALL the best in 2011 and looking forward to enjoying your friendship again this year!!!

    3368 days ago
    2010 was not your year! So glad things are better. I am back. I am going out of work on medical leave for a few weeks. I am having a hysterectomy. I was worried about this setting me back, but after reading your story I am not letting this little thing get in my way. So glad you are alright. You are an inspiration emoticon
    3371 days ago
    You took what could have been a very negative overshadow (a rough past year) and turned it into a very healthy, healing, and empowering goal. I know this will be your year, as you shed your self of the clutter. You can do this, and will look back, at this time next year, and thank yourself for taking that first step. :)

    Here's to 2011 - I see clear skies ahead!
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    Hi Maggie,

    I am sorry that 2010 was such a rough one for you.

    I want to let you know that, during this year, your friendship has meant a great deal to me and that you have been both a blessing and and encouragement to me.

    My wife struggles with emotional attachment to things to and is trying to declutter also. I don't so much deal with clutter with regard to things but with organizing my time and my brain. This will be a challenge for me in 2011.

    My wish is that you have a wonderful 2011, that you are blessed with good help and that you are able to achieve your goals.

    Your grateful Sparkfriend,

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    3375 days ago
    Dear Maggie, Seems like it was far from being a boring year for you emoticon
    In a way, the fact that you're worried about bills and stoves is very positive, because it means your stroke didn't have too heavy an impact on your health emoticon
    I love the de-cluttering idea and I wish you luck with this venture.
    I certainly wish myself to be able to read your blog posts and stay in touch with your throughout the coming year emoticon
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    3375 days ago
    Great blog, Maggie. My goals for 2011 are to simplify and declutter, too. We CAN do it!

    Happy New Year!
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    Hi Maggie dear,
    This is a new beginning for you !
    Try to put what is past behind you love.
    I know it is so hard, we have so many regrets sorrows and health issues, but! we cannot undo the past it has gone... and should be forgotten,
    except for the lovely memories.
    Take each new day as it comes savour it . it will never come again .
    We have to move forwards and upwards with a loving heart and forgiveness in our soul.
    We also have to learn to accept that we can only do what we can.
    Have a wonderful New Year my friend .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    3375 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/31/2010 7:56:44 PM
    Maggie, I can so relate to some struggles in 2010, especially medically, although I didn't have a stroke! I am so hoping that 2011 brings many blessings for all of us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3375 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I'm with you for 2011.

    Stop beating ourselves up over every little slip-up.

    Let's celebrate the Victories!

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    3375 days ago
    Maggie, you've had a rough year, so you have only one way to go and that's up! Sometimes life gives us great struggles to help us learn what is really important. When I went through cancer, I read a wonderful essay entitled "The Gift of Cancer". At first, my reaction was- gift? How can cancer be a gift? But as I went through the healing process I found out who I really was and what was impportant for me. May 2011 bring you a year of healing and better circumstances. Your strength shines through in all your posts, so I know you will come through anything life throws at you.
    3375 days ago
  • REJ7777
    "I am also letting go of the old me that no longer serves" - what a great concept! I wish you success in decluttering your life. I wish a 2011 filled with health and renewal! emoticon
    3376 days ago
    Maggie I am so sorry you've had such a bad year, 2011 will be your year hun.
    I have a declutter every January-a habit inherited from my late mum and it feels so good when it's done- no cupboard or drawer is safe from my eagle eyes and determined mind to chuck out!

    I wish you all the best, and much improved health Maggie, you've been an inspiration to me since I've come to know you
    Happy New Year babes
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