Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Random Selection of Gratitude...

2012 was not a good year for me.  Sure, there were flickers of good, but as a whole, it was filled with pain, regret, remorse, and general awfulness.


With that awfulness came transcendence.With that pain came understanding. With that remorse came gratitude.

This quote by Nietzsche resonates with me:

"One must have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star." (paraphrased).

I am determined to make 2013 an excellent year, embrace all the multi-faceted excellence that makes me human, and be awash with inspiration on a daily basis.

I want to hear your goals, inspirations, and/or general good thoughts for this year.  There is strength in connection and reading your positive words and quests for greatness will inspire my own soul.

I do not typically run contests on my blog - so, I'm not going to call this a "contest", but rather a random selection of gratitude from me to you.  Here's what I would like you to do:

~ Leave me a comment below with your goals, inspirations and general good thoughts for 2013.

~ Pin on Pinterest your favorite Inspiral pendant by repinning one from my board - one that speaks to you - and make sure to use #inspired in the description . 

(You can follow me on Pinterest if you would like...but you certainly do not have to! )

On January 31st, I will randomly select a comment AND a Pin (that means TWO pendants will be given), and send you an Inspiral pendant of your choice as a symbol of gratitude and inspiration from my hands to yours.

This is open to everyone, any where in the World.

Share your words. Connect. Inspire.

Happy 2013, Everyone!



windycindy said...

"Happy New Year!" I have found that most of the times, the most difficult times in my life, were learning tools! Losing my only brother and my mom in 2000, nearly killed me physically and emotionally!
Although, 13 years have passed, I miss them, terribly...It hasn't stopped me from enjoying life because I have wonderful memories.
For 2013, our oldest son is getting married and our younger son is in his last year of college!
My father will turn 95! It is going to be a fabulous year...
I did pin your gorgeous special date Inspiral Pendant. I would love to give it to my son's fiance"!
Many thanks, Cindi

sassyshell said...

Thoughts for 2013: More family time, more quiet time, more love, laughter, joy with my kiddos. More intention in choosing our commitments, more choices that lead to less stress/worry. More grace and kindness towards myself as well as my kiddos and hubby.

Here's to a year of embracing and celebrating where we are in the journey!

Kelli H. said...

My goals for 2013 are to leave the past in the past and be happy & healthy!

lasha bearman said...

I am going to try harder this year to be happy with what I have, rather than stress about what i don't have. Money has always been tight in my family and its one of those things I'm just going to have to accept. But it will also make me more creative as I find better ways to utilize what we do have to make my kids think that times are not so hard. We will be doing lots more "homemade" as opposed to store bought. We will be dining in, rather than out. We will spend more time at home, as opposed to going so much. :-)

Amber F. said...

Happy 2013!

So many good things happened in 2012 that outweigh the bad! My estranged father tried to gain custody of my younger sister against her will and my husband and I suffered a miscarriage. However, we moved to Colorado with my mom and within a few months my husband has received two raises and a promotion! I also started a hobby of making my own jewelry and I am finding it very relaxing and enjoyable.

Now 2013 has rolled around and opportunities for improvement are continuing to bless us. My husband received another higher job position with another raise. My older and mentally impaired brother is coming to live with us. In addition, my husband and I have discussed our new year's resolution and decided to dedicate it to trying to have another baby!

Have a great year everyone!

dakanak said...

2012 had it's challenges, hardships and trials both personally and in the world as a whole. But I'm grateful that with each new year, we have a new start: a chance to turn things around. That's the beauty of LIFE. And so this is my motto for 2013, a quote I stumbled upon, hope it inspires others, too:
"I'll look back on this and SMILE....because it was LIFE, and I decided to LIVE it."

dakanak said...

Stumbled upon this quote and thought it appropriate to sum up my thoughts for 2013, hope it inspires others, too: "I'll look back on this and SMILE, because it was LIFE, and I chose to LIVE it!"
Make the most of the time you have, smile more, be kind, hug those who mean something to you and be grateful for every moment you have!

Carrie said...

I also had a crummy 2012. Looking for some inspiration as I move into 2013.

Sarah Yurga said...

2013 is my year of appreciation: showing it to those who have earned it and being worthy of other's appreciation. I have also decided to leave the negative behind...negative thoughts, people and situations. There is too much light and life in my world to obsess with anger and negativity, or obsess on those who thrive on it.

Lee Ann L. said...

My word of the year for 2013 is "anew". The word for 2012 was "finish" and 2011 is "do". I wrote about it in my latest blog post. Thank you for a chance to win a lovely pendant!

HelenN said...

I hope to take better care of myself and be nicer to my husband.

Jennifer said...

I am hoping to make 2013 my year by getting healthy. I need to be around to raise my daughter and being over weight is not helping me out with this goal. I also want to be more self reliant by making my own things and growing my own food. Here's hoping your 2013 is great!

MoonRae said...

I'm gonna just keep smilin'....
Yes I may look like a lunatic, but once in a while....someone smiles back
I'm doing my best to live by my favorite saying,
~Life IS Grand~

Thank you for this beautiful opportunity!! (smile)

Laura Waltz said...

2013 started out with the loss of my Grandfather. It was hard, but he was ready to go. In pondering that, I want 2013 to mean more time with family. Not just time, but meaningful, full attention time. Too often I tell my young children (ages 3 and almost 5), "in a minute" or "not right now. Later." I need to say yes more & worry about the cleaning later. I want to be stronger spiritually, intellectually and physically. I have some weight I need to lose to make myself healthier and happier. I want 2013 to be my year to spend more time with my husband and go on dates at least once a month. I am almost 30 (eek!), but I feel like this will be my strongest year yet. That was why I repinned the strength inspiral pendant. I hope your year is full of blessings & strength too. This is my 2013 quote for the year. Maybe it will help inspire you too:

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

nikolelily said...

This year has certainly been a challenge. I gave birth in the midst of a huge Pacific North West ice storm, at home. We lost power just 6 minutes after she was born. We had to rely on the kindness of others for 4 days until our power returned.

Shortly after, we purchased our first home, which came with challenges of it's own. I am incredibly grateful to be a home owner.

The must challenging part of '12 came in September, and has also given me the most gratitude I have ever felt. My 4 year old son was hospitalized for a week at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.

The families and children of this disease are so inspiring. T1D ifs often misunderstood, and is in fact a terrifying, difficult and stressful illness, and deadly. My small son has been so brave, so positive, and so wonderful through it all, He is truly an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I just started a new job at a busy community ER and my patients inspire me every day. Despite their pain, anguish, suffering, and serious medical problems they are grateful for what health they do have and for the attention I give to them. They show amazing courage and strength which in turn helps me. I'm going through the last few weeks of a hard pregnancy, my husband just started a new job too, we are paying two mortgages because of this crummy market, and just barely keeping our heads above water...for us, 2013 starts with the birth of our 3rd daughter and we are looking to change all these challenges into opportunities. I can't complain because I'm not bad off compared to many of my patients but definitely need to pull a bit more strength from them to truly be fearless and capture 2013! It is what you put into it and I'm ready to give it my all! Good luck to everyone for a better 2013 than 2012, I hope everyone's situation is improved!