Hello 2013....

2013 is here, hoorah!

Without fail, I always feel excited all day long on January 1....
For some years now December 31 has found me literally longing for midnight to arrive & the new year to start.

Of course, I do know that you don't need a new page, a new term, for it to be a Monday or every single duck to be in a row to make a brand new start....
but there is something special about the new-ness of the first day of the year.

For me it's simply about two things....

hope & possibility

I am impossibly hopeful & relentlessly positive.
I accept the charge & fully admit that I just don't know how to be any other way.

My husband thinks of what will go wrong - 
I am convinced that nothing could ever ever possibly go wrong.
We meet somewhere in the middle, just as it should be.
We balance each other out. Mostly ;)

I've been writing my blog for well over three years now so each year I take a look back at what I hoped, wished, dreamt of & planned the previous January.
All my posts are packed full of hope & plans.

I think that as that as life progresses you begin to realise that it does not come with a set of boxes which you check as each year passes and then one day, you are done.

If anything - or at least if you are anything like me - each year you simply add more boxes to the checklist.

And isn't that the beauty of life....that you are never "done"?

There are always places to go, things to learn, things you can do better & so many things you want to do more of.

I think that the key is instead of being overwhelmed & overawed by it....
is to be excited & invigorated by it.

There is nothing as exciting as a new challenge or opportunity....
even if saying yes in itself is part of the challenge. 

Every January for the last few years, I've made a short list of things I'd like to do during the coming year....
not necessarily resolutions, maybe more list of things I need to do & that I'd like to do.

They invariably include those things that most people have on their lists....eat better, drink more water, go to the gym, do more of this & less of that etc.

This year I made a list of aspirations.

My wise & accomplished friend Kim chooses a word for the year ahead - an idea I really love.

I am deciding between three words :


I want all of these words to shape 2013 for me.
I have a plan. I always have a plan. And a list. 
Maybe I'll stick with not one but three words....after all, we do make our own rules.

Leslie has been following my blog for a little while and this led, fairly recently, to us emailing each other a couple of times (I love it when that happens!) 

She wrote a fabulous & really inspiring piece here yesterday....
"in pursuit of a life that matters"....

I think she's an exceptional writer & I've read and re-read it several times.
Not only is it full of wisdom but it's full of thoughts that I am sure so many women can relate to.

   Last night we had dinner together as a family - just the four of us.

I had prepared small slips of paper for each of us & after dinner we wrote out 10 wishes for the year ahead....
we placed them in a sealed jar and plan to open them next New Year's Eve.

Thank you so much for following my blog thus far....
I wish you a wonderful 2013, may it bring you all that you wish for.
Simone XX

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  1. Happy New Year to you and your family dear Simone,
    May it be filled with love and kindness and that you all achieve your 10 wishes ! Thanks for another year of blogging friendship and here's to more of the same in 2013.
    What did you think of the fireworks ? ....... The BBC didn't do the music this year so Daniel wasn't involved ........ it wasn't as good was it ? !!!!!!!! haha He thinks that they might be doing it next year though !
    Lots of love. XXXX

  2. Your energy and enthusiasm positively jumps off the page. I have no doubt that you will achieve your goals and many more along the way. I look forward to reading all about them.
    Happy New Year x

    I'm curious to see what's in store for 2013. Here's to health, love, joy, family and friends, all of which money cannot buy. Love, Heidi

  4. Simone, I love your positive outlook on life and I think you are a very talented writer. There is something about the optimism in your writing that I love - and it's contagious. I love your words for this year, and your message about life - that it's always evolving and we are never done, you're so right!! It's the beauty of life... and something we must embrace :)

    Thank you for your sweet words about my new years post. It's comforting to me that you worried as well, and that everything will work out. We are so very excited to be having a baby - and I will look to others, like you, for advice and guidance on how to remain positive and keep moving forward and positively on this adventure through life! I really LOVE the idea of writing down the hopes for the new year and sealing them up until next year... it's very neat! You're such a good mama!

    I hope you and your family have a beautiful 2013... you deserve it! Cheers, Simone!

  5. Simone!
    Here I am reading along and relishing all these exuberant, positive thoughts, and loving the energy and smiling when I read the line, "I am impossibly hopeful & relentlessly positive," and thinking to myself, God I really like her (you) and boy, what a perfect friend-for-me (with my natural worry-wart tendencies) and then lo and behold. What?! I suddenly spot my name plopped in the middle of your post. Now THAT, was such a lovely surprise. Thank you so much for your kind words Simone, I'm quite convinced that I don't deserve them, but in the spirit of this uplifting post, I will simply accept this gesture as a perfect moment! By the way-I love the images you chose for this post, and I especially enjoyed hearing about your family dinner. Those slips of wishes are a wonderful idea!
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  6. So inspirational! I hope you have a wonderful new year!

  7. I love your outlook on the year ahead and how excited you get for NYE and thus Jan 1st. Sounds like the perfect dinner and putting down your wishes ~ what a great idea. I shall go and check out Leslie's post ~ hugs and love to you ~ Happy New Year sweet girl and cheers to 2013. xo

  8. Happy New Year Simone! Your post was very inpsiring, thank you.
    So much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. Love it and a I cannot wait! All the very best in 2013 to you and your family!


  9. Simone,

    So many beautiful and inspirational quotes here. I love visiting your blog because I always come away with a smile. Your outlook and images convey a beautiful message and with all of the crazy and sometimes depressing things in life it is nice to take in such happy things.

    I hope you have a very happy, healthy new year!

  10. Hello inspiring you! Happy New Years! I always look forward to the beginning of a new year to get a fresh start and get myself motivated and moving a bit more - especially after all the decadent holiday food and drink! I look forward to just living more in the moment - I have always been pretty good about it but I have recently taken a few steps back in that area and I want to work on that more and just live and love in a simply manner. Have a beautiful week, Simone! xxoo

  11. This is just the best! Sometimes I think that we think in the exact same way. I kept nodding along to everything you wrote. I agree and love everything you wrote! It makes me so excited for 2013 :) I'm feeling positive! Happy new year Simone! Xxx

  12. Thanks for popping by Simone! Know that even if I don't have time to comment on every post, I am absolutely reading!

    You have a very positive outlook on life...I love that.

    This is my first year having a "word" of motivation, and I LOVE it!

    I will be back often for your stunning, well-chosen images, and words that seem to fit my life so well.

    Peace my friend.

  13. Oh, how I envy your for your clear thoughts. I have been a motto & list girl, too. A new baby tends to refuse sticking to lists. The new mantra is 'one day at a time'. :-)
    Lots of love,

  14. Brilliant post Simone.
    I've printed off the Steve Jobs quote for my sons.
    I too like to make a list of jobs/intentions/aspirations at the beginning of the year - and look back at the end to see what has been achieved, and what goes back on the list for the next year.
    Wishing you all the best for 2013.
    With love,
    Liz x

  15. This is such a beautiful post Simone!! I started 2013 off with a new optimism, and your post has inspired me even more.


  16. I love your three words, love them. I'm excited by a new year too, and this year a bit more than last. Here's hoping 2013 brings us all good things.

  17. Dear Simone..I agree, Leslie is a dream, a truly inspiring writer. I love your three words as I do hers. May your create the life that feels good to you Simone and flourish, focus and move to your heart's desire each and every day.

    Best wishes my friend..so glad I have been following along these past three years. xxx

  18. Simone, Happy new year.
    Lots of positive thinking,
    May 2013 bring you Love , health and Happines.


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