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Friday, January 6, 2012

Words to Live By....

This year we decided New Year's Eve would be best spent at home, as a party of 2. Greg and I did not commit to staying up late enough to see the ball drop in New York City {but we did make it to midnight and I was so proud of myslef!}, and instead of getting dressed to impress like originally planned, I enjoyed the evening in a pair of mismatched jammies.  Our plan was to spend time recapping 2011 and forecasting 2012.  But first, we brought out a bottle of red wine and endulged in the endless supply of chocolate boxes given to Greg for Christmas from his students.  We turned on The New Years Rockin Eve Special in the background and then proceeded to bring out the laptop.   In tears from laughing so hard at a series of videos on YouTube, we quickly gained our compusure when we heard the phone ring.  Our dear friends {and by dear I mean always ready to party! You know who you are.  We love you!} from our prior life in NorCal were on the line.  Once we enjoyed some good quality speaker phone chat it was time to get to work. Recap and Forecasting time! 

I think the fact we opted for a mellow New Year's Eve is a solid indication that 2011 was a heck of a ride!  We agreed 2011 was the "Roller Coaster" year.  Not neccessarily because of it's up and downs {however, 2011 you did have your fair share!} but rather because of the sensation you get when on a roller coaster ride.  You know the feeling when you are strapped in to your seat and just sitting still in anticipation to free fall  10 stories.  Suddenly you drop at a rapid speed and the remainder of the ride is filled with a series of thrill and fear.  When you finally make it to the end of the ride, you are not sure if you should laugh or cry, so you decide to just go sit on a bench for a moment. Yep, that was 2011. {My poor mother had a hard time keeping up with my phone calls.  I was either in complete tears, or sharing the most amazing news!  Thanks mom, you are the best!}

Needless to say, our forecast for 2012 is to have a "steady" year.  It is important to me to make decisions based on opportunities to grow and move forward, but if we can have a year with "no new news" I think that will be a step in the right direction for the Thornquest family.  In an effort to maintain stability in 2012 Greg and I made a list of goals, areas of focus, truths to live by, and fun things to look forward to.  Ofcourse I had to take it a step further and attempt to post inspiring quotes and bible verses all over the house.  {Greg thinks this is so cliche.}

Quote signs are all the rage in the world of decor, and I think every home, make that every room, should have at least one inspiring quote hung in a creative fashion.  So pick your favorite quotes and display them in an unexpected way.  I will be doing the same.  {Even if Greg thinks I am silly}

Cheers to a "keeping it simple" kind of year.  Here are some quotes I resonate with,

Love to all,

A daily choice to be happy.  {Those darn birds always stealing my food at the beach!}

{For anyone like me, with the fear of failure!  We can do it!}

{I dwell in possibility to a fault. Even being married to a realist hasn't stopped me.  Hey, you just never know when you might come across a needle in a haystack!}

{From the movie "The Help."  I have been telling my kids this since watching the movie.}

{So true.  Back to the "dwell in possibility"}

 {No matter what age, we all want to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning, knowing we are loved.}