Monday 31 December 2012

Go gently

On 1/1/12 I posted about my plans to "Live Simply" as seen here and it's made me reflect on whether I managed to achieve this or not? Part of my time was fulfilled in a simple way of living but by half way into the year my motto changed and became "Simply Live" as the second half of the year became heavy and filled with anxiety and fear of the future.

 With strength in my faith and support from family and friends we made it through the rocky ride and here, on the precipice of 2013 I have a strong sense of hope and optimism for this fresh new year. After all, I am an optimist at heart.

I am not one for New Years resolutions because I never stick to them! Instead, I plan to try and strive to be more mindful of taking care of my/our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

I believe that if we can keep these strong and balanced, then we can be brave and feel equipped with adequate armour to live a purposeful and meaningful next year. 

Sometimes, so much easier said than done I know but I think it's all in me being mindful and a bit more self aware when I make choices.

Here's to wishing all of you a really richly blessed 2013, may it be gentle and sweet and memorable in whatever comes your way. May kindness prevail through every thought and deed that we do and may we have courage for those sharp, twisty bends and bumps that we may have to endure. 

Sending you all light and love and humble thanks to all my wonderful bloggy visitors, your generosity, empathy, inspiration and kindness has been so uplifting over this past year and once again I am grateful that I have had this place to share my hopes, makes and dreams with you xox

Go gently into the night


  1. What a lovely, thoughtful post. Best wishes to you and yours for 2013.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. Beautifully put, as ever!
    May 2013 be all you and your family hope and dream of xx

  3. Happy New Year, best wishes for a happy and fulfilling 2013 x

  4. I agree with Liz. Such beautiful words and sentiments sweet Penelope.
    Wishing you and your lovely family a healthy and happy 2013.
    Loved visiting you this year , it's a wonderful corner of cyber space.
    Take Care
    love Jacquie x

  5. A very Happy New Year to you and your family.


  6. Wishing you lots of good things for 2013, I hope it a gentle, creative year for you! :) x

  7. I've so enjoyed visiting you this past year, you have such warm words and beautiful photographs. Thank you Penelope! And of course a very Happy New year!

  8. Happy New Year to you, I hope 2013 is a truly magical one for you and I look forward to sharing it with you!
    Kate ox

  9. Beautiful words, Penelope. May 2013 bring everything you wish for xxx

  10. Happy New Year Penelope.

    Mike has membership for our two as junior seagulls. How he'd love to take them to a match, but we had to move before they were old enough. He went to his first match to see them when he was 9 and fell in love from then on. He hated Focus stores and got irritated when I bought paint there as there was a dodgy deal for them to buy the old Goldstone pitch and left Seagulls without a proper club site for years (that's how much he loves them). Like you I have no interest what-so-ever all I know is 11 men kick a ball.

    Lisa X

  11. Beautiful words, and gorgeous pictures. Wishing you too love and light in the coming year. Laura x

  12. Penelope,
    I don't make new years resolutions any more either - I just try to be the best me. I like what you said about being brave and feel equipped with adequate armour. That is so special. Happy New Year, my new bloggy friend!
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  13. Dear Penelope, I'm so glad you made it through the "rocky ride" of 2012. Blessings to you and yours in 2013, and I'm so grateful to know you!

    P.S. I don't make resolutions either. :)

  14. Hello Penelope
    Great thoughtful!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your lovely comments on my latest post. I would be delighted to enter you in the giveaway...just one tiny thing missing being a follower of my blog. I can't see you there unless you are under another name.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  15. I am way behind with my blog visiting due to our own rocky start to 2013 and having finally found my way back here feel particularly comforted by your beautiful words Penelope, thank you. And may 2013 be a blessed year of abundant good things for you and your family x

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