New Year, New Beginnings

I like to think of a new year as a time for new beginnings. 

Most of the time new beginnings, like my newfound dedication to my Arbonne business and a commitment (predicated on a dare) to run a half marathon in September are very exciting.

Other times, new beginnings own a poignancy that tug on one’s heart with no sign of letting go.

This week I found out that someone very close to me may not win a battle with a terrible illness.  Whether it is a few months or a few years from now, I must begin to prepare for a time when my loved one will not be a part of my daily existence.

On a completely different note, this week our eldest, Danielle, received her first college acceptance.    First I felt a sensation of relief, then a wave of pride and finally, a pang of extraordinary sadness.  She really is going to leave, isn’t she?  Our little band of six will go down to five.   Danielle will enjoy a new beginning without me and well, no one deserves all of the excitement that comes with newfound independence more than she.  

No matter what the new year brings to you, I wish that all of your new beginnings have happy endings.