Happy New Year, friends! The time of resolutions, promises to better the self, sometimes empty, sometimes so fulfilling. Not one for making them for the fear of braking them, I did declare some continuous goals to work on last year and I'm happy to say that most of them fell into practice; we worked at self-sufficiency and simplicity, with varying degrees of success (and lots of lessons learned), strived for being more satisfied with what we have, bought fewer things and helped others and volunteered when we could.
(My favorite picture from last year!)
Had I known this time last year what the future had in store for us all I might have witheld even these small goals and simply woved to survive the best I could, but thankfully you gotta live life to see it unfold.
I can't say that I'm sad to leave behind that year of turmoil, pain, animosity, disasters, upheaval, shake-ups and brake-ups, but I also believe that these events, however painful at the time, are necessary for our growthl. For every earth shaking quake and nuclear disaster there is an Arab Spring and an American Autumn, it seems. The flipside of the fear and madness of this world is all the beauty, the connection, love, nourishing, will to change, revolution, be it personal, or political or both.
Blogs and blogging often gets blamed (and sometimes for good reason!) for sugar-coating the gritty painfulness of reality, showing only the good and leaving out the bad, but I like to think that by sharing the good, sweet things in our everyday lives we can learn to appreciate them more ourselves.
So I've gathered here some of my favorite images and times from last year-and-lo-and-behold if it hasn't been a truly magical one, in spite all the darkness and hardships.
From epic birthdays to epic roadtrips...
To all my Moon Sisters.
Spring greens, summer bounty, and animal friends...
Faraway friends and favorite bands...
Island adventures and slow travel...
Dancing all night and walking all day...
There's this prayer that I learned somewhere in a book once, that I like to say to myself in moments of doubt and said often in this last year:
You see, I am connected to the earth,
You see, I am connected to the sky,
You see, I am connected to the people,
You see, I am alive.
I am alive.
Looking at these pictures reminds of that. What I thought of as a though time, is now just happy memories.
To a brand new year of memories, my dears!