Sunday Comics: Happy, Uh, New Year!

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know that January is nearly over.  But it’s not yet–so I have a few more days before wishing someone a Happy New Year because my procrastination is in full swing becomes embarrassing (and even when it is embarrassing, I just drink more and ignore it).

You gotta love friends:  I have been nudged by nearly all of them about me neglecting all of you–ranging from a passive “I don’t think I’m getting your email updates anymore” to aggressive “Why the fuck aren’t you writing” comments.

I know, I know!  The truth is, I have been writing–just of the book (gasp! yep, I said it) variety.  It is a travel humor book: a collections of stories I have accumulated over the last 25 years of traveling.  I have 2 more stories to type up and then I think my very first rough draft is done!  Also, because apparently I’m a glutton, I’ve started piecing together a cookbook, which will be a collection of favorite recipes.

Apparently, I like collections.

Regarding the blog, I could apologize and proffer promises of a “new year, new me bullshit” but we all know that’s not me  (well, the promising yes–just not the doing!)–and in the spirit of Sunday Comics, found this little gem on Pinterest (because aside from Netflix, what better way is there to procrastinate?!?!?!?!).


Happy, Uh, New Year!



La Bella Vita

Happy New Year!

I hope your holidays have been wonderful and bright and all that jazz.

I recently have been playing host to 4 friends from very different parts of the globe.  Now that they have all gone, stillness has quietly crept back into my house (aside from the yelling at the &%*I$(#^&^%$^ football game), which has allowed for some inner reflection of the craziness that was 2014.  I had some pretty spectacular moments; unfortunately they were not all happy spectacular moments, but a few gut-wrenching ones as well.

Don’t worry this isn’t going to be a sappy-Shez-has-had-too-much-champers-and-going-to-make-everyone-cry post.  First of all, I don’t do sappy very well and secondly, I need to get a move on because it’s halftime and I definitely don’t want to be writing/editing when the game comes on again, lest my laptop be accidentally thrown in a fit of screaming “my granny could run faster than that!”

Where was I?  Oh yes: I just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who support me and challenge me and make me laugh.  And an even bigger THANK YOU to my amazing family and friends for, well, everything.

I’ve had some very surreal moments this year.  Snorkeling with jelly fish, for example, or watching the Times Square ball drop and being covered in confetti or sitting on a deck in Minnesota, staring at a beautiful sunset looking out over Canada or standing next to my cousin while she solidified her life with a really great guy (although NO ONE tell him that because we’ll never hear the end of it!).

Not too long ago, I was having coffee with my friend Des, who remarked that her favorite thing about me was that it didn’t matter what crazy place she wanted to go or what crazy thing she wanted to do, I had a story about why it would be a great idea.

I realized at that very moment that I had been blessed with a very unique outlook on life that made it unpredictable, but oh-so-beautiful.  It was nothing like I ever imagined it would be when I was growing up smack dab in the middle of Texas and it certainly isn’t perfect, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I think–no, I know–that I have spent a lot of time in the past few years obsessing about the negatives and everything that has gone wrong, and so my goal for this year is to focus more on the positives and figure out a way to create even more beauty in my life….starting with reminding the Cowboys they are actually playing today and figuring out how to get them show up and win (what? surely you didn’t expect me to end on a sappy note?!?!).

Best wishes for a happy, prosperous, and beautiful 2015!


Shez and the darling princess pupcicle


Happy New Year!!

Do you have plans for tonight?  I know people who are celebrating, others who are not.  Regardless of what you do, spend it doing something that makes you happy.  The last week and half have been crazy to say the least (more about that later), but it serves as a reminder about how precious life is–and how you should never take it for granted.  Rather than making empty resolutions focused on “fixing” you, I challenge you, dear readers, to realize that you are fabulous just the way you are and you should make resolutions that help enrich your life.  How do you do this?  By taking time to really think about why you’re making the resolutions you’re making.

It’s easy to say: I want to lose weight or stop eating sugar or run 45 miles a day.  I think sometimes there is such pressure to make resolutions, that we just throw something out there that sounds good or that we think we should be resolving, without really thinking about the why or the how. And in so doing, we often set ourselves up to fail and then feel guilty or bad or unworthy.  I’ve done it.  More times than I can count or even care to admit.

However, I don’t think that is the actual goal and purpose of New Year’s (or birthday or whenever) Resolutions.  I think it is to allow you the time to think about you and how you want to adjust your life to enhance it.  So, if I might be so bold (because I have been–on more than one occasion–called BOSSY), I’d like to offer you a few suggestions to think about when making your resolutions:

  1. Be realistic.  You’re not going to lose 67 pounds by Valentines Day.  If you’re a couch potato, waking up tomorrow and running 5 miles is only going to result in your body revolting on you and calling you a whole bunch of dirty names.
  2. Health and wealth are important, but so is feeling happy and helping people–so think outside the diet, exercise, and saving money box!  Volunteer, take a class, reach out to a neighbor.
  3. Create a plan.  You want to learn Igbo?  Find a class or a group or go to the library and get language tapes (but maybe call ahead to see if they have Igbo language tapes).  The more specific/organized your plan is, the more likely you are to succeed.
  4. Remember that, after all, tomorrow is another day.  You don’t need January 1st to reset your life, so allow an option to start over, whether that is on January 2nd or March 15th or even November 7th.                      A Very Important Thing to Remember
  5. Do what makes YOU happy, not what you think other people want you to do.
  6. The point of this is to better your life, not make you feel stressed, guilty, or unworthy.  Remember the first tip?  Be realistic.  Set small goals and then when you complete them, set another.

That’s my two cents for a happier, more prosperous and productive New Year.  You can, of course, take it with a grain of salt, but pleeeeease let the salt include tequila and lime! ;- )