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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Positively A Positive New Year

by Mauverneen

Happy New Year everybody – and may we all stick to our resolutions - for a couple of weeks at least. I was looking over some previous New Year posts. It's funny how some things never change, and some do. One theme that seems to run through my January blogs is travel. Or rather, planning travel. But then, it seems I'm always doing that.

January is sort of a lost month. The holidays are over, the job of taking the decorations down is usually accomplished right after New Years Day, if not before, and then there are a few days of relaxing, putting your feet up and maybe watching a little tv. Or falling asleep on the couch. Life is good, life is calm. Everything is back to normal. And then - what? There's not another holiday until February (Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras) and sometimes it's a little boring with nothing to do. Might I suggest you start planning a vacation to ease the boredom or the cabin fever. Can't get away now? Do something local - some live entertainment, visit a museum. Plan a trip for further 'down the road'. Road trip? Summer vacation with the kids? A getaway without crowds, or maybe that once-in-a-lifetime bucket list trip you've dreamed about forever. Just plan it. Now, while you're not distracted, while you've got some time on your hands.

Even if you never take the trip you might learn something new, and it's always fun to dream. And sometimes, our dreams may be all we have to get us through.

 One tradition I've only recently heard of is taking your empty suitcase for a walk around the block to bring you a year filled with travel. I may give this one a try as I toast the New Year. 

One resolution that I AM putting on my list is to take a fantastic trip this year. I don’t want to wait two years to the next one. I know how selfish that sounds, but travel is oh so addicting! I want to get to Yellowstone and Yosemite one of these days. If I can take one foreign trip and one domestic each year, life would positively be a dream.

 We put those dreams out there, and sometimes it takes a little time to realize them, but they can come true!  I finally got to Yellowstone in 2023 and it was amazing! And this year - I have actual plans for those two trips - one foreign and one domestic!

I hope your dreams come true! May you have a prosperous, dream-fulfilling, happy, New Year!

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