Welcome 2018!!! A Fresh New Year gives Freedom and Joy!!!

Original Photography by Julie A. Smith

Welcome 2018!!!  You have been here for almost a week already, and I still find myself writing 2017 constantly when I am writing the date.  So I love how a new year gives a fresh feel to everything and there always feels like so much freedom and joy in it.  Mistakes we have all made can be left in the old year, and a new year is upon us.  On that note, I encourage everyone who reads this to give themselves freedom and license to believe and hope for great things in 2018.  Vision is important, and sometimes I can look to the past and lament (especially with “what might have been” or with my regrets), rather than look to the future with joy and hope.  Let us all  have more hope, joy, peace, faith, and happiness in 2018!!!


New Year, New You (a personal poem)

A new year full of promise and secret dreams.

A new year, a fresh start, and hidden deep waters.

The dazzle of potential is blinding.

The beauty of a clean slate

is liberating,


and causes happiness to permeate

my forlorn melancholy.


Light always shines in the darkness.

Light always is beautiful.

Light always shows the way.


My theory is thus:

I need to learn to make my own decisions

and stop over-analyzing and questioning


My hopes.

My dreams.

My heart.

And I need to safeguard myself from the voices

of those who would make my decisions for me

when that is not their choice,

and they should not be allowed to do so.


It is a new year.

I am a new me.

I want to break free

and go down a new path

(yes, I read that Robert Frost poem)

even if no one will join me.

I hope to find someone on the way,

because I am not meant to always be alone,

and God knows

I would make a horrible nun

(even though Mother Teresa is one of the women

that I admire the most).

Besides, I am not Catholic,

and I think marriage is the epitome of cool.

The world may dismiss it, but I won’t.

Marriage is beautiful.