I'm sitting here reflecting on the past year and, of course, thinking about the new year about to come. So much has changed for me this year - a new home in a new city and a new career focus. But I'm no stranger to change and I've embraced it as a friend throughout my life.
I think one of the best parts of my new life here in Texas (other than being close to MDD again!) is this little "blog" that I write. I don't care much for the word "blog" though - it seems too cold of a word for this experience. I think of my writing as a sharing of my life, an expression of ideas, a venue for expressing my passion for all things French, and, to some degree, a revealing of my hopes and dreams. When I hear back from you, when you share a thought or leave a comment, I'm so excited to know that you've been impacted by what I've shared and appreciate what I've written.
In the spirit of the New Year as a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future, I'm thinking about what I'm hoping to change in this new year. I think what I want is pretty basic - I simply want to be in the moment more. I want to fully embrace what I am doing as I do it instead of thinking about the next thing on my agenda. If I am writing, I want to enjoy writing. If I am working on the store, I want to enjoy adding to or modifying something in the store. If I am taking photos, I want to enjoy taking photos. I want to appreciate the opportunities I have in front of me - to experience them fully.
As for the store, YES, it will open this first week of January! I'm thoroughly enjoying unpacking the boxes and unwrapping the individual packages. Each item that I unwrap brings back a memory of a Brocante Market somewhere in France and the thrill of that day's treasure hunt! My hope is that I've purchased little French treasures that will delight other Francophiles and add a little bit of France to their own faux French Chateau. Of course I want the store to be successful, but for me, if I can enjoy more treasure hunts in France, it will be successful enough!
So to you, I thank you for spending a few minutes with me from time to time and reading my posts. I wish for you a Happy New Year filled with all that brings you peace and contentment. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2012!
Bonne Année!, Mitty