Waltzing into the new year 2012

First thing first, once more a reminder for the next two events at the Spring Hill hall:

  • New Year’s Day dance with Bob Turcola
    Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, from 2 – 6 PM
    door opens at noon
  • January Jam Session Dance
    Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, from 4 – 7 PM
    Some great musicians are joining us this time – so you shouldn’t miss out on this event either!
  • See the complete January schedule by clicking on the link below:
    January 2012 schedule 

Since Erik and I weren’t home for Thanksgiving – and ate our turkey dinner at Sterle’s in Cleveland, we decided to make the complete Thanksgiving dinner for Christmas Eve. I started with baking some bread for stuffing. Usually that’s done in advance but this year was so busy that baking my own bread wasn’t the only thing that was left behind due to other priorities.

It was a lot of work but we both very much enjoyed making our special stuffing with cranberries, and chopping and slicing all the ingredients. Erik likes stuffing the best and I’m the biggest fan of my own home-made cranberry sauce. Even though I forgot to cook the gravy, everything turned out great and even Ally finished off all of her sides – on top of a generous portion of turkey meat with bones. I kept the missing gravy mystery for myself and its absence somehow stayed unnoticed.

Chiranian Ally - Photo: Daria

Chiranian Ally - Photo: Daria

When 2010 was ending, I made a whole list of things to accomplish in 2011. I didn’t do the inventory yet but I think most of my new year’s resolutions for this year were fulfilled. For 2012, however, there will be no list of things to pursue.

I am quite happy with pretty much everything in my life so I’ll just concentrate on my writing. No big changes, no quantum leaps, just some logical next steps. Planning for 2012 this way actually feels like a relief.

Wildflowers behind my house - Photo: Daria

Wildflowers behind my house - Photo: Daria

Writing for different media in the past few years was a great experience. I met many new people that way, people who “knew me” before they had a chance to get to talk to me me in person, people who were looking forward to my next article because my writing made their day brighter.

That’s also the biggest reason why I keep sharing my thoughts at several different places. If only one person finds my words uplifting, I feel it is well worth all the hours I spend typing on my computer.

I’ve always been writing. Ever since I can remember. But until recently, I didn’t share what I wrote very often. I preferred to keep my thoughts and feelings to myself. It wasn’t easy for me to open up but I did it gradually and it felt right. As a result, I am smiling a whole lot more these days! 🙂

Cheerful yellow blooms of my Tipu Tipuana tree - Photo: Daria

Cheerful yellow blooms of my Tipu Tipuana tree - Photo: Daria

I wish the same for you in 2012. Follow your heart and do what makes you feel good. When planning big changes, apply them in baby steps.

Sometimes life turns into a roller-coaster and feels completely out of control. That’s why there’s no need to create one on purpose by planning on new year’s resolutions and implementing them overnight. All that hassle just because the date on our calendars has changed.

There’s usually a way to taste the new waters first – before jumping in head on. And I’m happy to see that more and more people agree that life is supposed to be fun – and that we have a choice of making it fun for ourselves first – and consequently for others.

Botanical gardens in winter holiday season - Photo and editing: Daria

Botanical gardens in winter holiday season - Photo and editing: Daria


As the New Year flows in…
May you soar ever higher…
Reach greater heights…
And find happiness in everything you do!
Happy New Year!

From my heart to yours,


About the author


Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

fr. rock - December 30, 2011

Blessed New Year!

    Catherine - December 31, 2011

    Happy New Year to you also. See you tomorrow and hope I have a chance for a dance.

Steve Kroslak Jr - December 31, 2011

Thank you Daria for your wishes,wish you likewise happy New Year !
Your ideas and thoughts are always inspiring ,
All the best,

Lydia Luczynski - December 31, 2011


    Vern & Annabelle - December 31, 2011

    Hope you have a great time tonight and a wonderful year ahead!! health, wealth and happiness!!!!!!

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