Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

I'd like to say good riddance. But it wasn't the year's fault. All in all, it was an extremely educational year. I know more. I've let go of more.

I've found more.

Goodbye to depression. Junk food. Ice cream. Sugar. And, oh dear lord, goodbye to Coca-Cola and all its relatives.

Goodbye lethargy. Goodbye lack of motivation. Goodbye wallowing. Goodbye fatigue. Goodbye to sleeping nine-ten hours a day.

Goodbye slouchy chair. Goodbye having no money. Goodbye doing without.

Goodbye to feeling awful. Finally.

So in these last few minutes of 2010's lifebreath, I raise my glass.

I toast you 2010.

Here's to the year that launched my writing career, brought me many new friends, gave me back the home I never thought I wanted, and the family I didn't think I had.

Thank you 2010.

For reunions. For sister cousins. For coming home. And for bringing my brother home.

Thank you for unveiling my voice.

And now, five minutes before midnight, I bid you adieu. And will see you, on the morrow, in 2011.

Happy New Year, Olivia J. Herrell


Velvet Over Steel said...

Yep, I can relate to all of your great post. 2010 was a year of learning & growing for me too. An education on so many levels!!

Have a Wonderful, Safe & Very Happy New Year, Olivia!!!

Hugs & Many Blessings for your New Year! ~ Coreen xoxoxo

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Me, too. Learned a lot and glad to say good-bye to a lot. Taking my broom and sweeping 2010 out the door and welcoming in 2011. Happy new year, new hope to you!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

May 2011 bring nothing but happy surprises, Olivia, Roland


Hello to HOPE, without hope life would be dull.


Unknown said...

Happy New Year!
Good luck with your goals and aspirations. 2011 should be amazing for you.
Here's to self-determination ;)

The Words Crafter said...

Oh, well done! *clapping* Fantastic post! It was a difficult year, but it did hold some wonderful gems, hidden under all the muck. I'm so glad you found them.....

Happy. New. Year!

Anne Gallagher said...

Sounds like you had an inspirational year!! Congrats!!

Happy New Year, Olivia!!! Nothing but good things from here on out.

Jules said...

Yes, close the door and get on with 2011! Peace my friend.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jamie Gibbs said...

And a very Happy New Year to you too!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We all go through a year like that - which is good, because we learn.
Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

My precious friend how great it has been to know you this year, weaving in and out of my life and teaching me so much. Love your goodbyes especially to the slouchy chair and the COKE products and all their families, I say goodbye too! Water and Walking will be my Matra for 2011.
Happy New Year and many blessings through the 2011.

Walter Knight said...

No! Don't give up junk food. I usually have all the fast food fine dining establishment wrappers represented in my car. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to glance to the back seat and see a montage of where I've been in 2010. I'm doing good, there are no beer cans in the back seat.

It has been a busy year. Hope all finds you well for 2011.

Arlee Bird said...

I'll drink to that! And not a Coke product (though I'm not going to totally, absolutely give that up).
Here's looking forward to a great 2011 for all of us.


Larry Kollar said...

Bravo! Accomplishments are always to be celebrated, after all, especially if they're that good!

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Coreen, Tricia, Roland, Yvonne, Elaine, WC, Anne and Jules, Jamie, Diane, Becky, Wally, Lee and FAR:

Thank you! For being here. For helping me get through a difficult year AND for helping me to recognize the gems along the way.

Here's to an amazing 2011...for all of us! Olivia

Unknown said...

Dr. O,

much love and gratitude your way...


Andrew Rosenberg said...

Sounds like a helluva year.
I should print this out and make it my goal to post something like it on Dec 31, 2011.
Congrats on all your successes!

Vicki Rocho said...

Helllllooooo 2011! Lots of great things waiting for you in the weeks ahead

Elliot Grace said...'ve indeed unveiled your voice, Olivia, each post fine tuned better still:) You're niche has been found. Feed it well and enjoy the success that comes with it.


Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Lennox! How lovely to see you. Happy 2011!

Andrew, you're the one who got me started on this, so thank you!

Vicki, yes!

El, you really think so?? I'm pondering that, so thank you, thank you for that.


Unknown said...

That's a worthy fare-thee-well for 2010. I hope 2011 brings you all that you wish for and more!

Kimber said...

Happy 2011! This is the year to make all of your dreams come true!

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Tessa, may 2011 be the year of years for you as well. I look forward to getting to know you much better this year!

Kimber, yes we will. Together. Collectively. I love that we have this arena for growth and that we each rise a little higher when we are vulnerable and help our fellow bloggers.

Already the energy feels lighter. I hope that you are all experiencing the fabulous loving energy that 2011 has ushered in.


Kimber Leszczuk. said...

Happy New Year Olivia

Dolly said...

Well I know I am a bit late with this but I loved this post and your positiveness for the new year. Keep climbing. I too have bid a big adieu to The Dep as I call it. After two years of learning and climbing and stubbing my toe I can feel the sunshine at long last. I hope the same for you through creativity and faith.

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