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I’ve always loved lists.  So it’s only appropriate that I start a new entry with a list of what I’ve been up to.

~It’s been 366 days since my last entry

~I’ve changed my blog and intent in life (more on that in another post)

~I’m a completely different person and am enjoying discovering little thing about myself such as:

I’m a sucker for sheep skin and sherpa fabric

I’m attracted to shiny things (I always thought my spirit bird was a pelican, not a crow!)

I think I was born too late and/or live in the wrong country.  I adore Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Ella and Etta, and Jazz (Miles is a favorite), wish people were courteous to each to each other, and am envious of countries like the Netherlands and their bicycling way of life, and Sweden’s environmental awareness.

I can’t change the world, but can change my world.  Mindful living is essential to me and I want to share my experiences of living a near zero waste lifestyle.

I’ve completed a half marathon!  Charlie would be amazed!

Creating is key to my happiness.  Hopefully that will one day include photography.  In the meantime, I’ve enjoyed painting and writing poetry.

I still miss Charlie every day, and hope he is proud of me.

So there you have it.  My life is completely different now that I’m on my own.  Sure, I still worry at times about living on one income and my surviving my olden days, but I’m happy.  I have Eleanor and Elliot to entertain me and share my life with, great friends, and a heart full of hope and discovery.  And who know’s what the future holds?

The one thing that I’m certain of, is that time is so precious.  I’m challenging myself to live boldly and without compromise.  I choose to be happy and to live my life on my terms.  When I fall, I will get up.  When I succeed, I will be grateful to the One who is my strength.  When I am afraid, I will remember I am a warrior.  And when my life ends, I will know it was lived.

Hello.  My name is Kelly and this is my life. And I’m just getting started.