As I sit here and ponder the new year ahead (2016), I know I have set clear goals. I am focused and I am determined. When I came across this picture I took in Gettysburg, the first thing I noticed was the reflection. The cannon on the bottom half was a reflection, of the cannon, in the top half. This immediately sent shivers down my spine. At that point, I had to ask myself. What am I reflecting? What do people see when they look at me? Who do I represent? Am I am woman of love, kindness, generosity and compassion? Or am I selfish, rude, disrespectful and arrogant? Do I care about my appearance or how I walk and talk in public? Let’s just say, I am not a pushover. I take no crap – period! But on the other hand, I try to have manners and be polite. But do I always take the time to take the best of care of myself? No! Let’s just say (again) that I have never gone to Walmart in my pajama’s.

Being so busy, I allowed time to take its toll on my overall health and well being. I have learned that nothing is worth killing oneself over. We can set goals which is great. But we cannot follow through or meet them, if we are not able to physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Burn out is very real. Being in the middle aged catagory is a little scary. I have seen good people younger then me pass away pre-maturely. I do not believe anyone should smoke. Our lungs house the air we breathe; our heart pumps the life in our blood. Taking care of ourselves is the most important thing we should do first. Does it make us selfish? Of course not. It makes us responsible.

Setting goals is one thing; meeting them is another! So let’s set the goals with the intent to take care of ourselves first. Take a walk; sit by the ocean; get a manicure; ride a horse; explore new places; climb a tree…whatever kind of peace you can find added with a sense of happiness, do it. Put the world on hold for just a little while. Come back refreshed and with a reflection of a new outlook on life. Those goals will still be there. The important part is making sure you and I will be too!

Till next time,




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