One last thing I wanted to say in 2016 is that this was a momentous year in one respect — I figured out my new power color!
For many years it was probably purple, maybe blue… there was some waffling.
But this year I realized that in this phase of my life, it’s definitely teal… or aqua? Or whatever you call it. I didn’t realize it until after I had my bridesmaids wear it, and surrounded myself with it on several occasions. And realized I have a LOT of it in my wardrobe.
Actually, I think I realized it when I saw Hillary wearing her teal power-suit.
Anyway, it’s a small thing, but in a wacky year, it was nice to have my power color by my side. (Also, at a post-election WriteGirl event at Huntington Gardens I decided that my spirit-plant is a succulent, particularly a colorful aloe. For girl-power/aqua reasons, but also legit I am never hydrated enough… and would love to have inherent healing powers, sure.)
Charlie’s signature color has ALWAYS been red, because he came home from the shelter with a red shirt, collar, leash, and blanket.
Yesterday was his gotcha-versary, and unfortunately thanks to a flare-up of back problems he spent it ailing (again)… sorry, Charlie. It’s been two December 30th’s in a row of boiled chicken and pain meds… better luck next year.
One last last thing, is that two very cool ladies left us this week… mother and daughter, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. They star (respectively) in two of my favorite movies, Singin’ in the Rain and When Harry Met Sally. (My favorite NYE movie, if you’re still looking for one.)
I think of both of them as women who really took life by the horns, and it’s always very sad when women like that depart from our shores. (Also, I love that Carrie Fisher was a script doctor! That’s the type of healer I most resemble… haha.)
Anyway, semi-related, I saw these two quotes from a Tibetan (Buddhist) prayer wheel in a Westways magazine article about a luxury cruise ship (I know, I know), and I thought they could provide some best-life inspiration for the year ahead. I wanted to write them in calligraphy or something, but… maybe next year. (I was busy helping Sam force Charlie to eat and take his meds.)
THERE IS NO ONE LUCKIER THAN HE WHO THINKS HIMSELF SO
YOU WERE GIVEN THIS LIFE BECAUSE YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO LIVE IT
Thanks, AAA. Not only did I learn that I can use you like a DMV this year (PRO-TIP), but also your travel writer gave me some words to live by.
Let’s all hope to be lucky and strong in 2017! We’re gonna need it. (Cue some booze.)
Happy New Year!
*Possibly, the World. (Keepin’ it light!)