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Continuous Improvement- December

Every Friday, I write a little “ditty” on my Facebook page. I have been doing it now for a little over six years. I don’t dare miss it. People will send messages, looking for their morning read.

I’d like to post it here because someone told me the whole world needs to read this. Of course, that’s not true…and word press is not the “whole world,” but it’s a small corner of the world that makes me happy.

Merry Christmas to all. Or Merry / Happy (fill in the blank)- Christmas is merely my “jam.”

Friday Rambling…

This week, I’ve seen that the Facebook 2018 compilation videos have come out.

This was a big year for so many: weddings, surgeries, babies, retirement, grand-babies, new relationships, vacations, losing loved ones, job changes, new homes, etc. And some have had more than one big life event.

Of all those listed above, I’ve experienced 4 this year. Admittedly, I rarely take pictures of things I’m doing, places I’m visiting or food I’m about to eat. It just doesn’t occur to me to do that.

The things that we can’t take pictures of…that’s what interests me. Did we become more / less patient this year? Have we been kind to each other? Have we learned to be more selfless, less prideful or spread joy?

Maybe you’ve stopped taking crap from people, learned to stand up for the right stuff. Have you become more honest with others or stopped gossiping? Used your words for positive things? Decided to be more helpful?

If you’re up for it, share below a way that you have changed for the better. What is 2019 going to see from you that 2018 may have missed?

I’ll start- after a few years of much sorrow and difficulty, 2019 is going to see a more joyful me. My spirit has been refreshed in 2018 and I feel like I might be “back.”

Please share with me your 2018 journey to being better. It will give me even more joys to count.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!! I love you!

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy




These last couple of months have found me to be a little fussy.

I’ve lost a dear Aunt, a couple of unfortunate things happened at work, my writing output has been patchy, my home has been in disarray…I needn’t go on.

But, here you are November. I’m expecting bigger and better things from you.

This is the thankful month, so I’m going to quit being such a whiner, smack myself around a bit and start paying attention to all the positives.

My Aunt passed away, but what a lucky girl and woman I was to have her in my life as long as I did! Work can be a pain, but more things go right than wrong. And as bad as everyone talks about my boss (oh, the backstabbing)- I really like and appreciate the guy (no, I’m not sucking up- he won’t read this). My writing has been less than ideal, but I’m also trying to work on three projects at once, which makes any progress seem slow. My home has been unkempt, but how grateful am I that I have a place to call home and to invite others in? (You know, when it’s not messy).

I feel better already.

It can be difficult at times to be appreciative of circumstances. But, I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a day that I’ve drawn a breath where there wasn’t something to be thankful for…something to celebrate. It’s all dependent on which direction I choose to look.

Here’s hoping, this month, we all find the strength to look in the right direction…


“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.”
– Elie Wiesel