Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

It's that magical time of the year when people around the world celebrate a very special thing.  That thing is different for different people.  No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Yule, Solstice, Kwanzaa, or something else, it's a time to put those differences aside and focus on that which is really important.

For me, my family, my children are what drives this holiday for me, and truly makes it memorable.  The looks on their faces when they eat some of their favorite foods, and open gifts that they truly want makes every trial and tribulation I might have faced during the year fade away.

I hope you find something special in this season as well, and that you realize how wonderful you are!  Every day is a new day, and a new year is upon us.  Do that thing you've always wanted to do but have many excuses for why you haven't.  Call that person you've been thinking about, but haven't made the time for.  Go somewhere different, and make it a special event.

There's no time like the present to be thankful for what you have, and to remember that what's in the past cannot be changed so to look forward.  Have a wonderful, amazing day, and a wonderful, amazing life from this moment forward.

With fondness,

H.A. Larson

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Introspective

Instead of waiting until the new year to talk about how thankful I am, I decided that I'd like to do that now.

It's definitely been a great year.  I've accomplished many things, things I never would have thought were even possible a mere few years ago.  I quit smoking at the beginning of the year, I wrote all of the 2014 editorials for the magazine I write for, I published my first book, I took a dream trip to Ireland for a week, and I got to see one of my favorite bands in concert (and took my teenage son with as well).  I've started on my second book, and I'm excited by how much I've improved since the first one.  I've seen how much I've grown and changed all while strengthening my bonds with my kids, my family, my friends, and even with my acquaintances. 

To be sure, there were a few lows, but I'm not one to lay down and cry about my woes.  In this world, the only way to move forward and achieve your dreams are to just do them.  That's where I am.  I used to be afraid to attempt things, or try to do things because I was most afraid of rejection.  I hated saying 'no' and I didn't always have the best of self-esteem, but this year...that has all changed.  I don't worry about how people view me anymore, I only worry about how I view myself.  I have nowhere to go but up, and for the first time in my life, I'm dreaming big.

I'm so grateful and thankful for all that 2014 has brought me, and I'm looking forward to all the great things to come.  I hope and wish for you peace within yourself and peace without.  

Much love,

H.A. Larson