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It’s the last day of the year and I have to say one of my favorite times of the year. I always enjoy looking back over the last 12 months at what I accomplished. Pulling those sheets of paper out of the gratitude jar and reminding myself of all the reasons I am certainly grateful.

“It’s important to celebrate the wins, before you look over at what you didn’t get completed…”, that’s what dad would say. As a matter of fact, I’m not very certain we would take the time to look at what we didn’t get completed, because we would be off celebrating the wins. Ha!

We are going into a new year, so I like to pull out a new notebook and add what wasn’t completed to my new list of goals that I want to tackle.

As a little girl, I recall many celebrations, but on one specific New Year’s Eve, I remember staying up with the family and watching the countdown on television. I remember dad pulling out plastic cups and pouring us all sparkling cider. We cheered, wished one another a Happy New Year and hugged each other while the parents kissed. I remember savoring every flavor of that sparkling apple cider that I held in my hand with my pinkie out, because…why not?

On my recent trip to Whole Foods, I bought a bottle of sparkling cider. This time around I have glasses that clank, and while I don’t think I’m going to make it to the countdown, this evening will certainly remind me of the small and intimate celebrations I used to have as a little girl.

Nothing big, nothing elaborate…dad, you’re creating memories. It’s not too late to go grab a bottle of sparkling apple cider.

How will you bring in the new year?


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