Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays

I would like to wish everyone who visits and reads Smoke & Ochre a fabulous and happy holiday season and everything of the best for the New Year. Thanks for the comments, emails and support I've received this past year. You have made me happy!

This post is my Christmas "gift" to you all - although it may seem a bit strange, and cliched,and off topic, it's meant from my heart. I'm writing this from my perspective and experience. I find that in my life, and most of my friends, we are often too hard on ourselves. While we try to be kind and accomodating to those around us, we are unkind to ourselves, we put ourselves down, we lack confidence in our abilities, we ignore our inner intuition. We try and live up to to an unrealistic ideal of perfection and an idea of what perfect beauty is. We compare ourselves unfavourably with all the beautiful people in magazines and on TV and we feel inadequate.

This is what I wish for myself in 2008, and what I wish for all of you (if it applies).

To believe in myself more
To stop being afraid and go for my dreams and believe I can do it
To stop putting myself down
To be a little more daring and take more chances
To embrace myself and hold myself with warmth, love and kindness
To be present and real and loving in all my important relationships, but without letting anyone walk all over me or take advantage of me in a way I'm not comfortable with.
To be honest with myself about my feelings
To express how I feel to others in a constructive way
To be grateful for my blessings and all the good stuff in my life.

To put things in their proper perspective and keep it real.

I wish for all of you a New Year of new beginnings and positive, hopeful energy.

(Christmas pic from Flickr, celeb pics from Celebrity Desktop)


corine @ Hidden In France said...

This is a wonderful post. In reality your list is the only kind of list that truly matters. I might have some thinking to do now...
The photographs are a riot. Have a lovely holiday, and thank you for blogging. I never miss your posts.

a. said...

Merry Christmas B!

The Seeker said...

What a great post.
Hope you had a very merry xmas, and that you and all of us can achive what you wish for 2008.
Happy Holidays!!

Scrappy Jessi said...

excellant post!!!
i sure do feel allot of those things!
we are all human after all!
have a great new years!

Jessie Cacciola said...

Happy Holidays and a fabulous new yr to you as well =)
- Jessie -

Bhavna said...

Beautiful thoughts Bronwyn...and i love the pictures...really helps put things in perspective ;-)

kat said...

Hi Bronwyn.
GREAT post about resolutions.
Hope you don't mind I've 'tagged' you so visit my blog for the details... and if you've done this before, please share another 7 things anyway! Happy New Year to you.

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Bronwyn - I like making you happy!! That's why I leave comments on your blog - as well as liking your great finds :-) :-) :-)

Virtual hugs t you and hope that you achieve your goals and list this year :-)

Bronwyn said...

Thank you all so much for your good wishes and encouraging comments. You guys absolutely rock!!!!