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Thursday, December 30, 2010


As we say goodbye to 2010 and prepare to say hello to 2011, I am filled with gratitude for all that I have learned in the past year about kindness, patience, compassion, equanimity, trust, courage, love and friendship. It has been a year of living through illness, but more importantly a year of tremendous healing. Many of you have shared your stories with me, your struggles and your joys here on my blog (and yours) and through personal emails. I feel humbled and inspired by your  tender, beautiful souls. If I had to choose one word that carries me from 2010 into 2011 it would have to be "CONNECTED." I have connected with new friends in the past year through this blog, re-connected with old friends via facebook, and make daily connections with those of you in my life here at home.  Thank you everyone for your continued support and lovingkindness toward my family and me. I wish for you all a New Year rich with blessings, gentleness and all that you need to continue to shine your brilliance into the world.

Namaste and gentle steps,

Goodbye 2010

Hello 2011

ps. if I don't respond to your comments quickly...I had an infusion today (thursday) so I'm still kind of in sleepy head mode:)

pps. this post just won the Everyday Goddess Award! Thanks Elise...what a lovely way to end and begin the New Year!


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  1. Marvelous post for the day, Laura! Wonderful captures and lovely skies! Wishing you a very Happy New Year with all the joy you deserve!


  2. So well said Laura, always appreciate your posts that claim the beauty in every day quiet moments. Have a great new year.

  3. Beautiful photos. Best wishes for a blessed New Year.

  4. "Connected"... I'm grateful that we have connected as I cherish your wise words from a wise soul...

  5. "I wish for you all a New Year rich with blessings, gentleness and all that you need to continue to shine your brilliance into the world."

    I couldn't have said it better, other than to say I wish the same for you.

  6. I have been spending the past week reflecting on this past year...all that I have learned and gained through the lessons..even the painful one's or the one's I fought against...:) I cannot help but be grateful for all of word going into 2010 was confidence...I remember putting that word out to the universe as the year began...I can confidently say that I am much more confident today then I was then...still have not arrived...still have confidence to gain...I have been pondering on what my word for 2011 will be...what is it that I seek for this coming year? Today I've been laying it out there...trying to be quiet and just listen...I count myself blessed to have met you this year...I count you as one of the gifts that came to me in 2010...thank you for being that shining bright light to me...bless you and yours as 2011 comes...may you be exactly where you are suppose to be. Happy New year Laura...((((Laura)))

  7. Wow, your post reflects so well my own thoughts and experiences from the year that is coming to an end! And you put it so well!
    My husband has been treated, successfully so far, for leukemia, and in living with and through this, gratitude has been a huge part of my life. Gratitude to his sister who donated stem cells and to our friends all over the world who have lifted us up through prayer, positive thoughts and energy. We have seen how powerfully the mind can influence the body, and how this has influenced the healing process.
    I have also thought of "connected" as a key word. Like you, I have found new friends, and reconnected with old ones through facebook and blogging, and for this I am extremely grateful. Having been more or less "stuck" at the hospital and later at home, I have loved my computer "because my friends live in it" :-))
    I have blogged about our journey since my husband was admitted to hospital in August, and through treatment and healing here:
    if you should be at all interested, no obligation :-)

    Your skywatch photos are so beautiful, I especially love the first one, where the dramatic grey fades into the gold.

    I wish you too a new year full of love, blessing and healing!

    Hugs :-)

  8. Thank YOU, Laura.

    I wish you the brightest and most beautiful 2011!

  9. Beautiful words to say good bye and hello to these years we are going through.
    I wish the best for that new dawn...


  10. Lovely words!

    Thanks Laura for sharing with us your beautiful heart, you are a great inspiration.

    Whishing you a wonderful 2011!!



  11. Beautiful skies and words. Happy New Year.

  12. Thanks you Laura for sharing you.r inspiring story so openly with all of us and giving us all hope! I wish you and your family all the best for 2011

  13. Hi Laura! I'm wishing you a very happy and healthy new year, my sweet friend. All of the beautiful words from your gentle, caring spirit have delighted my heart!

  14. Excellent two shots.
    I like the goodbye/ hello aspect of it.
    Thats a lot of worthwhile things to have learn't though i suspect such virtues you already knew.

  15. Lovely photos. May 2011 be a wonderful year for you.

  16. The pictures of the sky are beautiful.

    Thank you for visiting My Reading Corner, and for your nice comment.

  17. Connected...such a beautiful word. It's been a blessing getting to know you in 2010. I look forward to all the goodness this new year brings. Yes there will be lessons, journeys...and through "connection" with good people and the universe...we will soar.


  18. A beautiful post. I wish you nothing but good for 2011 - good health, peace, contentment, and the energy to enjoy them all.

    My photography is available for purchase - visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

  19. Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
    thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work

    Thanks for your visits and comments in the past Year.
    I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year.

    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch on WordPress

    Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 25

  20. Happy New Year, Laura! I always enjoy your creative and inspiring posts. Gorgeous sky images!

  21. Wonderful skywatch photos. It is great to feel connected. I wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy New years.

  22. Those are very nice sky pictures ... I wish you a happy New Year in my turn ... thank you for being a regular visitor to my blog and thank you for your many inspiring thoughts !!

  23. thank you! health and happiness i wish for you this coming year.

  24. Hey, just you rest up! Here's hoping for a wonderful 2011, Happy new Year to you & yours ;)

  25. Fantastic sky photos as always, Laura. Great post.

    Happy New Year!

  26. Love the sun spots! Great misty photos!

  27. Beautiful words, image and over the miles I send continued healing thoughts and my love.

  28. blessings of light, wellness, and love in the new year Laura. So very grateful for your presence in my life, my friend! love and hugs, Karin

  29. I'm loving your website. You are a true inspiration and though your profile photo in the comments on other blogs has caught my eye, this is my first visit here and I'm happy I've walked through the door. First, I love your profile photo! And your skywatch photos are glorious. I love that you've chosen to contrast the goodbye/hello, and both are stunning with the light. And...your hello photo expresses wide open arms, which is beautiful. I'll be coming back on return visits. So happy to have met you. I hope your coming new year is healthful and full of light, love, and peace. Namaste.

  30. Wishing you health and healing in 2011, Laura.

  31. Laura, Happy New Year dear soul friend. Yes, what a year it has been for you and for so many of us! I love your word and will borrow it - Connected - it perfectly describes my year too. Such bounty meeting so many wonderful new people with beautiful hearts. You! My version of this word might be "plugged in." Especially to the Sacred. Love you bunches! J

  32. Very beautiful! I gave you one of my weekly awards which you can collect if you like.

    Happy 2011!

  33. It's been such a great pleasure and honour to visit your blog, read your beautiful words and learn from you,Laura.
    Thank you so much!
    Let me wish you much love, beauty, health and wisdom in New Year!

  34. Hi Laura, beautiul inspiring post! Wishing you many beautiful blessings in the new year..and may there be many divine sparkles dancing with you throughout the year!
    Shine on!

  35. Such a beautiful word to use to end one year and begin the next: connections.

    I feel so blessed to have connected with you in 2010. It will make 2011 just that much richer for me.

    Happy New Year and love to you.

  36. Truly one of the gifts of this year has been connecting with you, dear Laura, friend and teacher. Things often happen in my day that bring you to mind, such as this,from an email: "...whilst in the pursuit of a grand and wonderful dream, should you all of a sudden round a bend and see before you an enormous uncharted mountain with towering cliffs, jagged rocks, and seemingly impenetrable walls, just consider it a sign that your dream is considerably more worthwhile than you had previously imagined, and that you are exactly where you're supposed to be." Life may present towering cliffs and jagged rocks, but we are provided with what we need to receive and achieve. Happy blessings to you!

  37. dear Laura

    One of the most important thing it happened in my life in 2010 was to meet(find) YOUcause I learned more about how I can be patient..

    LOVE U

  38. Namaste Laura and may 2011 bring you many blessings x

  39. Wishing you and yours all the best in the up and coming new year!

  40. Laura,

    Thank you for reminding me again of the connectivity which exists among all of us beings and holds us in warm embrace, even when we are not aware. Your generosity and your ability to share your experiences of art, life, & illness combine to form the essence of what I understand healing to be.
    Wishing you a new year of continued loving-kindness.

  41. Your neurons may have lost their myelin, but your heart connections are still vibrantly ALIVE.

    May you always feel connected.

  42. I am so glad that we have continued to "connect". I am thankful for you...and our sisterhood. Wondrous blessings to you and yours...and to a bright 2011!

  43. I wish the same for you, Laura.

    Happy New Year ~

  44. Laura, I wish you health and spiritual abundance, joy, peace etc... Wish I could bundle all good things in a package and deliver it to you.

  45. You bring such light into the world, both with your words and with your unsinkable spirit. I feel so blessed to know you and look forward to a new year of connection. Blessings to you and your family, dear one.

  46. Connected, such a beautiful word and way to be. Connected to life, to others and to our self. Perfect way to be. All the best to you in this New Year, Laura ~ xx


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