I love decorating for the holiday. But I must say, I also love putting it all away and starting fresh.
I did just that in my writing cottage today. Christmas decorations are now down and packed away. I also sorted through paperwork from 2012 and organized files, piles, etc. I always find it amazing when we do this, how it opens the path for new things to find us. I’m excited to see what 2013 will bring in terms of creativity and where my new book will lead me.
As I went through old files I came across a file I had tucked away of stories, photos, etc. that had been done about Frankie. I had a scrapbook started for her when we began our work together over six years ago, but some of it had piled up for “someday” to be added to her book of memories. Today was that someday. Through a few tears and smiles I placed the last of the photos and stories in her scrapbook. I’ll forever cherish the time and work I did with her. I will count it among some of the happiest times of my life. A blessing I will always be so grateful for.
Frankie is not gone, but forever preserved in my memory and in my heart. And from the journey her and I shared, it is time to move forward on the path that God has in store for me. I don’t like living in the past, and as much as I miss Frankie, I am eager and excited to move into 2013.
Not only does this feel like a new year for me, but it really does feel like a whole new beginning– almost as if the last six years were wrapped up in one as I begin a whole new adventure and period in my life. I don’t know yet what it all holds, but I remind myself to relax, be open, live in the moment… and enjoy the ride. The perfect lessons that Frankie taught me, as well as Kylie and Joie continue to.