Lani: A Fresh Start

31 Dec

Last week, I asked Alastair what “Auld Lang Syne” meant. The kids call him Wikipedia; you can ask him a question about almost anything, and he knows it. Anyway, I thought it was German, but it turns out, it’s old Scots. Most literally, according to the actual Wikipedia, it means “old long since,” but a more accurate and fluid translation is “days gone by.”

2012 had a lot of days in it (well, about the standard amount) and not all of them were good. My year was pretty good, with the exception of Lyle’s death and some very hairy financial times in the early months. I wasn’t here that much, especially in the later months, because my energy went to kids and dogs and Alastair and Jen and Krissie, and the work, and there wasn’t much left when all that energy was spent. As a matter of fact, I spent much of December just snuggled under a blanket and knitting, trying to replenish my stores for the year to come. I’m looking forward to being here more often in 2013 (that’s the plan, anyway) and spending more time ReFabbing myself this year, instead of using all my energy making it from one moment to the next.

So it’s Auld Lang Syne time now. 2012 is days gone by, remembered both fondly and not-so-fondly, and the year ahead is full of new adventures. My wish for all of us is that our lives are more of what we want this year, and less of what we don’t want. That sounds very simple, but it is really what fresh starts are all about. Pursue what you want, be active in that pursuit, and don’t be afraid to change things that aren’t working. We’ll be here cheering you on, as you have cheered us through this year.

Thank you, and here’s to that fresh start! Happy New Year, everyone!

42 Responses to “Lani: A Fresh Start”

  1. KateGeorge December 31, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Happy New Year, refabbers! If you go out tonight please be careful and have a designated driver if you drink. (I nearly lost my brother to a drunk driver. He survived, but was never the same again.)

    Much Love to you all!

    • Chris S. December 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm #


      And thanks for mentioning it.

  2. chris December 31, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Happy New year!!! 2013 is going to be great.

    And Krissie, I love you to pieces and hope you continue this and Lani, I have miised you 🙂

  3. Skye December 31, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Happy New Year’s Eve and a glorious 2013 to all of us.

    Good to see you again, Lani, and I look forward to seeing more of you next year.

  4. robena grant December 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Wishing you, Alastair and your family a wonderful 2013!

    And the same to all of the ReFabbers!

  5. Kelly S. December 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Enjoy today, tonight, tomorrow & may all of next year be filled with laughter, love and life.

  6. Cindy December 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I’m full of hope for 2013. I’m looking forward to more progress on my daughter’s side. I will focus more on me, more exercise, more mani/pedis, more haircuts. And I’ll also make my marriage more of a priority.

    Tonight I’m looking forward to a fun night at home with good friends and good food.

    • Cindy December 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Oh, and have a very happy 2013 everyone!

  7. Terri Osburn December 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Since today is my birthday, I’ve always thought of Auld Lang Syne as my theme song. Now I at least know what the words mean.

    Happy New Year to one and all. I had a good feeling about 2012 this time last year and it far exceeding anything I imagined. Feeling pretty good about 2013 so I hope in another 365 I’ll be able to say the same thing.

    • robena grant December 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Happy, happy birthday, Terri.

    • Robin S. December 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Happy Birthday!

    • Skye December 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Happy, happy birthday Terri! May this be your best year yet!

    • inkgrrl December 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      WOOHOO and Happy Birthday!!

    • pamb January 1, 2013 at 2:34 am #

      Happy, happy, birthday!

      Hope it was a terrific first day of a fabulous year. 🙂

  8. Nan December 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Happy and Blessed New Year to all my ReFab buddies–what pleasure you all bring to each day for this rather hermit-like freelance editor. (I don’t get out much!) Lani, Jenny, and Krissie, special hugs to you as we close out 2012 and anticipate a glorious 2013!

    No resolutions, but rather a determination to make this a bold year full of Nan stuff–like writing and swimming and spending times with good friends. I’m going to learn to drive the boat this year and maybe even get a Nan trip in there–hmmmm…time to get online and see what looks enticing.

    Be safe tonight if you’re out and about and bises galore to you all!

    • Jill December 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Nan, Have you ever been to RWA ?

  9. Brussel Sprout December 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    It’s going to be a very fresh start…weirdly so. Am flying to DC to say goodbye to my dad who is on a life support system which is going to be turned off tomorrow night. Sorry – I didn’t mean to put it so bluntly, but I just got a call from my family in DC a couple of hours ago, and I’m in shock. None of us have spoken for some time, I’ve been estranged from my father for over 8 years. But I need to say goodbye and to see his final journey. I’ve known this was coming for a while – he’s had kidney problems for some years, but it’s still a shock, and I had always hoped that he would be able to get over his anger and shame about our relationship. But I guess not.

    I’m blessed, I have a mother who is amazing, a husband and kids and in-laws and friends who are wonderful and supportive and loving, so this will pass. But I’m looking at the pictures of a 21 year old and wondering how and where and when all that bright promise dissolved into a sad and bitter man who only pushed away those who loved him.

    A kind of different way to how I imagined 2013 would kick off.

    FGBVs to you and yours for a year which can only improve!

    • Robin S. December 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Oh, Brussel Sprout! So, so, sorry you’re starting your New Year this way. {{{HUGS}}} to you and yours.

    • Mary Stella December 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      Big hugs, Brussel Sprout.

    • Lynda December 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      Oh, Brussel Sprout, I’m so very sorry. Love and hugs, and may your father’s passing be peaceful.

    • carolc December 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      I’m so sorry, Brussel Sprout. {{hugs}}

    • Chris S. December 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      Wow. I’m sorry. May your fresh start bring you strength and peace, too.

    • Louise December 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      Sorry to hear about your Dad. {{{Hugs}}} flying your way.

    • Jill December 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Have a safe trip with as little emotional trauma as is possible . {{{Sprout}}}

    • inkgrrl December 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      Hugs and love and traveling mercies.

    • robena grant December 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      That must be so hard to do, Brussell. Big hugs to you and to your family. And take some well deserved comfort in knowing that you are doing the right thing. I wish you a safe trip, strength, and peace.

    • Office Wench Cherry December 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Brussel Sprout, I’m so sorry to hear that. It’s never easy to lose a parent, even one you are estranged from. I’m glad you have a good support network to help you through everything.

    • pamb January 1, 2013 at 2:35 am #

      I hope the trip brings you healing and peace. Hugs!

    • Lani January 1, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Oh, Sprout, I’m so sorry. Thoughts and prayers with you. Check in when you get back and holler if you need some holding up.

    • Maine Betty January 1, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Hugs to you, Sprout.

    • juliet January 1, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      {{{Big Hugs}}} Wishing you and your family peace at this terrible time.

  10. Mary Stella December 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Happy New Year, Lani, Alastair, Sweetness, Light, Krissie, Richie, Jenny, Mollie, all of the furry ones, and all of the Refabbers.

    No matter where each of us is in our personal journeys, we’re all freaking Fabulous!

    • Mary Stella December 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      Ack, Jenny, I spaced on your grandkids, but HNY to all of them too! 🙂

  11. Robin S. December 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Happy New Year to everyone!

    As I wrap up this year I give thanks to one and all here on this blog. This community helped me get through this year. It made me rethink a lot of things going on in my life and how I was handling it and that change is always possible.

    Here’s to a bright and brilliant 2013!

  12. carolc December 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Happy New Year to everyone! And may 2013 bring much joy to all of us.

  13. Louise December 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Happy New Year everyone. Keep safe and healthy. 🙂

  14. inkgrrl December 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Happiest Happy New Year and Bright Blessings on all of you!

  15. Eileen A-W December 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Happy New Year to all refabbers. I’ve learned a lot this year from this blog about many of you & myself. Hugs to all who need. Make sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you as life can be too short.

  16. Micki January 1, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    (-: It’s been a good year so far from this side of the world. Here’s hoping the next 364 are great!

  17. Sure Thing January 1, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    I’m really loving how this New Year is turning out to be. Based on comparison, posted at Argh, it really is about all the good in the present. And that is the true gift. (I’m gonna say it – “see what I did there?”)

    Happy New Year, you darling people, you.

  18. Sure Thing January 2, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Brussel sprout – (((((Hug))))).

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