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2019

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2018 was great, 2018 was full, 2018 was busy, 2018 is almost over …

I see a lot of people make resolutions for the new year. I see people pick a word that they  use to navigate the new year. I am bad at both. I tried the resolution thing and it never worked. I tried to “thrive” in 2018 and even though I have in many ways I did not meet my expectations. I feel that “awaken” fits my 2018 better.

I decided not to do that next year.

So here it goes…

For 2019 I want:

I want to meet more extraordinaire women who raised amazing sons who are now amazing men

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I want to meet more dads who raised strong women. More dads who cry because their baby girl has grown and they are now welcoming a son into the family

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More long life girlfriends who had sleepovers, help, held and raise each other up

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More ‘sisters’ that share inside jokes and sing their wedding speech

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More friends who act like brothers

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More friends who drop their pants at a park in the middle of the day because they are proud of their area code tattoos

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More friends who tattoo your name on their leg and are proud of it 🙂

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More men that are madly in love with their bride. So in love that they would bring the moon to them

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I want to see more brides look at themselves in the mirror and are amazed at the women they have become.

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I want to see more brides enjoy the day they dreamed of for years

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I want to see more new moms fall in love and hold their heart in their arms for the first time

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I want to see more first time parents adore their children

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I want to see more families year after year and catch up on life 🙂

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And of course I want more days at the beach with my babe

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More days at the farm for pony rides

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I want to show my daughter the world and take pictures of her more often ( with a camera not iphone 🙂 )

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I want to see my grandparents and hear more of their stories

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I want to spend more time with my family.

I want 2019 to be full of happy couples and happy families including my own.

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Have a great 2019!

Ela

Trip to China 2013

A hairdresser does not get her hair done every day, the message therapist rarely gets a message and the photographer doesn’t have her picture taken and does not have time to post pictures from her vacation.

After only 5 months I managed to go thru the pictures I took during my trip to China.

I met some extraordinary people and made new friends, Bus B rules :)). I walked thru the Forbidden City and saw The Temple of Heaven. I climbed The Wall of China and got a t’shirt to prove it. I ate not one, but 2 scorpions. I took the subway and walked the streets of Beijing at night and felt safer then in Chicago or Romania. I ate with the locals and listened jazz music in the Hutong.  I learned how to use chop sticks from a Canadian girl ( not a chinese ) and picked up 2 cherry tomatoes at the same time ( if you ever want me to do something just say ” you can’t do that” ). I shopped at the Bazaar in Shanghai and I negotiated the price on chopsticks, fridge magnets, bracelets, you name it :)).  I also did not sleep for 8 days, time zone, ahhhh… I am getting old ( never had a problem till I turned 25 ) and I drank as much Starbucks in China as I do here.

Most importantly I’ve learned to value and appreciate what I have and my family. Parents in Beijing and other large cities are forced to send their kids to leave with the grandparents in villages outside the city because they can not afford to raise them or send them to school, and they rarely see them. The smog is as bad as on tv and the traffic is horrible. Other then that I loved my trip to China and I am looking forward to going back.

I can not wait for my next adventure ( if only I had more free time ).

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