Out with old, in with the new



Well, here it is folks….the ending of an old year and the beginning of a new.

Tonight at the stroke of midnight, we will be entering the year 2011.

Can you believe it? I mean where the hell did 2010 go? I feel like I just finished writing this post last year, and here it is next year!

2010 wasn’t at all a bad year for me, but it did have its challenges.

My work hours being cut.

Two major dental issues.

Financial struggles and uncertainties.

Four sudden deaths of family members of close people I work with.

I realize I may think differently than most people, but I don’t believe anything that happens to me, happens by accident. Therefore, even the challenges I’ve experienced this year have taught me lessons, made me more resilient, and also made me lose more of the need to control my life. Everything I learned this year carries over into 2011, and prepares me to live what has yet to come.

I’m not one to set goals for the year because my goals will forever change and shift like the wind. Instead, I try to consciously stay in tuned to my inner voice and allow it to take me where I need to go. I follow my life, I don’t navigate my life to follow me.

And this works for me, because it teaches me what I’ve come here to learn.

To surrender.

And allow myself to be created through.

Which sometimes means having to experience challenges, yet learning how to use those challenges to experience the life I am meant to live.

So if I truly believe this for myself, which I do, I must also trust that my life is going exactly as planned.

With no bad years.

Only challenging ones.

So, thank you 2010 for all that you taught me. It was a challenging year, but a year also filled with wonderful adventures, self-discovery, new friendships, and immense joy and humor.

I have a lot to be grateful for.

I would like to take this time to thank all of you for being here with me this past year and sharing your lives. It was freakin’ faaaaaabulous!

And remember something….a new year means shedding ourselves of regrets, failures and mistakes, because really, there are no such things.

As long as you learned something.

There's just a nude year……..




Wishing you a FABU weekend everyone!

X

45 comments

  1. awww, you have going all cozy inside just by reading the passage! it is so true, there are no regrets. in fact, we have no time, no space to be reserved for regrets! it's all about living Now, living every moment to its fullest. else it would be such a waste to be alive, breathing, n free! it has been a challenging year for me too, i don't believe anyone could have everything come easily for them. if there is, lucky them, n i do hope they cherish having a "normal" life. we asked so much yet failed to see what we already have! we have all the Love we need already!

    yiiks, you had me really excited there. :p again, it's never too little to wish you all the Happiness in the world! n great adventures to come!

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  2. This post really lifted me up... So much wisdom.

    I have sometimes difficulty to stand still. To surrender. To calm down. Because I want to do it all. Go places. Touch people. But too much is too much too. So I am learning to surrender.

    Champagne Sweet New Year dear Ron!

    I love having you as a blog friend. Very much so. You are the fizz in my glass of bubbly. Your kind words inspire and touch me, profoundly.

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  3. I so agree with your philosophy on life Ron. Everything that happens to us is by design and intended as a lesson for us - therefore there is no reason for regrets only realisation of what we have learned.

    I have so enjoyed another year of your friendship and I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2011 and I look forward to sharing it with you my friend.

    Much love and Reiki blessings to you. x

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  4. 'I follow my life, I don’t navigate my life to follow me'

    Well done, you. Coping with life that way means fewer disappointments. I've had setbacks this year but I will definitely go out smiling. Wishing you a really happy new year and thanks for your continued support in the blogging arena {{{Ron}}}

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  5. Yup--I'm with ya.
    Dunno if that's a Libra thing--or something that comes with the lessons. Though I know folks who keep getting the lessons and don't seem to embrace what's being given them. (NOT that I always embrace it with great enthusiasm!) I just know that today, I'm clear it's about opening doors and growth opportunities....and awakenings. (even when I'm not necessarily wanting those cuz I'm comfy--which is probably why I oughta stop that 'Comfort me when I'm disturbed and disturb me when I'm comfortable' prayer, huh?)

    All I know is I'm along for the ride. And while I don't always find the twists and turns comfy, it really has been one heck of a ride!

    (((((((((( Ron )))))))))))

    Love and joy come to you in the New Year.
    More of it--cuz it's already there, dontchaknow.

    (((((((((((( Ron ))))))))))))))

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  6. ...Well, let me add that YOU are freakin’ faaaaaabulous too!

    ..."Happy Nude Year", you kill me. In a good way...*giggle*snort* ;o)

    ...I love you dear. :o)

    ...Wishing you & yours a New Year FILLED with love, laughter, prosperity and joy!

    ...Many, many blessings to you...

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  7. Good Morning Levian~

    Reading your post last night got ME really excited because you shared/expressed the same things too.

    And your comment here now, shared even more of the same....

    "we have no time, no space to be reserved for regrets! it's all about living Now, living every moment to its fullest. else it would be such a waste to be alive, breathing, n free!"

    That has always been one of my challenges - living NOW, in the moment - therefore, I know it's the way I'm suppose to live.

    And you're right....I don't believe anyone could have everything come easily for them. What's the point?

    "we asked so much yet failed to see what we already have! we have all the Love we need already!"

    Amen! And living in moment, shows me that.

    Thank you so much for sharing your enlightening comment, Levian! For someone so young, you have amazing knowledge.

    Thanks for sharing it!

    Wishing you Happy New Year, filled with much happiness and adventure!

    Blessings!

    X

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  8. I SO agree with you. It all happens for a reason and even if it was something that was "bad" then we probably learned from it and therefore it ended up good.

    Thanks for your fabulous friendship my dear friend and here's hoping 2011 is your best year yet!

    Much love and hugs and kisses!
    Peg

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  9. Bonjour Susu~

    "I have sometimes difficulty to stand still. To surrender. To calm down. Because I want to do it all. Go places. Touch people. But too much is too much too. So I am learning to surrender."

    Me too! My natural tendency is to be a DOER, however I've learned the value in surrending to my life. And that's not to say I don't take action, I do, yet I try to 'listen' for when the time is right. I've discovered great power in surrendering.

    It works for me.

    I love having you as a blog friend too. You light up this world with your sweet and beautiful spirit!

    I'm so glad we met this year! Thank you!

    Happy New Year, Susu!

    Cheers and bubbly!

    X

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  10. Good Morning Akelamalu~

    " Everything that happens to us is by design and intended as a lesson for us - therefore there is no reason for regrets only realisation of what we have learned."

    ....only the realization of what we have learned.

    You said it, m'dear!

    And being someone who also practices Reiki, I know you'll understand when I say that Reiki has taught me that!

    Thank you for being a longtime and loyal blogging friend. OMG, can you believe it's been almost FIVE years now?

    And it's been an absolute joy!

    ((( Akelamalu ))))

    I look forward to 2011 and sharing it with you!

    Much love and Reiki blessings to you!

    Happy Nude Year!

    X

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  11. Good Morning Valerie~

    "Coping with life that way means fewer disappointments."

    Exactly! And even when there are disappointments, the disappointments are only within my own head.

    It's all as it should be.

    "I've had setbacks this year but I will definitely go out smiling.'

    You GO, girl!

    Dear lady, it's been an honor, joy, and delight getting to meet you this past year!

    You're a GEM!

    Thank you for sharing your amazing writing talent. I so enjoy reading your stories each week!

    Happy Nude Year, Valerie!

    {{{ Valerie }}}}

    X

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  12. Gooood Morning Mel~

    "Dunno if that's a Libra thing--or something that comes with the lessons."

    Think it's most likely a bit of both.

    And me too....I don't always embrace it with great enthusiasm. You know 'us' Libras, we can be VERY stubborn; wanting things our way because it's comfortable. Which is WHY we probably NEED to live this way. To surrender to what is, and grow.

    "--which is probably why I oughta stop that 'Comfort me when I'm disturbed and disturb me when I'm comfortable' prayer, huh?"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I know EXACTLY what you mean, Mel!!!!

    "All I know is I'm along for the ride. And while I don't always find the twists and turns comfy, it really has been one heck of a ride!"

    You GO, Mel!!!!!!

    Thank you for being a big part of my journey, dear lady. Your words of wisdom and humor on your blog always touch me at exactly the right moment!

    ((((((( Mel ))))))))

    Happy Nude Year!

    X to you, the bug, and himself!

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  13. Good Morning TJ~

    I hope you know just HOW MUCH I cherish your presence here.

    You're a little angel who pops in and always leaves a heavenly gift.

    Love.

    Thank you soooooo much for being here, dear lady! It's been freakin' awesome knowing you!

    Wishing you a Happy and Joyous Nude New!

    Many, many blessings to you too....

    (((( TJ )))))

    X ya!

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  14. Good Morning Peg~

    "It all happens for a reason and even if it was something that was "bad" then we probably learned from it and therefore it ended up good."

    Yup...exactly! It's all good!

    Thank you for being here and sharing this year, dear friend! I look forward to the next year!

    I can't tell you how GREAT it was to meet you and hubby in person. It was a highlight of 2010!

    Happy Nude Year to you and your family!

    ((( Peg )))

    XOXOXOX

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  15. Amen Ron, Everything does happen for a reason and we have to be smart enough to see this, good things happen that make us smile and bad things happen to give us a reason to smile, because without the bad the good would be boring, learning from the bad is what it is all about my Friend.

    The friendships that I have formed over the last year has been a huge blessing to me and I thank you Ron for becoming a member of our family, because with you, next year is going to be even more Freaking Fabulous than last year was.

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  16. Ah Ron! You always turn the things that could be negative into positives. You are positively FABULOUS! Happy New year & may 2011 be the best ever for us all! (((HUGS))) Love the "Nude Year"!

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  17. my dear friend,
    these words,
    "I follow my life, I don’t navigate my life to follow me."
    are full of insight and wisdom--truly words to live by...thank you for being in my life this year and the one before that too, strange is this medium and yet, i feel closer to you than many i know in my 'real' life... i hope for you only good things in this coming year, things that help you grow, teach you what you need, bring you what you want in life, i hope for you love and laughter, few tears excepting the good kind, and everything that big heart of yours desires....i love you, dear friend, always have and always will and so, we will proceed to another year of friendship through this funny medium, and without even thinking about how or why, grow closer -- that is my wish for us in the coming year. xoxox
    {{{{{{Ron}}}}}}} and darling, thank you for everything you do for me in sharing your energies with me.... who knows where i'd be without it! i just sent a little back to you so did you feel that tingle? ah, good... ;)

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  18. Howdy Jimmy~

    "good things happen that make us smile and bad things happen to give us a reason to smile, because without the bad the good would be boring, learning from the bad is what it is all about."

    I LOVE HOW YOU SAID THAT!!!!!!!!

    And you're sooooooooooooooo right, Jimmy....learning from the bad is what it is all about.

    Thank you so much for your friendship; always sharing your humor, insight, and awesome postitive energy. Your blog has been such a highlight for me this year. I'm so freakin' glad to have met you.

    And Cindy too!

    Looking forward to sharing 2011 with you!

    Happy New Year, my friend!

    Cheers!

    X to you and Cindy!

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  19. Helloooooo Collette~

    I'm so glad that you have returned to blogging, dear lady! You've been missed!

    Looking forward to sharing with you next year!

    Happy New Year and may 2011 be the best ever for us all!

    Ditto...and Amen!

    (((( Collette )))))

    Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your evening!

    X

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  20. Good Evening Linda~

    Awwww....thank you soooo much for your sweet words, dear lady!

    And may I DITTO them all back to YOU!

    "thank you for being in my life this year and the one before that too, strange is this medium and yet, i feel closer to you than many i know in my 'real' life..."

    I know exactly what you mean because I feel the same way. Funny how this medium brings people together so closely. I think it's because it goes beyond the physical....using the energy of our words to connect us. There is great power in words/energy.

    It's been so great getting to grow with you throughout these past two years (I think it may even be three years). Not only through your comments, but also through the art, photos, and words you share on your lovely blog. You are a perfect example of living with challenging experiences, yet always seeing the lessons, enlightenment, and humor in them. I so admire you for putting it all out there and staying true to your voice.

    You're a teacher!

    Love ya, dear friend!

    Wishing you a new year of bright blessings and much love!

    (((( Linda ))))

    And yes, I DO feel the energy you send back, and appreciate it muchly!

    Happy New Year to you and hubby!

    xoxoxooxoxoxox

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  21. I follow my life, I don’t navigate my life to follow me...love this! Learning lessons as we go through life is living like we should. great post.

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  22. Hey Suzicate~

    "Learning lessons as we go through life is living like we should."

    I sooooooo agree! That's why I don't believe in regrets, failures, or mistakes.

    Thanks for stopping by, Suzi!

    Wish you and your family a Happy and Blessed New Year!

    X

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  23. I think I need to travel to the trashtops of Philly to study with you, as the Beatles did with the Maharashi

    All I can come up with for 2010 is 'fuck you 2010 and the horse you rode in on'

    I am still battling the crud so I know I'll be more spiritual once I can breathe again
    It's so tiresome to stay alive and alert when you can't breathe

    The news said NY is having a flu outbreak and I was in NY last week and NY came here last week and well ... coincidence? :)

    Happy New Year sugar
    Hope says 'Mwah'
    I'd kiss ya too but I'm as infectious as a spider monkey

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  24. Hey Lady Dianne~

    "I think I need to travel to the trashtops of Philly to study with you, as the Beatles did with the Maharashi

    All I can come up with for 2010 is 'fuck you 2010 and the horse you rode in on'"

    Bwhahahhahahahahhahahahaha!
    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    OMG...I LOVE YOU, WOMAN! YOU. ARE. THE. BEST!

    So sorry to hear about the crud. I do hope you're feeling better soon. OMG, I can't believe that about NY and the flu outbreak because I'm planning a day trip there on Monday!!! Oh well, I'll double up on my dosage of vitamins and hope for the best!

    HAPPY NUDE YEAR! Wishing you a 2011 filled with health, prosperity, and tons of love!

    Thank you so much for your friendship. It is so cherished!

    X to you and the gang!

    Mwah to Hope!

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  25. You're so right. Each experience we live through makes us who we are. The more we allow into our lives, good times and tough times, the more we learn and grow. We need to experience them both.

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  26. I've never wanted to play with Barbies so badly...

    LOL. I like how you describe your year as "challenging" rather than bad. That's a great attitude to carry forth into 2011. I hope this year is less challenging for you and far more rewarding!

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  27. Hey Babs~

    "Each experience we live through makes us who we are. The more we allow into our lives, good times and tough times, the more we learn and grow. We need to experience them both."

    OMG...I couldn't have said that any better. Excellent way to look at life, Babs!

    And you're so right on!

    It's been FAB getting to know you in 2010. I look forward to more in 2011!

    Happy New Year!!!

    Cheers!

    X

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  28. Howdy Mark~

    "I've never wanted to play with Barbies so badly..."

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! HILARIOUS!!!!

    It was a bitch getting Barbie and Ken to take their clothes off for this shot. They're so modest - HA!

    Yes, to me, there is such thing as bad years...only challenging ones.

    And even though though 2010 was challenging, it truly had some great rewards. I feel so blessed!

    Grrrrrreat meeting you this past year, Mark! I look forward to sharing 2011 with ya!

    Happy Nude Year!

    Cheers!

    X

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  29. HA HA! Happy Nude Year to you, too, my friend! And here's to hoping that someone other than Bernie or my gynecologist will see me nude in 2011. :-)

    I love your perspective. I was thinking about what an awful year 2010 was but you're right, amidst the darkness were some wonderful lessons.

    And even though I lost Dad, I had the chance to tell him how much I loved him and what a wonderful father he was. I know a lot of people don't get that opportunity.

    Here's to an awesome 2011!!

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  30. Hiya Chrissy~

    "And here's to hoping that someone other than Bernie or my gynecologist will see me nude in 2011."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahhaha!
    Bwhahahahahahahaahahaha!

    OMG....that was HILARIOUS!!!!!

    "I was thinking about what an awful year 2010 was but you're right, amidst the darkness were some wonderful lessons."

    And YOU'RE right....amidst the darness were some wonderful lessons.

    You GO, girl!!

    I know how you feel right now thinking about your father, because I was the same way after my father died. But, you're right...at least we both got to tell them how much we loved them.

    ((( Chrissy )))

    Thank you not only for stopping by, but also for being in my life. I'm so glad we discovered each others blogs. It's been glorious knowing you. And I look forward to more of the same this year!

    Happy 2011!

    X ya!

    And X to Bernie and Vinny too!

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  31. I totally agree. Everything that happens, happens for a reason. 2010 has gone by so fast. I can't believe it. It' a little scary. We all need to slow down. I keep saying that but it never happens. Looking forward to seeing you in the blogosphere for years to come.

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  32. Hey Jen~

    "2010 has gone by so fast. I can't believe it. It' a little scary. We all need to slow down."

    It's funny how when I was a kid and would whine about time moving so slow, my parents would say to me...."Just wait until you get older, time will FLY."

    And they were right - HA!

    It's been so great blogging with you these past two years year, Jen! I look forward to 2011!

    Happy New Year, my friend!

    Cheers!

    X

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  33. hey ron, it has been a pleasure "knowing" you and hopefully one day this year we will meet. thanks for the laughs and i'm looking forward to more of your wonderful writing and humor.

    xo

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  34. Hey V~

    Ditto to you too, girl!

    And yes...one day this year we WILL meet, I promise! In fact, I my work schedule is light this month, so perhaps we can meet up sometime in January!

    Thanks for the laughs, photos, and your wonderful writing and humor!

    I look forward to 2011!

    Happy Nude Year! Cheers!

    XO

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  35. "So if I truly believe this for myself, which I do, I must also trust that my life is going exactly as planned.
    With no bad years.
    Only challenging ones"

    Well put, sir! If we step back and look at the big picture, our lives have a path that we're meant to travel. Along the way we're shaped by our experiences as we forever trudge forward towards enlightenment. We might as well keep putting one foot in front of the other...

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  36. Howdy Herman~

    "If we step back and look at the big picture, our lives have a path that we're meant to travel. Along the way we're shaped by our experiences as we forever trudge forward towards enlightenment. We might as well keep putting one foot in front of the other..."

    BRAVO!

    "....along the way we're shaped by our experiences...."

    Living the life we are meant to live.

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that, my friend!

    And thank you for your friendship. It's been such a highlight!

    Wishing you much enlightenment in 2011!

    X to you, Karin, and Tyler!

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  37. ".. new year means shedding ourselves of regrets, failures and mistakes, because really, there are no such things." That's a great attitude, Ron, and a great post. Happy New Year!

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  38. Happy, Happy, Happy, HAPPIEST New Year, EVAH!

    Im so happy I met you and have become friends with you. Looking forward to sharing 2011 with you!

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  39. Greetings Rob~

    Thank you, buddy!

    I have a feeling (after reading your posts these past few months) that YOU have a great attitude about life too!

    Bravo!

    And Happy New Year to you! Wishing you the best in 2011!

    Cheers!

    X

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  40. Hello my dear Libra friend Meleah~

    Happy, Happy, Happy, HAPPIEST New Year, EVAH!

    To YOU, too!

    And need I even say how HAPPY I am to have met you this year?

    Well I am! I'm ecstatic!

    Thanks for being such a great pal. And I look forwar to sharing 2011!

    Cheers!

    X ya, girl!

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  41. OH I'm going to need a DIET if it's going to be a NUDE year! OMG!
    I'm a little behind... again... but trying to catch up on a few of my absolute favorite blogs of which yours is definitely one!
    Wonderful post! I really don't make resolutions either. Sure, there are a few things I have in mind that I would like to experience this year, but as you said the challenges you learn from so it is important to go with the flow whenever possible and just let things be how they will.
    Happy 2011 !!!
    xoxo

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  42. ah, hahaha, I finally get it. the double entendre - nude year, new year. OMG. very funny! Little bit s-l-o-w today.

    Happy new year to you Ron. Hoping that glimmers of brilliant, delightful possibilities sprinkle themselves througout your days and nights this year.

    xoxo

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  43. Good Morning Crystal Chick~

    "OH I'm going to need a DIET if it's going to be a NUDE year!"

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! No my friend, you're perfect just the way you are!

    Me too, I was so busy last month that I couldn't blog like I normally do, so I was behind too!

    "Sure, there are a few things I have in mind that I would like to experience this year, but as you said the challenges you learn from so it is important to go with the flow whenever possible and just let things be how they will."

    You said it, M! ....just let things be how they are.

    Thank you so much for your presence here and on your own blog. It's been such a joy getting to know you these past 3 years. I look forward to sharing 2011 with you!

    Happy Nude Year! Cheers!

    xoxoxox

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  44. well, you KNOW i'm loving the nekkid barbie pic ;)

    and i agree completely, this year was crazy for me as well but i learned the most of any year. and it really is all in the way you view things.

    perception is everything.

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  45. Hola Blunt~

    "well, you KNOW i'm loving the nekkid barbie pic."

    Tee, hee! I knew you would!!! You and I seem to have the same fascination with Barbie, don't we bestie?

    "this year was crazy for me as well but i learned the most of any year. and it really is all in the way you view things.

    perception is everything."

    You said it, girl!

    Wishing you a flawless New Year!

    It's been such a joy getting to meet you. I look forward to sharing 2011!

    Cheers!
    X

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