Last Day of 2011!

Wow. I can't believe 2011 has come and gone so fast.

It's been one crazy year. Good crazy - bad crazy - you name it.

But you know what? The past few days I've been having some sort of allergic reaction to a new face moisturizer I've been using. My eyes have been swollen, pink, puffy, dry...horrible. I was at work just feeling kind of miserable. Then a guy around my age came in who just had his first round of chemo treatment on Tuesday. Suddenly my problems seemed so small. We had some friendly chit chat - where we exchanged some smiles and laughs

Through this exchange, I was reinforced that our problems are all relative. Obviously there are people out there who have problems greater than all of us - even all of us put together.

It is a reminder that we all have our own set of feelings and emotions that are certainly valid. But we should not take for granted how completely blessed we are. Yes, at one time or another, we will have the dark of a storm but there is always sunshine on the other end.

The fact that a man of only 26 can share some smiles with me or even an 88 year old man who walks with a hunch back always brings sunshine with him, wherever he goes - makes me step back in place.

The world is ours for the taking. We can choose to be miserable and sulk in our "problems" - or we can laugh at the problems we face because we know that we are blessed beyond measure and we can count on God to help guide us through our storm.

Make 2012 great. Learn to laugh at issues you might have instead of letting them take away your joy. Your joy is magical and no one has the right to it. Share your joy with others.

Have a blessed, safe, and fun New Year - however you are celebrating it.

And remember - I am thankful for you!



  1. What a great reminder! I am SO happy that you posted this. I, too, am dealing with an allergic reaction to some kind of beauty product. My face is puffy, itchy, dry, and feels like sandpaper! I hope yours clears up soon and we can both get back to our normal skin! ha! Happy New Year!

  2. Faith and good spirits will get you through.

    All the best wishes for health, joy, and happiness for this new year.

    Happy New Year!

    Sand and Sea
    (aka beachside cottage)

  3. thought provoking post. i agree life is what you make of it it is all subjective. sharing a smile can change a person's day!!

    i am out blog jogging today. visiting the blogs of the person who commented before me commenting on their blog...i came from Joanna Noel.

    Happy New Year!!

  4. Beautiful post!

    I love your new layout, I'm working on revamping my blog and would love your input. :)

    Sorry about the allergic reaction. I can understand those issues, I've found myself allergic to some pretty interesting things, such as Tresemme! Hope you get that worked out!

  5. Yes, definitely a beautiful post. I am reminded myself that there are others dealing with their own battles and life's challenges. I was recently talking to my therapist about my recurring anxiety attacks and he revealed that his wife has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. They have a 2 year old daughter and are fairly young. Suddenly, my problems didn't seem so bad.

    Btw, I found your blog through the blog hop. Hope you check out my blog at I am just getting started and would love new followers.

    Take care,

  6. Oh, I forgot to mention I am following you too now. :o)

  7. what a great reminder of what our perspective on life should be! happy 2012 Cami!! So glad I found you this year! :)

  8. Cami,
    Our joy is magical...I love that you reminded me of that. I wanted to thank you so much for your friendship this year. I hope that the New Year shines a bright face on you, and brings you so much joy. You are special indeed, a unique someone who is not like any other. Happy New Year, my sweet Cami.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley


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