Monday, December 29, 2008

letting go

As the year draws to a close, I am normally cast into deep reflection. But this year is different. This year I am focused on the road ahead...I am looking forward rather than behind me. I can feel something shifting...a change in my consciousness and I am eager to pursue it. To see where it is going to lead me. I can feel myself letting go of ideas, of notions, of stuff that I no longer want cluttering up the way I live my life....I've been holding onto these things for years but now feel ready to just open my tightly clenched fist and let the wind carry them away.



I feel ready to walk down the road ahead. To walk on this new road with a genuine heart, with a sure foot and...always...with Sophie by my side.



Sophie and I are heading up north, to the cottage, for a few days. I am hoping to get some great winter shots with my new camera. I want to spend some time thinking about this new road and the stops I would like to make along the way this year. I want to finish letting go. I want to be quiet for a few days as the holidays come to an end. And most of all, I want to take long walks in the snow with my dog and sit with her on the deck, silently watching the sun come up over the lake.



I will write more about my thoughts on the road ahead, and about our days up north, when we get back on the weekend. I won't say Happy New Year....but I will say cherish your memories from 2008, let go of what you need to and I hope you celebrate new beginnings.....

24 comments:

Susan D said...

Andrea, I'm heading down a new road too. Blessings to you in 2009 as we journey together. Susan

Mildred said...

Thanks Andrea for visiting my blog. I love seeing Sophie and Elora. My niece (31) and her mom have always had border collies. My niece and her dog visited for Christmas. It's always fun to watch my two cats' reactions to a dog with "knees" because they are used to our short little dachshund! I hope you will visit again and I plan to read through more of your posts also. Have fun!

Mildred said...

I enjoyed reading back through your posts and love the different hikes you and Sophie share and your photography is just beautiful. It's been a real pleasure this evening.

Jeanne said...

Thanks for coming by my blog -- love the pictures & especially Sophie!

laurie said...

good luck! i look forward to reading about your adventures.

Kathy said...

Have a good time at the cottage. I hope you can get lots of good pictures. I know Sophie will be a good subject and a good companion. Until next year then....

Hugs,
Kathy

gigi said...

Enjoy your weekend.
What kind of camera did you get? I got a new Nikon D80 for in August for my birthday/anniversay and Christmas present. I sure wish I knew how to work it better.

hip chick said...

What a beautiful post. You have inspired me to let go of a few things and to take a walk in the snow with my camera as well.

Dave King said...

Intriguing. I shall be watching out for further instalments.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am excited to see the new road that lies in front of you for the new year. I hope it is filled with peace, love and joy! Enjoy your time of reflection and have a blessed new year.

Pam said...

Excellent post...it gave me goosebumps.

It is a time to let go, to heal, to move on and to look forward to what life holds for us. Enjoy your peaceful quiet time with Sophie.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Your Sophie is beautiful...and is that a Maine Coon Cat in an earlier post?
If you want to check out a really inspiring blog got to:
http://gitzengirl.blogspot.com/
She always leaves me feeling better about myself and the world in general.
I'll be back...looking forward to reading about your adventures in 2009!

Pam said...

I love the thoughtfulness of your posts. Enjoy your time at your cottage, and I expect lots of great pictures of Sophie!

Sherri said...

Very thoughtful post. I look forward to following you in the new year.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Letting go of some things and scooping up the things that matter the most! Sounds like you are on the right track Andrea! Such a thought provoking post today..hope you enjoy your time at the lake..Happy News Year to you and Sophie!:)

The Wife said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind words. I so appreciate it. Here's to a wonderful 2009!

Natashya said...

Enjoy the north with Sophie. My guys are more like cats when it comes to snow. Short little legs and all.
Sounds like you are having a very thoughtful start to the new year.
Cheers.

Flower said...

Have a good time with Sophie! Enjoy your time, I'll look forward to hearing and seeing more of your journey! Take a look at this:
http://jonjdsbitsandpieces.blogspot.com/2008/12/meaningful-monday_29.html
It is another kind of encouragement for all of us!!

Hilary said...

This sounds like just the perfect way to spend the New Year. Letting go, of whatever we desperately cling to can be terrifying and enlightening. I hope yours is the latter.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It would appear we share more than the same province.. also the same city. :)

Your dog is a beauty.

Everycat said...

You have a beautiful road to walk along and we wish you all the best for this new phase of your life.

May 2009 be a beautiful year

gigi said...

Wishing you a very blessed New Year!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Andrea, you have no idea how glad I am that you left a comment on my blog. If you had not, I would most likely never have had the opportunity to explore, and visit, and get to know a little bit about yours.

Your blog is a amazing journey of discovery, and I almost can't wait to see how it turns out. I am eagerly awaiting the future posts. Best of luck in the New Year to you, Sophie, and kitty.

Jen

andrea said...

letting go and walking down a new path can be so inspiring and so difficult both
best of luck with your journey

we can walk together - at least at times

Mary said...

Andrea, I wish you the happiest year of your life. That's my wish for me, too :o)

We can learn much from our dogs.

Sophie...is...amazing. I've enjoyed meeting you.

Mary