a new year

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! 

What a busy month! It feels like there hasn't been a moment to stand still...from getting sick multiple times and work, to preparing for the holidays. And now we are looking at a new year! It seems a bit typical to talk about a new start as we approach a new year, but something about a new year is too inspiring not to talk about it.

 Whether you can't wait for 2011 to end or it was a year that brought great opportunities your way, having a new year really is the best time to evaluate what you want for your life in the new year. I feel like setting goals is motivating. Today would be a great day to start evaluating how you may want to change this new year. It could sound small, such as truly taking a day off, or it may be starting a new business. Whatever it is, it will be big to you and the quality of your life. Don't be afraid to jump in and make those changes and follow your dreams.

 "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
-Maria Robinson

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
-Joe Sabah

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
-Henry Ford

Happy New Years!


Barbara von Enger said...

Hope you are feeling better now, my lovely. Hopefully you'll be able to set aside some quiet time for silence and reflection after such a busy December. Happy 2012;-)

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Wishing you a wonderful 2012!

georgia ~ gi gi said...

Happy Friday Poppie Girl!
I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all your sickness is over!
I love this qoute
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
-Joe Sabah
I got a good feeling for 2012 :)
Let nothing stop us!
Thank you for a wonderful year of friendshio!!!! I think the world of you!
Lots of love
gi gi

HOGGER + Co. said...

Awesome quotes, as usual! I've missed you and hope to read more in 2012!
Have a great New Year!

flowersandhome said...

Love the quotes!
Happy Newyear!
May your dreams come true in 2012.

Gracey said...

And a Happy New Year to you, too!
May you have a fruitful, happy and healthy 2012.

ps. love your new blog design ;)

tinajo said...

I love the beginning of a new year - feels like anything is possible! Happy New Year! :-)

Unknown said...

Happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy NEW YEAR sweetest friend!!!! May 2012 be the best year ever!!!!
Much love and health!!!!
Love you!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DEAREST! I too have been sick almost for 2 months!I do hope you will have time to slow down and enjoy the new days ahead! I HAVE MISSED YOU SO!!! PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU IN 2012! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh sweet friend,

It has been a wonderful pleasure to meet you as well this year. My hope for you is that you continue to work on your goals and they WILL HAPPEN! Then when you achieve them, more challenges will pop up, but what else are we to do in this life? HAPPY NEW YEAR and be well! Anita

Madeleine Roberts said...

Wishing you a happy New Year. May 2012 be an outstanding year. I'm excited to see what is all in store!
Best Wishes

Style, She Wrote said...

Hope you are enjoying the holidays as well! Great NYE quotes. Happy New Year! xo style, she wrote

My Beautiful World said...

So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back so nice to meet new friends. Sending you special wishes for a wonderful New Year I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.
Always Wendy

Traveling Distances said...

Happy New Year! A new year always feels like a new start that motivates you to do whatever you've been putting off. Hope your 2012 is filled with happiness!

Roselie said...

I love those quotes!So true... Happy new year!

Martina said...

Happy New Year to you! Am looking forward to sharing many more loveliness in 2012 - thanks for being such a great blogfriend!

cb said...

i love setting goals for myself too, it feels good. i am almost finished with mine <3 cheers to a wonderful new year for you!

StephieB said...

I hope you are feeling much better now and are ready to jump in to 2012. Here's to new adventures!

Hugs, Stephie x


Happy New Year, sweetie! Hope that 2012 is off to a wonderful start! XOXO

Jennifer said...

Happy Happy New Year, Shawna! Wishing you an amazing 2012!

Annie said...

Hi Shawna!! Happy New Year to you! I hope it's a truly wonderful year for you. I'm committed to making this my most creative and adventurous year yet :) I'm not a resolution-maker.. more of a goal-setter I guess. haha Well I hope you are feeling now too. Talk to you soon! xo

Melissa Blake said...

that first quote is wonderful. I have a love/hate relationship with New Year's, and that quote is inspiring! xoxo

Bonnie said...

Happy New Year, love! Here's to 2012. I can't wait to see what it brings.

Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Joyti said...

Hello! I haven't been to your site since you've changed the layout...looks divine though.
And Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2012.

Imogen said...

Happy new year and best wishes for 2012.

Crazy for fashion said...

Happy New Year! may all your wishes become true! <3<3

shopgirl said...

Hey Shawna! thanks for all your comments. I know what you mean...The holidays is the busiest time of year for everyone I think, including myself and I felt like it just sped by. We took a surprise trip to Umbria and I'm recovering from our trip. We didn't get any sleep and I'm just trashed. I hope you had a wonderful New Year! Speak soon!

Hugs! Reese

amy b.s. said...

great post to start the new year!

Gorgeous Glam said...

Hope you had a great New Year's Eve! Love the quotes! kiss on the cheek! -Taj

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

hope you are feeling better and had a wonderful new year!

About Last Weekend said...

I had two New Years as we were traveling from New Zealand but still haven't firmly fixed my resolutions yet!

classiq said...

Happy New Year! My best and warmest wishes! xo

Gloria said...

I hope you are well and feeling like jumping into the New Year with joyful enthusiasm. Your photo and quotes are very inspiring! I hope your New Year is full of blessings!


Ashley Isaacs said...

what an inspiring quotes, thank you.....are we following each other yet......cause I think we should and I am............xx


Overlooking Mississippi said...

Happy New Year fellow blog friend :)

Hope all is going well for you!

Sonhos Pré-Concebidos said...

Oie, adorei seu blog ,benhê *-* sou nova aqui, eu e minha amiga fizemos esse blog a pouco tempo, então se vc puder passar lá e dizer o que achou, vai ser ótimo rs *-* bjks

A Casa da Vá said...

Happy New Years my friend! Hope you are feeling better... come visit me in Florida!


Anonymous said...

Hello lovely lady, I miss you very much! I hope you are feeling better now!...Happy new year to you. I wish you a wonderful 2012.
My new year's eve was lovely! I spent it praying with my family in Nigeria, and preparing for my brother's wedding. The wedding was beyond lovely.

How have your days been?
You have my love.


Punctuation Mark said...

wishing you the best for 2012 and lots of health!!!

stylenuggets said...

Happy New Year and all the best for 2012

Gorgeous Glam said...

Hope your year is going great so far dear! looking forward to your next post! xx

Monique said...

Happy New Year Hope it's going well so far!

Anonymous said...

I have read this post before, and it still makes me teary. The quotes are lovely.
How are you these days? I hope your days are lovely and warm.
I'm back to the US. I had a wonderful trip! Also, I got a new bike. She is beautiful. I slowly await the summer, so I can paint crazy things on her..haha.
School begins on Wednesday. Floyd and I will be going to the same school. This makes me very happy. I might not see him often though. He has classes 3 days a week, and I'm in the Engineering building 24-7...Nevertheless, I'm happy we might have lunch/ride home together sometimes. :))) Oh, we are not dating. We are simply "good friends" who care much for each other.
Speaking of lovers, my bestfriend (Brenton) wants me to marry him someday in the future....I love him very much, but we are not at a marriage level...not yet.
That's my life so far..The usual...School, work, Brenton, new people.
Tell me about your days.


About Last Weekend said...

Just a quick hello to say hope you're having a great weekend!

simply_KC said...

Hello Ms. Poppies!! :)

How are you? I am doing great now from getting all those sickness. Thank you for stopping by like always :) Love those inspiring quotes you've added towards the end. Something I needed and will always keep in mind. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well as New Years!

♥ x0x0 :)