• Donna Janke

    May the New Year bring you everything you wish for. I don’t make resolutions per se. There is such anticipation and significance attached to the New Year that we often make our resolutions too grandiose or too many to achieve. However, I am taking some time to think about my writing and blogging goals and map out strategies. Happy New Year.

    • Thank you Donna and I send you the same wished as well. With all the celebrations and exuberations, it’s easy to caught up in it all and make unreasonable resolutions at that time. I am doing the same but I’m giving it some time to make a plan that I can stick with. 🙂

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  • Your buildings seem different than other ones you have depicted. Love how you showed the ball. The final partying is wonderful. Enjoy the new year.

    • They are, they much more flat indicating a skyline background. I wanted it to be more stylized and subtle. I so am happy you liked it over all. Happy New Year my friend. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Hoping the New Year brings you much success in whatever you choose to pursue, Susan. I loved your book and left a review for you on Amazon. As to resolutions? They generally expire within a month, so I’m going with a motto this year instead….. “I AM UP FOR THIS!

    • And to you also Jacqueline. Aw, You just made my day… seriously. I love your motto. I think I will mirror your sentiments. I to “AM UP FOR THIS!” Happy New Year my new friend. 🙂

  • Sharla

    Susan, may the New Year bring you new ventures filled with joy! ‘See’ you next year! Sharla

    • Thanks Sharla. My hope is that you achieve the same. I for one know your new year will be nothing short of speculator. 🙂

  • Happy New Year Susan! Resolutions? Nah. I stopped making them years ago. I’m going to do what I want to do. I do however usually have a mantra. 2013 was, Everyday, Everyway, Inspired. I have a few hours left for my 2014 one. THANKS for that reminder.

    • An to you too Patricia. :-). Resolutions are such an interesting phenomenon, aren’t they? Many are made and few are ever achieved or realized. I think you have it right. In the end that is what we should all be doing regardless of the day or time. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    Happy New Year Susan. I look forward to more recipes, poetry, stories and wine from you in 2014. I won’t be making any resolutions, I’ll wait until at least the 2nd to start any new activities. 🙂

    • And to you too Debra. Be assured they’re already in the works. :-))). I usually make plans too. but I never think of them a resolutions. See in 2014 my friend. 🙂

  • Happy New Year Susan! – Thank you for all the support you have given me over the year. I truly appreciate it.:-) You’ve had such a successful year with your blog, may 2014 only continue to see more of your creativity for us to enjoy.

    • Aw, you are so very welcome A.K. I wish the same for you, and so look forward to a meet-up in the coming year. 🙂

  • I am not big on new year resolutions, if I was to have one it would be to have a nap each afternoon so I do not want to go to bed too early at night.

    • I love that idea Jo-Anne. We could all do with more naps don’t you think? … LOL. 🙂

  • Blogger Spice

    Happy New Year Susan

  • Jon Jefferson

    Happy New Year Susan.
    I don’t really do the resolution thing. But there are some changes I have been working on that I hope to bring out soon.

    • And to you Jon, I look forward to seeing what new things you have in store for us in 2014. 🙂

  • Hi Susan,
    Thanks for the mail,
    Now its working and I am so glad to hear from you, i think that was a browser problem. anyways its fixed now. Thank you for attending to my note. Keep informed. Its really a lovely and meaningful poem and you presented it well.
    Thanks for the uplifting note, Have a wonderful, joyous and
    purposeful New Year 2014

    • Hi Philip, You very welcome and thank you for your kind words. Have a great New Year, now and in all of 2014. 🙂

  • Jamie

    You’re always such a delight to read Susan =) Hoping we can meet up in 2014 since I’m somewhat close to you now!

    • Thanks Jamie, I so look forward to that. We need to make a plan, don’t you think?

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Happy New Year my friend! May you continue to be truly blessed. I know I am blessed to call you my friend. 🙂

    • Aw, Happy New Year to you too my dear friend. I feel EXACTLY the same way. I look forward to more adventures with you in 2014. 🙂

  • Ann Odle

    Happy New Year to you as well!

    • Hi Ann, And a very Happy New Year to you as well. May it be filled with much success and happiness for you. :-))

  • Happy new year! I don’t have any resolutions at this point… we just have to get our lives back to halfway normal and then figure out what’s next 🙂

    • Hi there Dan, The same my friend. I can understand that. Life as it was will not be the same in the future after your amazing experience over the last 9 months. 🙂

  • Happy New Year, Susan 😀

    Great poem by the way. I don’t particularly have any New Year’s resolutions (I do have a goals list, but I outlined my goals list a month ago. Does that count? :D).

    I just launched my new blog today, so most of my goals are associated with it.

    Apart from that, my resolution is to have a better year (I had a really good year for 2013…I am hoping for a better one this year).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Susan 🙂 Appreciate it!

    • Aw thanks Jeevan. I am the same. Resolutions?… not so much, goals… without question. Mine like yours are blog related. Best of luck in 2014 in all that you hope for. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    My resolutions are always pretty much the same: read more and exercise more. The “more” part is pretty flexible. I just like to view the start of a new year as a way to focus on improving good habits that are already in place.

    • LOL,, sounds like a very familiar list except my name would be attached. For me, if I set 3 to 5 goals I know I will make them happen. If I set resolutions, for some reason, they treated as good intentions and never go very far. 🙂

  • Hi Susan, that was such a lovely post, very meaningful.
    I have a few resolutions planned, but I haven’t sat down and written them down yet, so they aren’t that clear! Happy New Year to you x

    • Hi Christine and welcome, Thanks you so much. I wish you all the best with the resolutions you finally choose. I hope the 2014 proves to a fabulous year for you. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    hi susan; i love your poems. so glad you shared it with us. it does seem that we end the year with two days christmas day and new years where everything is pushed into one day of expectations for some regrets for others and joy for most i hope. i managed to record post and share my first video just before the ball dropped. i want to do more of them and get much better at it in 2014. the interview post was so well received i want to do more and expand to doing them in video either in person or via Skype. i want to travel more for business as well as go on my first honest to goodness vacation this year. what are some of your goals? thanks and have a blessed new year, max

    • Aw thanks Max, They are simple little things, really, but it makes me very happy that you enjoy them.

      Those are great goals Max. if I can help in any way with the videos, let me know.

      My goals are pretty simple. They are; continue to grow my blog, create and launch my new business website, complete tow more books of my stories, spend more time with family and take time to smell the roses along the way. With any luck, we both will make these happen in 2014. 🙂

  • Hi Susan, Not so big on New Year Resolutions, unless it is carefully planned out. Your poems are so great and I enjoyed reading this post!

    Have a blessed New Year!

    • Hi Donna, You are not alone my friend. Most make grandiose statements and that’s the end of it. It they are real true desires, we make it happen with good planning. I hope the 2014 is your best ever. 🙂

  • I wish you and your family health, happiness and much success in all ventures this year.
    I like adventure, but I hope that a lower keyed version lends itself to 2014.

    • Hi liz, I’m all for the lower key adventures too. My wish for you is to have that and all the happiness you can handle. You so deserve it. Hugs. 🙂

  • Like you, I’m looking to the future. As you know, my New Year’s resolution is no more coulda, whoulda, shouldas. Love your poem and images.

    • Hi Jeannette, I’m with you all the way on that one. The now and the future is my focus and I couldn’t’ be more excited for both of us. Let’s rock out 2014… :-)))

  • Like you, Susan, I think in terms of setting new goals vs a resolution. I see goals as being very concrete and measurable actions or achievements. (You’ve been to my writer’s blog to see what my primary goal is for 2014.) I see resolutions as being more hopes, as in, “I resolve to get to as many North American chocolate events as I can during 2014.” It’s not as measurable or specific, but more, a hope or desire. Happy New Year to you, my friend!

    • I love the fact that you have very clear and defined goals for your year Doreen. One thing I know is, you will make it come to pass. I so agree with your regarding resolutions, they are so easy to say and much easier to forget. Happy New Future. You go girl. I will be right behind you, cheering you one. 🙂

      • Thanks for your encouragement, Susan! And if I’m fortunate enough to get on a California-based TV show, (I hope Ellen is listening!) I hope you’ll be able to get into the studio audience, as I’d love to have you there BESIDE me. 🙂

        • Aw… I find it very easy to support and help you along your journey. I would DEFINITELY be there smiling and cheering you on all the way. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    hi susan; i bet they didn’t sound ambitious until you wrote them all down just now. smile i’m also hoping that during my efforts to follow my dreams of building the business and doing videos that i will also find that special lady i am meant to meet. i need to record another video this time sitting up. but my brother is sick and his son is staying in my room. i really need an office or a garage. I do enjoy your poems and hope by sharing them that others will come to love them too. I had an idea this week. You know how if you wait for things to be perfect you risk not doing anything. so i thought I would offer to take a smaller commission if one of my clients would pay my expenses to come to their location and do a video of them and their equipment. so far th friends i have asked think it is an excellent idea especially as there are a lot of carnivals and other amusement businesses here in the houston area. so I think I wil make the formal announcement on social media later today. Thanks so much for being a good friend. take care, max

    • LOL, how right you are Max. I know you’ll find that special someone. It is bound to happen… just saying.

      Sitting up for the next video would be easier for sure… :-). I hope you’ll have your space back soon. I agree having an additional space does help.

      I think that is an awesome idea. I would encourage you to go for it. You never know where it will lead unless you try.

      Thanks for liking and sharing my stuff my friend. Being your friend is easy.

      Are you located in Houston? I have family there and visit fairly regularly. 🙂

      • maxwell ivey

        hi susan; it is fun being your friend too. and my friends were able to get past me recording the video lying down. but i understand that it is weird when you are watching it even if you are warned in advance. but i’m leaving the video up because i think people need to know i’m a real person who makes real mistakes and learns from them. wanted to record a video about the offer but since i’m not getting my room back today I’m going to go ahead and post it on social media. no rule says i can’t mention it again in my next video once time and family permit. and i live in conroe but as anyone who visits houston much knows it is a city of 4 million spread out way way out. smile where do you hang your hat? funny way to ask considering i’ve never owned a hat myself. thanks for the encouragement and take care, max

        • Thanks Max. Any time you can show you are a real person and who and what your about is a good thing. encouragement is my middle name… :-))).

          I get that about Houston. When I visit family there, I’m between Missouri City and Spring (Woodlands area). 🙂

          • maxwell ivey

            hi Susan; it is good to always know i can count on you to be positive and help me get better or move forward. thanks for viewing my other video for me and your suggestions of adding photos links and getting someone else to run the camera so it will focus more on my face are all welcome. will certainly implement them as i am able to. live in the woodlands so it was cool to hear you mention my area. smile we are actually on the edge of the state forest at the end of a dad end road and it feels like we are in the country even though it is only a couple of miles to downtown conroe. thanks again for all your support and take care, max

  • Happy New Year Susan! Looking forward to what this year has in store for you. Thanks for your support this past 6 months or so. You are an inspiration!

    • Hi Heather. I feel the same. You are so welcome and may your New Year be as amazing as you are. 🙂

  • Grace

    Happy New Year to you too Susan. May the year bring good health and lots of joy!

    • Hi Grace, Thanks. I wish the same for you and your adorable new family member. 🙂

  • Margaret Duarte

    What a lovely new year message. I have witnessed, and been inspired by, so many of your accomplishments in 2013, Susan. Best wishes for an equally happy and productive 2014.

    • Aw, thank you my friend. I feel the same about you. I hope your new year will be as awesome as you are. 🙂

  • Pat Amsden

    It really is a time of reflection and renewal. You’ve said I beautifully.

    • Thank you Pat. Can you believe another year has past already?

  • John Barton

    A delightful post which I resonate with! I reflected in years past but I did not necessarily follow through with my ideas. 2014 is totally different as I have made a promise to myself to “Just Do it!” No doubt you will see my relevant post New Year Message from The Blogging Singer



    • “Just do it” is such a good way to approach what you want to achieve. It helps you see a way to push through and to keep going. I wish you the very best of luck in 2014 John. 🙂

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  • A very sweet poem that is warming me up for 2015. Thanks and Happy Holiday

    • Thanks so much Awazie. This time of year does give us pause and causes much reflection… then we move on. 🙂

  • A lovely way to say Happy New Year. A soft, gentle and thoughtful poem that needs no gong.

    • It please me so that you enjoyed my poem Ken. Happy New Year. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    What a beautiful way to ring out the old and usher in the new. Loved the poem…and the art:) As always, you inspire Susan. Thanks for that!

    • Aw , YOU inspire me Jacquie. I hope the new year is all that you hope it will be. 🙂

  • Tim

    I am looking forward to letting go of the old even though it is so precious. Lots of great memories in 2014 with expectations of many more in 2015. All the best to you and thanks for the great platform on which to place my words.

    • Hi Tim, I agree, it’s hard to let go, but then the anticipation of the new beckons us on. That said, I wish a great New Year with much success my friend.

  • Marquita Herald

    Inspiring Susan! Each year I set a theme and for 2015 it’s “Intentional Living” so that is something I’ll be focusing on personally and professionally. I have a really good feeling about this year! Wishing you happiness, health and prosperity. 🙂

    • Hi Marquita, Aw, thank you. I love your theme idea. I also love this year’s theme. I wish the very same… Cheers. 🙂

  • Beth – http://EncoreWomen.com

    What a lovely post, Susan. I really enjoyed the art and poetry which captures the end and beginning of the years so well. I look forward to good things in 2015 and reading more of your posts.

    • Hi Beth, It makes me very happy that you enjoyed my simple prose. I too look forward and have a good feeling about 2015. All the best to you. 🙂