Saturday Morning: Standing in front of another new year


Ocean, alive.
Earth, alive.
Sky, alive.
Air, alive.
Love, alive.
and here I was standing in front of another new year,
very much, alive.
And for the first time ever,
I could actually sense it,
in each one of my bones there was a whispering,
‘it’s going to be a good one,

~ Sarah NorradA Poem to the New Year


  • Sarah Norrad was born a Wild Woman in the rural and rugged forests of the Nimpkish Valley, on Vancouver Island, BC, a place where the mountains, forests and rivers speak louder than the People. She uses her body to teach Yoga, her mind to study Social Work, her soul to offer Community Counseling and her heart to write as a columnist for elephant journal.” Find her bio here: Elephant Journal
  • Poem Source: Thank you Make Believe Boutique.
  • Art: Gloria Petyarre “Bush Medicine” via Aboriginal Art World.  Petyarre is one of Australia’s foremost indigenous painters.
  • Don’t miss this painting in Blue.



  1. This is magnificent! Loved the thumb print art. Mesmerizing.

    Read my latest blog too and share your thoughts >>

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  2. So beautiful, so beautiful… Thank you dear David, you always know what hits us… Love, nia

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  3. We like positive and upbeat

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  4. I feel it! Very excited about the year ahead…

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  5. Yes, it will be a good year!

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  6. Love this! And I especially appreciate how im the “credits” section it describes how she is using her mind, body, soul and heart to share her unique and generous contributions with those near and around her. What an awesome way to frame it!

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  7. Reblogged this on Bright, shiny objects! and commented:
    Thank god I can finally reblog David’s content because he works so much harder at this than I do. 😀

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  8. Bring it on! It’s all in the attitude. 🙂

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  9. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    Last year, my nephew messaged me on Facebook saying that the new year was 2 weeks old, why was I still wishing people A Happy New Year. I wrote back that I will continue to wish people a Happy New Year until the end of January. That’s just me.
    I usually have low key Christmases & for many years, my Season’s Greeting cards were New Years cards. I mostly only do e-cards now and the presents are small, but bought with much thought (I often find a perfect Xmas present right after Christmas!).
    I am not a fan of opening all the gifts at once and loved the fact that our great niece would only open one present a day. She would enjoy that gift, then open the next. (Now that she has a little brother, she has to open all her gifts or he will open them for her.)
    I try to keep that sense of beauty and wonder all year long.
    But it’s also not all about the presents. One year, I was in El Salvador for Christmas. I think it was 1981, definitely during the long civil war there. My Salvadoran family sprayed a tree branch silver and we made little presents to add as ornaments. I didn’t get a single gift that year, BUT the entire experience was a beautiful gift. I drank all kinds of atol, ate tamales and chickens that were freshly killed (I realized after eating them that they were the chickens that had been squawking in the patio for the last week. – Hey, if you are going to eat them, fresh is the only way to go!)
    We had trips to the beach, trips to eat pupusas, and despite the war, people carried around statues of the Virgin Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.
    So, please don’t get upset with me for having the holiday spirit long past the holiday. Feeling love for all humanity should not just happen once a year, it should be a feeling we carry with us all year long.
    Don’t feel sad when the holiday season is over, let it carry you throughout the year to remind you to be grateful for all that life has to offer. 😉 ❤
    Peace, love & joy throughout the year,
    Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:


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