Goodbye and Welcome In on New Years Eve!

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 AZ Broker BR030809000

I love the December Challenge that Andrea Bedard and Carol Williams are hosting! It gives us a chance to focus on a miracle story as well as a letting go  story of whatever we think is needed and welcome in the New Year of 2022! This is my second post - Goodbye and Welcome In on New Years Eve!

 

Many years ago I learned a lovely tradition at church  which was a thoughtful and meaningful to let go of whatever was wanted or needed and to welcome in the new ways, thoughts and actions into the New Year. I usually come from the place of knowing exactly what I want to create in the New Year and start getting excited about it before Christmas. So, before New Years Eve rolls around I've already got ideas on what I will throw on to the burning fire at church. I like to make changes and create new things - a lot!  So you see, it's not a 'chore' or something that feels 'bad' to do.....it's simply fun and exciting to me! 

 

A number of us used to gather at the church courtyard fireplace (fire already going) and enjoy conversation and sing songs together.  There is usually a bit of a chill in the air so it was nice to bundle up a bit and sip on a little hot chocolate while enjoying the service and our fellow friends. Well the last few years we didn't spend time at church and we all know why so we'll leave it at that.  But that didn't mean I forgot  about this lovely little tradition.  I carried on at home and 'let things' go into the fire and it always felt so soothing, warm and upbeat.

 

Some years at the New Years Eve Bonfire,  I would say my final goodbye to someone that passed over. That always felt so good to do surrounded by friends. It was a sweet moment, not a sad moment, as I believe  their spirit lives on around us.  This year of course I will say goodbye, once again, to our lovely friend Deborah who passed over around Thanksgiving. We had a lovely 'Celebration of Life' last Saturday for her and we all 'let go' together with a lot of beautiful stories, photos, laughter and tears. This New Years Eve I will once again say good bye to our dear friend Deborah with a lighter heart. She is a bright, bright star!

 

I also will say goodbye to my plan of exercising that went off the rails this past few months due to all that needed my attention this past few months.  I have a plan in place to stretch out once again to relieve the back and hip pain.  There have been a few times it's been 'scary' and that just won't work for me!   I've been using this mantra to ease the way "One Happy Thought At A Time"! I find that an upbeat thought process is way more helpful then getting bummed because I didn't make it happen that day.  It's like a good friend saying - you've got this girlfriend! And I do!

 

Let's ring in 2022 with a smile and a  happy heart!  Happy New Year!

 

If you'd like to read and enter the contest here's a link:

December Challenge: 'Tis the Season for Miracles & Scares

 

Goodbye and Welcome In on New Years Eve!

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Comments (35)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker we're on the same page with the upbeat way!   I liken it to a broken glass, not much you can do to put it back together so move on, feel good and buy some new ones!  LOL   which just happened here last weekend.  Gary accidentally broke 6 or so champagne flutes......and it wasn't a big deal.  Just bought some new ones!

Dec 22, 2021 09:01 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Kathy Streib I'm always in your corner girlfriend!  And you my dear are always here for so many, many people.  I want to be like you when I grow up!!  And yes, saying goodbye sitting around a fire is so comforting - I look forward to it this year.

Dec 22, 2021 09:03 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hello Michael Jacobs well that's how I view life, positively. I sometimes am aware of folks focusing on so called bad stuff and they wonder why life isn't working for them. To think is to create says it all.  Happy Wednesday!

Dec 22, 2021 09:07 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Brian England you are a positive guy and know what I'm talking about here!  And yes some days can be 'interesting' as I call them, and I  move on, get a good nights sleep and all is well.

Dec 22, 2021 09:08 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Kat Palmiotti try it this year - it's so relaxing and comforting!  Sometimes we write stuff down on a  little piece of paper and throw it into the fire.  Even better!

Dec 22, 2021 09:09 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Carol Williams the Celebration was very special and Michael was so appreciative of the folks who were here. And Darling - talk about winners - you are a win win win win!  That covers all sides!!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 22, 2021 09:12 AM
Carol Williams

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Dec 22, 2021 09:26 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel I'm am sure you two know full well the power of one happy thought at a time!  Great way to live life to the fullest!  Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2021 09:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker and practice makes perfect. and all kinds of wonderful occurrences happen.  We even started comparing notes of "serendipity" events between friends...it has been a hoot.  A

Dec 22, 2021 09:15 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Andrea Bedard it is a wonderful ritual and come to think of it - why limit it to New Years Eve!! Yes my stretching routine was working well until I got sidetracked. Today I started all over. If you can find your stretches that would be great!  Thanks!  Always open to new ways.

Dec 22, 2021 09:15 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I have felt that since I was a little girl.  My grandmother died just before I was born and it was like she was always guiding me.  My Mom does the same!!   As for happy thoughts -  my feeling is why not!  It's the way I roll and it's so much fun!   Thanks for the feature!  I so agree with Mr Crappy! 

Dec 22, 2021 09:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Anna and Let's ring in the  New Year and look foward to a better 2022.  My back surgery was okay and now need to get back to work in 2022!

Dec 22, 2021 09:21 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Anna! I love that you have a bonfire to start the year, letting go of sadness in your hearts. What a lovely way to start the year.

I had no doubt that your goodbye celebration would be perfectly lovely. I know Deborah's star is shining brightly.

And, I LOVE this quote, " "One Happy Thought At A Time!" - YES!

Dec 23, 2021 09:33 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  have not had a bon fire in over three decades... California frown on open fires.... and even if I considered it our neighbors would frown on it... so I am living through your adventure aka bon fire, Endre

Dec 23, 2021 11:02 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - only with a healthy mindset are we able to cope with loss and move on because that's what humans are suppose to do. It's hard, but coping has its blessings in mysterious ways. Your experiences with the church, burning a fire, sitting with people you meet and converse with, and how you live and treat members of ActiveRain is acknowledged and appreciated. 

Dec 29, 2021 08:15 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Will Hamm here's to a great 2022! 

Dec 29, 2021 09:24 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS "One Happy Thought At a Time"  is a sure winner for everything! It's been my motto for many years....and is always my number one goal every year, day, moment!  

The celebration was lovely, very warm, and heart-filled with great memories and friends honoring Deborah and enjoying being together  We've all known each other for years and it was good to have them all here.

Dec 29, 2021 09:28 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP some move forward quickly, others not so much.  I chose to remember her fondly and it always bring a smile to my face!  Well this year it may be raining so we'll bring the fire into the fireplace inside.  It's all lovely. Being kind to all and having good thoughts is my way of 'being' in life.

Dec 29, 2021 09:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Those Sonora Cactus at sunset have always been a favorite of mine Anna. I hope you're both having an awesome New Year thus far 🙂

Jan 02, 2022 04:28 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Ringing in 2022 with a big smile and a joyful heart! 

Happy New Year to you too Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker!

Jan 07, 2022 12:59 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

 Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  I'm having a great beginning of the new year!  I'm sure that Boomer is keeping you hopping!!  I've got a great photo of Barney I'll share tomorrow.

Jan 07, 2022 03:34 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets awesome!  Of course you are!  It's what you do well!!

Jan 07, 2022 03:35 PM