Long Goodbyes

Dear 2010,

I hate long goodbyes.  I avoid goodbyes of any sort when I can.  In actuality I can avoid this one, but I have come to learn that it is good to acknowledge the past in order to better the future.  So for this purpose only do I give you anymore recognition.

Thank you for being better to me than the previous year.  We won’t mention it’s name, but we both know who it was.  You were still pretty harsh on me and my family, but I came to my senses and realized that I had some lessons to learn and you did whatever it took for me to learn them.  I still don’t think you had to be so severe, but whatever.  I am a better person for learning those lessons so I can forgive. 

No hard feelings, right?  I respect you and wish you all the best in the future.  Oh wait.  You have no future.  That sucks.  Well then, I bid you a fond farewell.

With Warmest Regards,


Dear 2011,

I have plans for you.  Your counteryear, 2010, has been gracious enough to teach me some things that have given me strength to kick your butt if I need to.  Unlike the previous Mandi, I am no longer willing to take crap with a smile on my face.  Oh no.  2011 I tell you now that you and I are going to accomplish many things in the next 365 days we have together. 

I see you there, staring me in the face.  And I tell you, Mr. (or Mrs., or Miss, or Ms.)New Year,  I. Am. Ready.  Faithful.


Mandi (the Powerful)

To all of my friends and family (that would be you dear reader),

Have a happy new year, I wish you much peace.  Inner peace.  I wish you joy.  So much that sometimes a tear may slip down your cheek.  I wish you love.  So that your heart may feel as though it will burst from so much of it.  I wish you contentment.  Enough to fill you even in your darkest hours.  And I wish you strength.  Personal, spiritual, physical, and emotional strength.  Be as good to yourself as you are to others.  Find the good in things because goodness likes to hide and whisper sometimes.  Give yourself a break, and leave judgement to Him.  We all live in glass houses.  Speak kindly.  Smile at strangers.  Keep the door open for the person behind you.  Hug your loved ones longer than normal.  Pray.  To whomever or whatever you choose, but show your gratitude for the things you have been given.  Even the icky parts.  Find three good things for each negative thought you have.  Give to others and learn to be a gracious receiver.  Laugh.  “Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ~Gordon B. Hinkley

Now I’m off to play Lite Brite with my 6 year old.  Not something the old Mandi would have done.  But hey, it’s a new year.  I can be a new me, right?



8 comments on “Long Goodbyes

  1. Susan January 1, 2011 12:33 PM

    You, my dear sweet friend are stronger than you have always pretended to be… I’m so thankful that you were able to (maybe) find that strength in 2010. I hope that I can be a large part of your 2011 and you spreading your wings with the new person you have found inside you. You are beautiful inside and out. Thank you for having touched my life in a way that I will never be the same. Happy New year my friend.
    Love you!

    • mandi January 2, 2011 7:37 AM

      Susan, Sadly I have not pretended to be weak. I have felt it and believed it to be so. But I am trying to convince myself otherwise, take the counsel of others, and beef up my attitude! Thank you for helping me with my self esteem, and for being there whenever I need you. ~Me

  2. Kate January 1, 2011 6:12 PM

    Beautiful and inspirational. 2011 is already a good year!

    • mandi January 2, 2011 7:41 AM

      Kate~ Thank you so much for reading my blog! You put a smile on my face. 🙂 I hope that you realize how inspiring *you* can be. What strength and courage you have. It’s contagious!
      Yes, 2011 is good.

  3. Colleen January 3, 2011 9:25 PM

    Fantastic! Happy 2011 to you too, I wish you all the same and then some! LOVE!

    • mandi January 6, 2011 9:22 PM


      It *will* be a good 2011! I can’t wait for the Deputy/Conlin reunion this year. We’re coming to you, right? It is one of the things that will make this year fun.

  4. Arienne January 6, 2011 9:02 PM

    You are so fun, Mandi! I loved this post. When are you coming for a visit? hehehe

    • mandi January 6, 2011 9:21 PM

      Actually we are stopping in sometime this summer! We are driving to Texas, a long-in-coming journey home, and will be stopping in the Denver area for a couple of days. I can’t wait to see you! I should just buy a ticket and fly down. I have about 9 people in that area that I want to see.

      I miss you my super-twin-power-ring friend!

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