Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas & New Year Blessings

As 2011 closes and 2012 enters, I reflect on the multitude of events that have happened
my family's lives this past year.

It was a tough year.  We rode the wave of Chemical Dependency with one of my children.
It was NOT easy or pleasant, but has taught us a lot.
I watched a good friend bury the last of his brothers, WAY too young, I might add.
Watched a cousin bury her father and have her sister diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time.
And most recently a very good friend who was like a Mother to my late husband
recently passed from Pulmonary Fibrosis at 61.
There have been other relationship bumps in the road as well.
Struggles with Ex spouses.
School study issues.


Plus all the normal house nonsense that comes when you least expect it or need it...
clogged pipes, downed trees, etc.

On a professional level, I sold at 11 shows this year.
Shows are A LOT of work and you know what?

I am tired.

So, my family, my Man and I have sat and talked, made some decisions and are
ready to make some big changes to our lives, so that less of it is spent
working, worrying, traveling to shows, spending time away from each other.

It is time to restructure business.
Spend more time with those I LOVE.
Start pursuing the dreams I have let fall behind
 in the pursuit of trying to just make a living.

Because in the end.
Love is all you need and all you are left with.
It is not about the "Stuff" it is about the "Who's".

You get what you give in this life.

Through it all, my Man has been right there beside me,
steadfast and true, holding me through the tears, 
standing up to or for whatever battle needed to be addressed
 and I Love him even more for it.

I Hope each of you had a Lovely Christmas and have a Safe and Happy New Year
from me, my daughter Emily and the rest of our Family.


  1. awe this is sooo sweet. it brought tears to my eyes we have all really had a bond with these shows we do. Im going to miss everyone so much when i move but just think you guys can come visit me anytime :)
    Love you my feathered friend 2012 is going to be our year to shine!

  2. Touching post, Lisa. Happy, Happy New Year to you and Em. I think 2012 is gonna be very good for alot of people. ;)
    xo, Amber

  3. I agree with the girls. I have such a good feeling for the 2012! I set down too and prioritized....Buon Anno Nuovo Principessa

  4. You know Lisa, you couldn't have said it any better! For so many of us, 2011 has been a bitch! But I think you nailed it when you said that "in the end love is all you need and all you are left with"! Thank you for this post, it truly hit home!!

    Take care my friend,

  5. Words well spoken friend, I too have been re prioritizing my New Year. Shows are hard, time is precious and family is so important. We will just have to have Play Dates to stay in touch :)) Happiest of New Years to you, Emily and your whole bunch!!!

  6. Amen sister~So many of us are going through or have gone through I guess you could call a "Right of Passage" realizing what is really improtant and what is definitely NOT!!
    The old saying "less is More" is my motto for 2012~ hopefull on the more side is our time together :) Happy New Year Lisa to you and your beautiful family~

  7. I love seeing you and Em's pretty faces! I missed seeing you at Glitterfest! Whatever you decide, I am glad you are doing it with your heart. I spent several hard years and also came to the same conclusion...Love is the most important thing. There are some changes in the wings for my family too!
    Hopefully I will see you in the near future! I have family out by you, maybe I will have to make it a double visit!
    Happy New Year my sweet friend! xoxo karen....

  8. What a beautiful post Lisa, straight from the heart. God allows events in our lives to shape our character and even though it's not always enjoyable, we learn the most from the difficult times. They certainly put things in perspective. I admire you for buckling down and going for it - a more meaningful life with your loved ones. We both know how temporary it can be. Thank you for sharing. I think it is inspiring to everyone reading.
    Big huge blessings to you and your family,

  9. What a moving post! I so appreciate your honesty.
    Here's to a wonderful 2012!


  10. Lisa, I hope 2012 brings nothing but happiness for you! I agree, its not about stuff but about the "whos". Love you!