Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Few Things I'm Thankful For 2010

Before I start thinking about resolutions I thought it might be nice to focus on the great things about this year and several highlights come to mind.   Here are some things I'm very thankful for:
Nonprofit friends from AVLF at our firm for a training session

•Work.  It's hard some days and hectic most of the time but the work I do has meaning and I'm so happy to work with absolutely the best of people.  It was a great year and I'm looking forward to another exciting year.
Colleagues at Starbucks celebrating our "No Department, Department Party"

My granddaughters got to go to school in Germany.  I'm sure their mom has missed them terribly (I know we have), but it was good of her to let the girls have 6 months with my son and to let them have that life experience.  I hope they can do it again next school year. 
 Speaking of Germany, this year brought lots of travel.  It was great to be able to visit the countries of Germany, France and Iceland.  It was also fun to be able to visit, and catch up with friends in the Hamptons, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. 

Vatnajökull - the largest glacier in Iceland

I gained a penpal!  Blogging is great but it was so exciting earlier in the year when French Village Life launched a snail mail/letter writing experience.  I was paired up with the most wonderful penpal and blogger, Pondside. One of my goals for the coming year is for us to be able to meet up (fingers-crossed).   
  Have I mentioned the Atlanta bloggers?   There's a fun group of women (generally organized by Sue and Joyce) who gather throughout the year.  These gatherings are always memorable occasions and I treasure the time we spend together.  I hope we are able to do something REALLY BIG in 2011!

I finally joined a book club, The No Guilt Book Club, and it is amazing! Maybe I've mentioned it before but my book club has a mix of doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, a film maker, an environmentalist, nonprofit leaders - both local and internationally and a stay-at-home mom.  When I was approached about joining this group I was asked to write something about myself.  It seemed odd at the time and it made me quite nervous.  Now that I'm an official participant it makes sense.   This group leans to the left and seeks diversity in every way and I'm grateful to be a part of such a great group of women reader/leaders.  Oh, and can I mention Wine Club here too?   An equally eclectic group of friends, all with whom I enjoy spending time.  
Monthly meetings with Marta.  Back in the 90's I worked with a dear friend and we were so close at the time.  Over the years, life and changes have gotten in the way but in 2010 Marta and I were able to re-connect and decided that we would enjoy meeting for lunch or dinner once a month.  It's been so nice to have a special once-a-month meeting sharing discussions on religion, books, movies and travel.   You'll be learning more about Marta and her studies in the coming year and it's very fascinating I assure you, especially for the FOODIES! 

Love my family.  We're always going in different directions, both mentally and physically, but I think that's one of the things I love and appreciate most about my family.  Though it isn't always easy, we work to accept one another as we are.  
Yes, here I am.  Lost in Grand Central Station and my son is photographing me the whole time!  See me standing by the ticket window.
 • I'm so grateful for good friends - Caitlin, Cappy, Aggie, Judy, Heidi, Ginabeth, Fran, Alice, Mary, Missy, Chris, Melanie, Marta and Stacey.  I've been so blessed to have such good friends throughout my lifetime.  You mean so much to me and this year was especially great because I was able to spend time with most of you in person!!!!

Big hug to all!
  This post wouldn't be complete if I failed to mention blog friends in general.  There are several of you that read my posts, leaving comments and sending emails.  Your blog friendship means so much.  Thank you Penny, Sarah, Pondside, Patti, Pat, Kathleen, Janean, Linda, Debbie, Marie Arden, Jojo (yes, there are two of us), Jane K. Schott, Chatty Crone, Cheri, Keetha, A Taste of Beirut, Frenchy, Vagabond, Rettabug, Joyce, Sue, Susan, Eva Agnes, Phivos, From A Writer's Kitchen, Angie, Jade, Jenny, Teresa at Splendid Sass, Laura and Pamela Terry and Edward.   Oh there are lots of other blogs I read and will often leave comments but you guys are the blog friends who stop in at my place and frequently leave a comment.  Sorry if I overlooked anyone but please accept my heartfelt thank you for being a very special part of my day. 

It's time to start working on some resolutions but for today it's nice to spend time thinking about the good things of 2010.  


  1. What a lovely post! I am so happy to be your penpal - it's been lovely to open the mail box to a real letter once in a while!
    May your 2011 be a year of blessings to you and your family!

  2. What a wonderful post! This was a great look back and forward! I feel so grateful to call you friend also. Your life is so different from mine and I really love your adventures! Happy New Year Cheryl!

  3. Absolutely stunning post and wonderful pictures, full of beautiful and happy faces, especially you cute granddaughters! I take this opportunity to thank you by heart for sharing with us throughout the year many beautiful things from your personal experiences. I wish that we shall continue enjoying your spirit through your blog reflections and insights. Thank you for being my friend Cheryl. I appreciate a lot your connection.
    A happy New Year to you and your lovely family. Wishing you more traveling and why not a visit to our house here in Cyprus where you are most welcome to come and stay with us. After all Beirut, Lebanon is not that far from us!!

  4. Sounds like 2010 was a wonderful year for you...sure hope 2011 will be even better. My year wasn't so great, especially physically but I am praying hard for a great new year. Test results due back next week so please pray that all is well. Happy New Year to you and yours:)

  5. Cheryl this was such a wonderful sweet post! I am so honored to be your blog friend. I look forward to another year of reading your thoughtful and cheerful blog and seeing what adventure you will be going on next.

    Happy healthy 2011 --may if be a year full of many wonderful blessings!

  6. What a year and what wonderful and special photographs! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy New Year!


  7. I wish I had time to write a similar post! You did an excellent job at reliving the highlights of last year and mentioning all of the things you are grateful for! Thanks for mentioning me in your tribute i am so touched! Hope you get to travel some more this coming year and share your beautiful photos and pertinent observations with us; your granddaughters look adorable.
    Happy New Year, all the best!!!!!

  8. JoJo, thanks for dropping by....and Yes, I did get my prize. I'm sorry I didn't let you know sooner. The Christmas rush plus my being in bed for a week completely disrupted my so-called organized life:) We haven't watched the movie yet but it looks like it will be a very touching one. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!!!! Happy New Year!

  9. Big hugs back to you. So happy our paths crossed in 2010 and hope 2011 will find our blog group making more fun memories. I really got a kick out of your photo in Grand Central Station which is one of my favorite places. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year surrounded by your loving family and many friends.

  10. So good to sit down and take stock of the good things! Great post Jojo! Thank you for stopping by and for your comments, I wish you all the best in the year to come.
    My French Country Home

  11. Thanks for the mention and to me it looked like a very good year for you. I still often think of your photos of Iceland and what your observations did to open my eyes to a new place on the globe.

    I hope you achieve your goals with ease and have a wonderful and happy New Year.

  12. JoJo, this is a terrific post! So happy to have you as a friend. I always enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for the friendship. ~ Sarah