Day 365: End of Year (Big Deal!)

I’m looking at the title of this post, people, trying to decide what to tell you about it.

I’m looking at this entire year, people, trying to decide what to tell you about it.

Here’s a relevant quote, from a movie I love.

“Let me explain. No, there is too much.  Let me sum up.”

Here’s a short clip, including that quote:

(thanks to angelofcaine69)

I wanted to find a clip that included JUST that quote, but I couldn’t. So time to move on … to summing up.

Perhaps I avoid summing up.  Why? Maybe because summing up can involve numbers*. Or maybe because summing up means conclusions and decisions, which I can also avoid, because I LOVE …

  • Creating space for people to come to their own conclusions and decisions.
  • Opening up possibilities, rather than restricting them.

And yet, today is a traditional day for summing up and for conclusions. To get closure. To let go of the past (while still respecting its gifts). To move forward.

I’m now looking at the title of this post, again, with a critical** eye.  I’m asking myself, “What is true in that title, and what is opinion?”

Well, it’s an undeniable fact that it’s the End of the Year, right now (at least where I live).  But … is it really a Big Deal? And if it IS a big deal … to whom? To me?  To you?  To other people?

I’ll tell you what I love about “Big Deal!” in that title.   It implies “Yes” AND “No.” It contains authenticity AND irony.***

Yes, I love that.

Okay!  At this point in today’s blog post, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to re-visit my “About” page, which was written a year ago, to see if I have fulfilled my commitments.


This blog is part of my creative process.

It’s also a way to work on my growing acceptance and appreciation of life, and to share and develop some of the wisdom I’ve been slowly accumulating. My commitment is to start on January 1, 2013 and to blog once daily, throughout 2013.

This blog is also another way for me to take risks, to venture out into the world in new ways, and to embrace and express all my different human feelings– joy, fear, sadness, anger, the whole Emotional Enchilada. I plan to engage in my well-developed sense of play, and approach some painful material, also.

So this blog does a lot for me!

Hey!  You know what?  I fulfilled those commitments.   I shall now take a moment to celebrate that accomplishment, by asking for “New Year Fireworks” from my old friend, Google Images.


(thanks to

Because celebrating what I’ve done is a skill I continue to work on (and encourage in others), I would like to extend this celebration for few more minutes, via the same request —  “New Year fireworks” — from another old friend, YouTube.

(thanks to hanabian)

I’ve learned a lot this year, my dear readers.

What have I learned?

Well, I guess you’ll just have to read those posts I wrote, every day, to really answer that question. But, to emulate Inigo Montoya, let me sum up:

  1. I blogged.
  2. I learned many things, from myself and from other people.
  3. I have a lot more to learn.
  4. Therefore, I will continue to blog, as long as I have ideas, and as long as anybody wants to keep reading.

Since I’m continuing on this blogging adventure, what to do about the title of this blog? I mean, it’s “The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally” and that year is coming to a close, today. So, obviously, I have to change it.


That’s been another thing on my friggin’ to do list, y’know?

Well, I highly recommend taking the easy way out, whenever possible. Keep it simple.

And every change, no matter how small, still counts. Every change is a Big Deal.

So without further ado, I shall now unveil the new title of this here blog:

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Yep, that’s it!

I don’t know what YOU think or feel about THAT.  However, I do know this:

I LOVE it.

Thanks to all my readers for a year of living, loving, and learning; of disappointment and hope; of fear, sadness, anger, and joy; of all those big deals and more. See you tomorrow, in 2014!


* I don’t want people to get the wrong idea, regarding my feelings about numbers. I love numbers, sometimes.  However, numbers are not my native language, so sometimes they challenge me. Hmmm. I don’t like the way I said that. “They challenge me” is too mild, too wimpy a statement. How about this? Sometime, I hate numbers. Nope, too strong.  How about this? Sometimes, numbers make me crazy.  Nope, “crazy” is not a great word for me to use. How about this?  Sometimes they make me angry. Nope, people have trouble with anger.  Arrrghh!  What’s the right word, regarding me and numbers?  Damned if I know, right now. Maybe I’ll figure that out next year.

** In other words, with judgment!  Did you catch me?

*** Or humor or sarcasm or whatever else you want to call that.

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51 thoughts on “Day 365: End of Year (Big Deal!)

  1. Debbie Terman

    Congratulations on actually carrying out the daily blogging for a whole year! A great success!

  2. Happy New Year, Anne.

  3. Ann… THANK YOU! People have been asking me for a couple of weeks now:
    1. Will I keep blogging after the 365 days are up? [yes!]
    2. What will I rename my blog to? [didn’t realize I had to… and then I was stumped]

    I love your idea of just making it plural! I will also need to change my abstract so that it’s clear I’m no longer working out every single day — let’s be clear that this challenge is done as of today. 😉

    Thank you for helping me with something I was avoiding thinking about/dealing with. I may just steal. Harsh word. Borrow? No, implies that I’ll give it back. Adopt. Yes, I’ll adopt your format. At least I’m pretty sure I will.

    Happy New Year Ann!

    • Happy New Year, Nancy! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting today. I’m always so glad to see you! And imitation/stealing/borrowing/adoption/whatever-you-call-it is the sincerest form of flattery. So I am sincerely flattered.

  4. Congratulations, Ann!!! A remarkable achievement that I have enjoyed watching unfold! You’ve displayed great courage in revealing your inner processes with many of life’s (yours and ours) challenges. I’m glad you decided to continue and looking forward to the yet to be revealed. About numbers, they scare me. My mind goes blank when someone uses them to make a point.
    Happy New Year!

    • Kit, you have had a major effect on me, with your loyal readership and encouraging comments. Thanks so much for being there and I am thrilled that you are following me into the new year.

      And don’t fear the numbers. We’re bigger than they are. Nope, wait that’s not always true. We invented them, I think. Not so sure about that, either. Let me put it this way: your comment helps me fear them less; I hope the same for you.

  5. Hey I’m all for keeping things simple Ann! Happy New Year and may 2014 bring many more opportunities to reflect and celebrate!

    • Thanks, Diana! I look forward to seeing you here and over at your wonderful blog, in 2014. Thanks for your thoughts and your wishes today, expressed beautifully and simply, as always.

  6. Happy new year Ann! 🙂

  7. You have proven with your new title, Ann, that sometimes there is no pain in the ‘s.’ I say that last phrase to myself and think it’s a good thought to ring in 2014. Congratulations on completing your year of blogging that has been, to so many of us out here, singular. Happy New Year from Syracuse to you, your son and your BF Michael.

    • I am literally laughing out loud, here in Massachusetts, Mark, as I say your good thought and hear that most excellent pun. Thanks for your congratulations, your loyal readership, your singular comments, and your wonderful writing. Happy New Year to you, your dear wife Karen, and others you love.

  8. I’m so glad you’re continuing with your blog. I always worry that when challenges are over so it the blog. Thank you for being a loyal follower and for all your wonderful comments. I look forward to more words of wisdom from you in the coming year. All the best! Carol

    • I learn a lot from you, Carol. And I’m glad to say “no worries!” to you, regarding my blog continuing (because the challenges are never over, I suppose). All the best to you, also, and I look forward to our sharing our wisdom next year.

  9. Janis Moulton

    I am proud of you for fulfilling such a huge commitment in such an AMAZING way! Thank goodness you aren’t stopping now. Happy New Year, Ann!

    • Happy New Year, dear Janis. Thanks for your wonderful and amazing encouragement, which has been huge for me. I look forward to seeing you in 2014!

  10. WordPress on my PC is not letting me “LIKE” posts right now, so I must leave comments instead! I “LIKE” this post 🙂

    “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
    — Marian Wright Edelman

    • Thanks so much for the comment and for the quote. WordPress’s glitch on your PC was my gain, today. I’m so glad you liked the post!

      • Your welcome! I believe I found a way to like posts after all for now – I must like them via my feed, as I am unable to when I open them in new pages.

      • Thanks for going to the trouble of doing that. Now I’ve got a comment AND a like from you. Yay!

  11. I’m very glad you’re continuing! Happy New Year to you too!

  12. Congratulations-that is a terrific accomplishment-Wishing you a most creative and abundant 2014!

  13. deweydecimalsbutler

    I found you somewhat near the end, but I’ve enjoyed your posts tremendously. Also, have you considered just dropping the year thing? It could simply be “Living Non-Judgmentally.” Whatever you decide for a title, I’ll look forward to more posts and insight. Cheers!

    • I will consider that. I am also considering getting rid of the parentheses, so it’s “The Years of Living Non-Judgmentally.” However, I am already somewhat attached to the change I proposed here. We shall see! Thanks for your encouragement; that’s a big deal for me.

      • deweydecimalsbutler

        As it should be. You’ve done a lot of work. Kudos!

  14. I LOVE your new title, Ann. Congratulations on your achievement(s). I wonder if you knew how much you’d reach out to other people, and how many of us would be helped by your gentle spirit, when you started this. I look forward to years of reading appreciatively. I wish you everything wonderful, including good health and a nimble mind, for 2014

    • And I LOVE this comment. Thanks so much for your support, appreciation, and faith in me, plus those fabulous wishes, which I’d like to send right back at you, too. I look forward to years of connecting, also.

  15. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    It’s wonderful you celebrate what you’ve done, & yes, this is the best time of year to do that.

    What a wonderful joyous post! Cheers. I loved that video clip, the first one!! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for this wonderful and joy-bringing comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for celebrating with me (and with Inigo Montoya, too).

  16. Keep the Authenticity Train rollin’ Ann. Happy New Year. Love your blog. Look forward to following along in 2014.

    • Love your blog, also, David, as well as this comment. “The Authenticity Train” would make a great title, too! I look forward to seeing you throughout 2014. And Happy New Year

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  18. What an accomplishment! Congratulations. And a happy new year to you. Have a good time.

  19. “hate” is not too strong a word for numbers cuz I positively f***ing hate them, and math, and statistics, and algebra, and …..well, anything to do with numbers…….how I passed my advanced statistics class in college is still an utter mystery to me, I swear that professor must have had pity on me cuz I’m sure I deserved an F….

    Anyways, congrats to your first full year, I guess we both get to celebrate the same thing 🙂 …..ya know, it wasn’t until this very moment (I’m not joking either, I’m being serious) that it really hit me that ive finished a full calendar year of blogging…..sure, last January was a blank blog with nothing more than my about page but oh well, such is life.

    So unfortunately I can’t stay up late to drink tonight cuz I have to be up early but cheers to u for all u accomplished in both your blog, your professional life, and your private life this past year Ann; I wish ya all the best.

    • Congratulations to you, Kenneth, for your prodigious accomplishments, also. I look forward to reading and learning more from you next year. An infinite number of best wishes to you.

  20. robert87004

    “S”impler is better, I like it!

  21. Happy New Year, Ann!

  22. Anyone who quotes Inigo Montoya is all right in my book; I look forward to reading your blog. Happy New Year!

    • You’ve already made my New Year’s Day happier with this comment. I’m glad you found me and I look forward to future meetings!

  23. Linda Lintz

    That’s quite an accomplishment to write each & every day for 365 days!
    Fireworks are orgasmic to me, and a great way to celebrate-lovely to be able to see &replay….
    A Happy, Healthy & Abundant New Year to you.

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