Day 730: Honestly

Honestly, I’ve been wondering what kind of post to create on the last day of this year AND my second year of blogging.

Honestly, I could reminisce about the highlights,

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the lowlights,

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and the midlights

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of the days and nights of 2014. But honestly, it would take me a long, long time to go through all the photos and all the experiences I shared with you in 2014.

Honestly, I’d like to write a regular, run-of-the-mill post today, because isn’t today just another day (no matter how much significance we tend to give certain days over others)?

Honestly, all the posts I wrote for you (and — honestly —  for me, too)  this year included:

  • some acknowledgement of the past (usually, a link to the day before),
  • a list or other collection of connections,
  • a mixture of light and dark,
  • an invitation to let go of fear, dread, shame, or something else that gets in the way,
  • some ideas about moving forward,
  • a mixture of thoughts and feelings,
  • randomness,
  • love, and
  •  honesty.

Honestly, every post I wrote for you and for me in 2014 helped me

  • learn,
  • grow, and
  • face the day ahead with more courage.

Honestly, if it weren’t for this blog, I don’t think I would have seen, heard, thought, felt, and experienced as much wonder, curiosity, and hope in 2014.

Honestly, having this blog was like confiding in a community of great listeners,  carrying everybody’s presence with me no matter where I went, and enjoying everything so much more, because I knew I could show it to you the very next day.

Honestly, I saw these yesterday, and looked forward to sharing them with you today:

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Honestly, I think Harley’s gotten more comfortable with everybody, in 2014.

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Honestly, I really need to straighten up and clear off my blogging table.

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Honestly, I took only ONE of all those delicious chocolates offered to me at work yesterday. Would you like to guess which one I took? Which one would YOU have chosen?

Honestly, whenever I ask you to guess, listen, look, or respond  in these posts, I don’t need you to do anything. I’m just glad you’re here.

Honestly, whenever I say that I heard a song on one of my walks that fits a blog post perfectly for me, I’m telling you the truth. For example,”1999” by Prince was the first song that came on yesterday and I thought,

Wow!  That’s always seemed like the PERFECT New Year celebration song, ever since I first heard it in 1982. I can’t wait to use it in my end-of-year celebration post!!

Honestly, I can’t find “1999” anywhere on YouTube right now.

Honestly, every time I’ve encountered an obstacle in 2014, whether in blogging or elsewhere ,  it’s all worked out — maybe, even for the better.

Honestly, who knows?  We’re all just doing the best we can.

Honestly, as I was dancing yesterday, next to my car in my work-place parking lot …

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…  I heard a song which reminded me of the one video I kept meaning to share with you in 2014.

Honest!

Honestly, this is why I love that video of Carly Rae Jepsen, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots playing “Call Me Maybe” with kids’ classroom instruments, so very very much.

It’s filled with honest, heart-felt joy.

AND bongos*!

Call me maybe, tomorrow? I’ll be here.

Many honest thanks from me to you, here and now.


* Also found, in 2014, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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47 thoughts on “Day 730: Honestly

  1. I’m dancing too!
    Honestly 🙂
    Happy New Year Ann.
    Val x

  2. feverdreams

    I’m currently sitting in a restaurant which is playing about every golden oldie imaginable. Listening to Bob Dylan right now – the perfect soundtrack to reading your post. Great read, as always. Happy 2015! May it be a great year for you.

    • Honestly, I am honored that you took the time to read my blog and write this wonderful comment. I hope there’s a great year ahead for you, too!

  3. Fun video! Happy New Year!

  4. And I spy a ukulele!

  5. What a wonderful ride!! Happy New Year.

  6. Happy New Year! And I love that joyful video! 🙂

  7. OH OH OH this is gonna be a good year! HAPPY NEW YEAR, ANN! Love, Amy

  8. Honestly? I am grateful you reminded me of the power of blogging everyday and how it is good for my heart, soul and life!

    And honestly, Happy Happy new Year wonderful Ann!

    Dancing now as I wrap up my morning blog session and greet my day with a joyful heart!

  9. I love the honesty in your blog, Ann. I love that you have complete two full years of daily blogging!
    My boyfriend (what an odd word at my age) and I are headed to two homes for New Year’s Even dinners. I will be the only gringa and non-Spanish speaker, but I will honestly plunge in.
    Regarding the chocolate – I would have chosen whichever one seemed the biggest!
    Enjoy your evening.

    • My boyfriend and son are heading out to dinner this evening with a bunch of fish. Honestly, I am always gratified, grateful, and inspired by your encouraging and wonderful writings here. Keep enjoying, Emilie!

  10. A very happy new year to you Ann! May you be dancing through the year!

  11. Honestly, I love your blog. I love your discoveries, your mysteries, and the things you show us that are sometimes so different from, and sometimes so similar to, the things I see around me.

    Here’s another song full of exuberance and joy and silliness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJKythlXAIY&index=12&list=PL0FB9262CF878A34A

    • Wow, Maureen. Honestly, your posting that video of OK Go brought me back to a previous post of mine, with a different video of that song. I was grateful, all over again, to read all the beautifully written and helpful comments you left me on that post (as well as so many others throughout this year). Thank you for making 2014 a happier one for me. I look forward to more lovely connecting in 2015.

  12. HAPPY NEW YEAR ANN! MORE CHOCOLATE IN 2015!

  13. Happy New Year, my very special friend, honestly a treasure who sends us hunting for life’s mysteries big and small. Cheers to you, Ann Koplow. Cheers to you.

    • Now it sounds like I am the one giving the assignments around here, Mark!

      Honestly, I love all the mutual treasure hunting and the cheering connections with you. I am truly grateful for the times spent writing to each other in 2014; here’s to many more posts and comments in 2015!

  14. Ann! Happy New Year’s Eve! I will be here tomorrow to say Happy New Year. I will be glad to find you with us all in 2015, as arbitrary a designation as a year may be to the rolling tides and shifting sands and hungry ghosts and quiet flowers and patient hawks and brooding hills and to the unhurried padded feet of dogs. What do they know anyway?

  15. Kentucky Angel

    Ann, I Honestly think it’s TIME to wish you a very Happy New Year, before 2015 is gone and I have to get used writing 2015 on everthing.

    • I’ll let you know when I get used to writing 2015 on everything. Before that, though, I can honestly tell you how much I love connecting with you here!

  16. Honestly Ann, every time I come here I know I will find honesty. I love you, your blog and your honesty! ❤
    Diana xo Happy New Year!

  17. I should have followed you earlier! But I’m here for the New Year and the New Ride! Happy New Year to you too!

  18. Happy New Year, Ann. With all the good and God’s blessings it has to offer. My guess on the chocolate you chose: the shooting star. That would have been my choice.
    -Alan

  19. I liked the video just so you know , I think you did well for your last post of 2014, now to 2015 which I hope is a bloody great year for you and yours

    • Thanks for letting me know all of this. Honestly, I’m glad to know you. Here’s hoping a fabulously great year for you and yours, too.

  20. I remember my xylophone!! Thanx for this!

  21. Happy New Year to you 🙂

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