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Snow, Winter Wonderland, Media Noche and the New Year!

Woke up, and drove to the park thinking I can probably squeeze in a last run for the year.

Driving towards the park, I noticed a few really dedicated runners all geared up and already running.

But not me…it’s just way too icy for me.

So instead I just did my virtual run in my head, grabbed my beat-up Cannon PowerShot digital camera, and clicked away!

I just love winter wonderland! I’m not so sure about shoveling all that four feet of snow from this week's snow storm, but I still think snow is beautiful!
When I’m on top of a mountain at Smuggler’s Notch, Vermon skiing there’s this feeling I just can’t explain. No one adjective to describe it. And for me, it keeps me in check about my faith, my purpose in life.

That’s probably why I love coming here to “my” Park. The tranquility and calmness of a newly snowed-in park – untouched, pristine and serene. It gives me peace, recharges and inspires me to be able to do any task I put my heart and mind into.

It makes a blurry path to the future…

clear, and with direction!

In the other corners of the world, my family in the Philippines are celebrating the New Year’s with fireworks, Media Noche meals that include a lot of “round and circular” shaped food (a Filipino tradition for hope of a prosperous new year), kids jumping up and down (hoping to grow a few inches), money in the pockets (hoping to have much more), and laughing, dancing and singing with family and friends.

There’s this hole in my heart that remains unfilled, because my family is not complete.

But I know that there’s a season and a time for every reason.

As I was reading today’s Daily Hope reading, it reminded me of what my parents have always taught me and my brothers:

“Serve others in love without distractions, being all there, focused on them.
  Sometimes we serve others simply through our presence.”

As we say good-bye to 20Ten, may 20Eleven bring much love, peace, faith and hope.

When the kids were little, every New Year’s Eve, I used to ask them to write what they’ve done the past year and what they look forward to accomplishing in the coming year.

I’m sure now that they’re all grown-up and celebrating the New Year’s away from home, they still somewhat reflect on what the past had been and what the present-and future can bring!

This year, I have one big New Year’s resolution and I have 12 monthly goals for the year.

( I think breaking up the goals into 12 attainable ones, will make it easier for me to work my way into completing that one big goal for 20Eleven!)

Happy New Year, everyone!
Keep smiling :)

PS: Do you want to stay fit and help the American Red Cross at the same time? If so, please join me to help fund-raise in the Treadmill 10K . Click HERE for details. (The RedCross Treadmill icon is on the right hand corner, too)


  1. Happy New Year to you and may God bless you and your family richly! Thanks for encouraging me!

  2. Happy New Year, Jenjen!

    May 2011 be a year of wondrous and joyous possibilities for you and yours!!

  3. Beautiful post and beautiful pictures!
    I pray we have a new year filled with health, laughter, music and dreams realized for all our crumbcatchers and all my children.
    Love, Mom

  4. Happy New Year!

    I just love looking at your pictures especially because I know how close this beauty is to me. It reminds me that there is beauty in everything if you just stop to look at it.

  5. Wow, it's gorgeous over there!! My kids would love that!!

    Happy New Year, my friend!

  6. Oh my gosh, I wish I were there! it's so beautiful and peaceful looking...definitely on my wish list for the New Year!


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