Photo credits to Windy Tevlin; Tevlin PhotographyYay! It’s 2011! Part of me dreads entering yet another new year because it reminds me of where I thought my life would be by this point in time, but part of me is excited because I am certain that the new year will give me new hope for a brighter, happier future.

My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy each day. I managed it, but it was difficult. Finding joyful things when you’re grieving can be a challenge. But I really do think that it helped me to be more comfortable with my grief. It helped to remind me that I can be happy even when there is sadness in my heart. More importantly, focusing on the joyful things made the sadness seem less painful.

I haven’t made a resolution for 2011. And to tell the truth, I don’t plan to make one this year. Instead, I just plan to continue on the path I’m already travelling. I plan to spend the year planning for my future and getting used to being Just Frances—a path that I’m still finding difficult, but one that is easier to travel knowing I have support along the way.

In a year’s time, I hope that I am well on my way to reaching my goals and that I am a happier person than I am today. (Which is a happier person than I was a year ago.)

I know I am being a bit vague and I apologize for that, but I am afraid of plans these days and am not quite ready to share my biggest dreams and plans here. Please know that I am very excited about the new year though, and about all of the greatness it has in store for me.

I hope that 2011 is filled with joy, peace, and happiness and all of the love and passion you can hold!