As The Year Turns


As I sit here, over my first coffee of the year, I’m revisiting the idea of a year end posting.  The topic has been bouncing around in my head since Xmas, but I’m still unsure of how to structure it? Do I fall in step with other bloggers posting their resolutions? Do I follow the newspapers with a Year in Review? Or the radio stations with a top 100 count down?

I could do a…

  • Resolutions Post
    • but I have never been a New Year’s resolution kind of person.  If it’s important why wait ’til New Year’s? If you need to make a change, make it already!  If it can wait, then why bother.
  • Year in Review Post
    • though truth be told, many of the major world events that happened in 2005 had no impact on me.  I didn’t see any of the TV coverage of the Tsunami (I only had radio).  I was too busy dealing with dad’s stroke to pay more than cursory attention to any of the subsequent world crisis, and this stupid election is getting in the way of promoting the upcoming CheapEats… so I guess that is out.
  • Personal Year in Review Post
    • well, last year kind of sucked and I’m not all that interested on dwelling on it even more.  Anyone who’s likely to read this already knows I turned 40, got off the island, got a lot of ‘tude from a doctor in NB with a major chip on his shoulder, got to (had to?) teach my dad to speak again, and spent a big chunk of the fall blind-sided by more sickness than I’ve experienced in 5 years which has caused the book to be delayed more times than I care to admit.
    • On the upside – I turned 40, I got off the island, my dad is doing great! I’m crazy in love with my man. (shh don’t tell him), and none of the stupid sicknesses are anything serious or permanent. I got to spend Xmas and New Year’s surrounded by people who I love. In 2005, I’ve been repeatedly blown away by my incredible friends’ generosity of spirit!
  • Count Down Post
    • listing and thanking all the people who have touched my life in 2005 has great appeal… but I’m not sure the blog could handle a list that big.  I’d also have to limit the list to a pithy number – 10, 50, or 100. What happens to the people don’t make the list? People who have touched me deeply in the last year with their words, their support, their care or even a well-timed hug? Does not including them diminish the impact they have had? Does it create a economy of support where a hug is worth 3 smiles less than an emergency drive to the airport? It’s just too confusing.

I guess the right thing to do is simply wish everyone a joy-filled, wondrous and wildly prosperous 2006!
May your world be filled with love, happiness and fulfillment.Happy New Year!

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

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