Remain The Same For 2012

My first time ever doing Fadra’s famous Stream of Consciousness and her prompt is so good to pass this time around.

There is more than a mile long list that has been my annual new year’s resolution throughout the year. Shed more weight, getting back in shape, bla bla bla…oh so many things I wish I can change but Fadra’s prompt pushed me to think hard about what I don’t want to change in 2012.

See how fast and easy it is to come up with lists of what we want to change but sometimes when asked what we’re most grateful for and not wanting to change them we have to think extra hard, I know I did.

So, what I don’t want to change in 2012? Let’s see:

1. My friendships with great friends that I have found here. Friends who understand where I’m coming from and have been there for me pretty much through it all.

2. My will power to plow ahead no matter life threw at me. After the hell I’ve been through…I’m sure I could take anything.

3. The bond between my son and I. He’s been saying “I will give you hundred, thousand, million hearts, Mommy.” Every night after I told him “I love you to the moon and back, Pumpkin” he melts my heart all the time.

4. My family, I know I keep talking about how closely knit we are together but 2011 has strengthen our bond as we sailed through so many pain, sorrows and grieves together. I can only wish that 2012 will bring my parents and family lots of good health.

5. My ex-inlaws. I may have been officially divorced from their son but my mother in law, my aunt in law is still very much a part of my life and they will forever be. I love them to pieces and I’m thankful to have them in my life.

How bout you? What do you want to keep the same for 2012?





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    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 10:03 am

      Thanks Gabriela, it is so much quicker to see what we wants instead of counting our blessings. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  1. January 2, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    Love that you are kicking off the new year with SOC! I have inked up several times and I plan to do it a lot more this year.

    your son…..he melts my heart…>>I will give you hundred, thousand, million hearts, Mommy.
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    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 10:05 am

      Thanks Robbie. My first time with SOC but I’m loving it and plan to join more 🙂

  2. January 2, 2012 / 5:03 pm

    What a great concept, what don’t you want to change in 2012. You’re right, it is so much harder than working out what you do want to change. This is something I’m going to give a lot of thought. I’m am sure there is much good in my life that i don’t want to change.
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    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 10:08 am

      Hi Georgia, thanks for stopping by and yes, it’s funny how it was harder to think back and focus on the things we don’t want to change instead of what we ‘wants’.

  3. January 2, 2012 / 10:33 pm

    I love this! It’s so hard to focus on the blessings we have. Great list! I would not change our recent move. It’s been one of the most amazing journeys for our family! 🙂
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    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 10:42 am

      Thanks Adrienne. Here’s to an awesome year ahead of you! 🙂

    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 10:44 am

      Amen! Thanks for being a friend, Maria. I truly value having you in my life 🙂

    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 10:46 am

      Thanks, Shell 🙂

    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Kimberly. Happy New Year to you 🙂

  4. January 3, 2012 / 2:12 am

    I think one of the reasons we (read me) fail at resolutions is because we try to make so many dramatic changes without acknowledging the positive we have already accomplished. I look forward to reading more of your blog. I’m glad you linked up with Fadra! Great post.
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    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 11:55 am

      I think you are right. We put so much efforts to make a shiny resolution lists but mostly we would fail them. Thanks for visiting and I’m glad to connect with you from SOC Sunday 🙂

  5. January 3, 2012 / 3:15 am

    It was so hard to do the flip and think of things not to change, wasn’t it? Even as I thought about it, I thought of more things I want to change. But your list is lovely. Happy New Year!

    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 12:22 pm

      Yes, it was…Tricia but I realized there are things that I don’t want to change. Thank you and Happy New Year 🙂

    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you Jessica 🙂

  6. January 3, 2012 / 6:51 am

    Love this idea! And love that you’re also close with your ex-in-laws. I’m fairly close to my ex’s brothers and sisters. We’re in different cities, so we’re not that close (which is probably a good thing in the end), but they are great aunts and uncles, and I’m grateful that they make the effort to remain a part of the girls’ lives.
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    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks April. My inlaws are very close to my son too so I’m just happy we could still connect and maintain a very close relationship 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Maureen
      January 3, 2012 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks Tina. Having boys is so much fun isn’t? 😉

  7. January 4, 2012 / 8:35 pm

    I really REALLY love that you chose to focus on what you hope will remain the same rather than changes to make. Such a great list too– after all that happened with my father last month, I appreciate my Costa Rican family even more. I mean, I’ve always adored them, but I’m determined to visit more often now (every 1-2 years vs every 5 years like we’ve been doing). Plus, Facebook does wonders for keeping up with far away family!

    Hope your 2012 is full of awesome!

    • Maureen
      January 9, 2012 / 6:21 pm

      Yeah, Facebook rocks in letting families get updates on photos and the likes, isn’t? That’s a wonderful news that you guys will be ‘going home’ more, Melissa. I salute you for that and I understand where you’re coming from. I too hope I could visit my inlaws sometimes soon. It’s been 3 years since they last see my son. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Maureen
      January 9, 2012 / 6:22 pm

      I need a like button for this! Thanks, Nami 😀

  8. January 8, 2012 / 8:35 am

    I love, love, love this post. My son and I are super close and it makes my world go round. Yes it IS hard to come up with the positive. I had trouble too but I’m so glad you did!
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    • Maureen
      January 9, 2012 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks for the prompt, Fadra! It works wonderfully as we all got to pretty much counts our blessings 😀

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