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Birthday Wishes

My horoscope keeps telling me to go forth in the way I intend to be. It says with Jupiter in motion, I’m headed into the “luckiest” year in a decade, one that holds the promise of growth, stability and love. ~ Bring it on!

Even though I only blog once a week, the topic doesn’t always come easily or show itself readily. Sometimes it jumps out at me at the beginning of the week and by Friday, I’m in edit-mode. Other times, I’m at a loss. Lately, my weeks have been filled with events, expected and unexpected, and it hasn’t always been clear to me what to write about. When the topic isn’t clear, it often means there’s something tugging at my insides, gnawing at my thoughts, wanting to be recognized and released and for-whatever-reason, I ignore it until I find myself scrambling to put something together at the eleventh hour, a place I do not like to be but where I finally allow whatever it is to surface.

This week I felt stumped — again.

There is of course, the huge elephant in my room that I could write about. The senseless event that occurred at my new house, during the first week of my move that I can’t seem to find the meaning or message in. It’s so freakishly bizarre, that I can hardly process it. I can’t wrap my brain around it, let alone write about it —yet anyway. And, there are always those thoughts and feelings that linger in my mind that are too personal to reveal or express to the blogging world. Those are best kept private and close to my heart. I often struggle with not wanting to get too personal in my blog but needing to be true to whatever it is that I am feeling strongly about at the time.

When I finally sought advice from my ten-year-old editor, she told me to write about my birthday which was this week. She’s truly insightful although this seemed too simple. I rejected the idea until I sat down to see what words would flow.

My birthday.

She was right. I received so many warm, lovely wishes from old and new friends; people near and far who I often think about. I was surprised and touched by some. I heard from people I love and miss – a lot. I took a risk, spoke a truth and it was reciprocated in kind. It gave me pause and cause to think about my happiness, what I want, who and how I intend to be.

I had dinner with my family. We talked. We laughed. My kids came home and played Dance Central 2 on XBOX-KINECT. It was fun, a real treat for me to watch them dance, giggle and enjoy their time together.  It was the BEST gift I could ask for.

It was simple.

Life comes with so many complications, trying to keep things simple, is my resolution this year. It’s the theme that keeps replaying itself in my head. My birthday and keeping it simple is what’s been strongly on my mind this week, that which would not go away, bringing with it messages that tugged at my heart.

There’s something to be said for the attitude we maintain and the thoughts we allow to occupy our minds. It takes effort to stave off pessimism and not wallow in the comfort of one’s own sorrows, the could-have, would-have, should-haves, that can easily take root and grow in our current state of being– if we let them.

At this end of one year and beginning of another, I can’t help but reflect upon what is now and the possibilities that can be. I’ve come to realize that choosing to create my own happiness takes resolve, hard work and starts with keeping things simple. I’m staying away from the could have, would have, should haves and going forward the way I intend to be, leaving nothing out of my realm or reach, becoming closer to the person I used to be; bursting with color, energy and excitement about the possibilities that lay ahead of me.

Photo Credit #1: Capricorn Woman-Google Images

Photo Credit #2-4: Karen Szczuka Teich & Takingtheworldonwithsmile.com

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  1. January 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I like how you find the beauty of the moment and its simplicity. Truly, those are the things that last in our hearts.


  2. January 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thanks, RD. Your comments are appreciated. 🙂


  3. January 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Great post, and Happy Birthday. 🙂


  4. January 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Thanks so much, Bob!


  5. Kelly
    January 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Love it Aunt Karen! I felt a sense of Bliss here! Glad to see it! ~Kell


  6. anita
    January 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, Karen. Happy post, too!


    • January 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      As always, thank you so much for reading & commenting Anita!


  7. January 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Like we say in the program, “Old dreams awaken, new possibilities arise.” Here’s to a great year!


  8. Julie
    January 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Now that is the way to start a new year! Actually, it is a good approach to all of the new days we are given. One of your best posts yet Karen. Loved meeting you, Kim’s Mom


    • January 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Julie thank you so much. The feelings are mutual. It was a pleasure to meet you. Kim is an awesome teacher and a very special person!


  9. singleworkingmomswm
    January 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    “My horoscope keeps telling me to go forth in the way I intend to be. It says with Jupiter in motion, I’m headed into the “luckiest” year in a decade, one that holds the promise of growth, stability and love. ~ I’m a believer!” I believe, too! I believe, too! 🙂 What a tremendous post, full of reality, thought, honesty, and genuine character. I love the pictures-they are precious. “I’m staying away from the could have, would have, should haves and going forward the way I intend to be…” I love this quote-it resonates newness, passion for life, and strength. Such a great way to ring in the new year, to “just say no” to what was, and welcome with open arms what is to come. I look forward to being with you in spirit as the ride twists and turns. I’m excited: for you and with you! And, I have to say…Maycee’s going to give you big shout out about those red nails-Capricorn red?? “…bursting with color, energy and excitement…” Fab-u-lous! 🙂


    • January 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      WooHoo and THANK YOU Kasey! A little conservative with a sparkle and splash of flash. That’s Capricorn RED!!!


  10. Anonymous
    January 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    i love you!! your a great mom!!


  11. January 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hmm…Thank you, anonymous!


  12. January 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday Ms. Karen! It appears you have some awesome kids! Congrats! I look forward to hearing your stories and secrets to your success..

    ~ Andy


    • January 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you, Andy and ditto.


  13. Veronica
    January 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    you look beautiful!


    • January 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you, Veronica. 🙂


  14. Jim
    January 21, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I’m way late here – but Happy Birthday Karen!!


    • January 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thanks, Jim! And hey, I started reading The Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo again. We’ll see! 🙂


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