Monday, November 30, 2009

and we're back...

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How was your Monday? Was this your first day back in the world after Thanksgiving? How did it go?

Mine was a working Holiday, but it was good....BUT for some reason, it's now all catching up with me today and everything feels kind of crappy. ALL of it. Not just the Holiday weekend and the recent traveling, but everything that has gone on in the last year and not just in my life. So many people I know and others who I don't, but get the privilege to meet, have had a life changing year and NOT always in a good way.

The Holiday Season has a way of making the year that we lived through feel more amplified and when you see it up close, it's not always pretty but it can be hopeful. That's what I believe in, hope. So, as I go about the rest of this year trying to tie up loose business ends, resolve never ending challenges, try to spend time with family and friends and plan for all the stuff that 2010 holds, I vow to remember those in my life that are courageous daily and those that I don't personally know but who's stories are so loud and strong they are difficult to ignore. I will also share my luck & good fortune since others have shared their's with me.

In the meantime, I'm going into the last work phase of the day with homemade chocolate chip cookies and red wine. Is that wrong?

I feel better already. Don't judge.

Happy Holidays.

-angelo


17 comments:

Samantha said...

I'm with you! It's been a rough weekend. Who am I kidding, a rough year for many of us. I say raise another glass and save me a cookie! You're the best.

david john said...

yikes! a rough weekend for me, was just thinking about opening a bottle of wine.. i think i will now!

Dean said...

Beautiful. Just beautiful. The video made me weepy and the blog entry just brought on home. I am no looking feverishly through my cupboards for some wine and cookies. I love your blog.

Anonymous said...

I think we all agree on that one Angelo! This year has left alot to be desired...

Oops...I had the red wine last night...oh how I wish I had some chocolate ( cookies or otherwise ) to top it off! YUM!

Beth said...

That's a really lovely post, Angelo. I second your sentiments.

It's been a doozy of a year for so many. I'm not in the habit of hastening time, but I will be happy to ring in 2010 and leave 2009 behind. Usually, I include a letter with my holiday cards. This year, I didn't even try to write one. I reviewed my calendar and thought, "I can't spin anything good out of this."

Here's to a happy new year, truly.

Josh and Vicki said...

i felt better as soon as i saw the pictures of cookies and wine, it's not wrong it's self-medicating with natural products instead of prozac.. my personal prozac is diet coke & peanut m&ms, as martha would say 'it's a good thing'!

Jenn said...

YUP. I'm with you. This year sucked. Pass the bottle and put some more cookies in the oven.

I ♥ NY said...

i love this post :) chocolate chip cookies and red wine--the best medicine. looking forward a new year and a fresh start!

tale of many cities said...

no judgement here! and i can relate totally to your sentiment. there is so much going on in my own life, and those that i know and/or love... makes me feel guilty for even thinking of complaining.. but i AM human, afterall. so.. know you're not alone, and hope is the only true thing we can depend on. now.. pass the cookies! ;)
continued blessings,
-Tracie

Anonymous said...

I love it . so happy for you're inspiration. you are a great heart. Yes , It made me cry.

Arleen said...

Yes I agree that was a lovely post Angelo. For me this was the year of loss. I lost my father in February. So this holiday season,my family and I are learning how to deal with the void his passing left. I've been channeling the energy into my artwork. I have also learned to treasure the people who share your life with, present and absent. I lost alot this year,but I gained alot of insight as a person. Thank you Angelo for the inspiration you given me this year in blogs,tweets and soulfull designs. Happy holidays..Arleen

angelo said...

Arleen-
I am truly sorry for the loss of your Father. That is something that is never easy. All the best to you and your family as you go through this Holiday Season.

Continue to be creative!

Happy Holidays,
Angelo

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Angelo, I think you've had a year for 10 people. I don't know how you did it. Or keep doing it. Every time I read one of your posts, I think...Energizer Bunny. The man is unstopable! I've been lucky this past year. Except for taking on the HOA board, it's been good. Not so for so many I know though.
Cookies and wine sound great!
Take care,
Kelly

Wendi said...

Yes, I cried. This video was beautiful, sad, inspiring and well shot. Angelo, you are more inspiring to me and my family than you will ever know. I too don't know how you keep the pace you do and continue to inspire, but thank God you do because we benefit. Love your blog, your designs, and your laugh! Keep laughing my friend! Happy Holidays!!!

NYCLQ said...

I can totally relate to this post. After SIXTEEN YEARS of working for JCPenney as a Visual Specilist/Director, I too have become a part of the statistic of the UNEMPLOYED. The irony is I wanted the "change" to happen; it's still just kinda shocking when it does. After working in Retail for 25 years, this was the first BLACK FRIDAY I was off. It was strange. The good thing is I'm not as exhausted as I usually am when I decorate our home for Christmas. And this weekend, I'm even going to be able to decorate my mom's home. Although the job loss is financially stressful, the balance given is time: time for home, time for family, time for life, and time to reinvent myself. God Bless You and your talents Angelo and may "JOY" fill your Holidays and your life...

angelo said...

NYCLQ-

I'm sorry to hear that you were part of the "statistic" during this Holiday Season. It's an odd feeling to not be a part of something after such a long time! Your perspective is exactly what makes this country so great. SO many people are using this time to not only reinvent themselves but to strengthen each other. God Bless you and your family as well and continue to move forward, you really never know where it may lead.

-A

NYCLQ said...

ThX so much for the well wishes... your kind of support means a LOT and stregnthens my ambitions... Thank You for sharing your talents with us (viewers) and much continued inspirations in the upcoming year...

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