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New Year, New Attitude


I don’t make New Year Resolutions. I have made resolutions in the past, but it was more of a nod to peer pressure, an answer to “What are your New Year Resolutions?” So I made a few frivolous resolutions that even though weren’t really serious, I still felt like a failure when I didn’t follow through. 

This year is different. No, I’m not making New Year Resolutions but I am copping a new attitude. 
I’ve been in a pretty low place most of 2015 and especially since early November. I’ve let things get under my skin. I’ve let negativity invade my life. I’ve been angry about things that were out of my control. 

Some things I won’t be able to change. I’ve been a paraplegic for 39 years. Aching shoulders and lower back pain make using my wheelchair more difficult. Things don’t come as easy for me as they did 15 years ago. Simply picking something up off the floor is a three-step-process. Getting a shower and dressing take about 30 minutes longer than it did 3 or 4 years ago. The thing that bothers me the most, I’M NOT THAT OLD. I can’t de-age and I can’t stand the thought of any more surgeries. 

2016 is a time for me take control of my thoughts. Time to find the courage I seem to have misplaced. To find the positive attitude that evaded me for most of 2015. It is a time for a new attitude.  
Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. And to myself, “Welcome back Judy! You may have momentary setbacks or even days of lapsing in to frustration, but you will find your way.”  

I created this tag using a combination of Artistic Outpost stamps (Picture Star set), Prima flowers, and Tim Holtz die cuts and embossing folders.