Dear New Year,

We haven’t met yet, but I want you to know that I think you’re going to be awesome! Therefore, I’m making great plans for you! I’m intending to enjoy every single day, appreciating them along the way. I plan to endure any challenging moments with grace and dignity and beg forgiveness in advance for any mistakes I may make in the academy of life. I’m grateful for the opportunities you will afford me and deeply value the people who will accompany my journey. I hope that together we discover wisdom and love and happiness abound. Please let me be a kinder, gentler, more patient and accepting version of myself and help me to empower other souls to discover their beauty. Let us learn whatever lessons we need to make the world a better place, giving us courage to take steps in the right direction. I hope you will be a year that people remember fondly, as one that lit the imagination, inspired gallant action, promoted peace and integrity and is associated with many happy memories. Well, I’m looking forward to greeting you in when the clock strikes twelve, but meanwhile may I express my love, appreciation and gratitude for my many blessing of 2011.

Thank you, for the sweet uplifting support of my wonderful family and our beautiful home. Gratitude to all of my friends for sharing our life and stories together- I can’t wait to see how your journey unfolds next year. Thanks to all my friends and family who got married this year: such beautiful memories we share. The places I’ve visited and new friends I made in Paris- you are all imprinted in my heart and what better place than Paris could it have been. Geneva and John Friend – WOW; so full of love. Humble appreciation goes to all of my teachers, (formal and informal) this year has been incredible, my learning elevated to the stars above! Thanks to my dog Buddy and his boundlessly brilliant character, for stepping out into nature on our own front door- for making me put one- foot- in-front-of- the-other and experiencing ‘the now’ together! I bow to each and every one of my Yoga Boutique Page friends, your love and support means the most! ♥ My twitter friends this year, you rock! Thank you to everyone and everything so far, I don’t even know where all this came from but this year has been about having the trust in myself to step into the currents of my own heart’s desires and TRUST they are right, let them guide me. And that came from ‘all’ of my experiences in the world so far. 2011 you were the year to remind me of this very powerful teaching!

Just so you’re aware, there’s a special wish on the top of my list, the one that’s written in my heart, so although I’m trying to be patient , if you could make that a priority I’d be extremely happy and thankful ♥- I’m holding that space for you!

…so 2011, what is assumed lost is rediscovered, what is assumed forgotten is remembered, and what is true is rejoiced. Any darkness we perceive as we journey 2012 is simply a backdrop for a growing radiant inner luminosity for which there is no vaccine. Thanks so much for this!

In this light we sparkle. Shine in, shine out, and shine on! :-)

Learn it. Live it. Love it with love, light and laughter in your heart

♥ Wendy xxx

P.S Here is a beautiful poem for the end of our year:

At The End of The Year

The particular mind of the ocean
Filling the coastline’s longing
With such brief harvest
Of elegant, vanishing waves
Is like the mind of time
Opening us shapes of days.

As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.

The days when the veil lifted
And the Soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.

Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seemed to have quenched.

The slow brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.

The darkened days that stopped
The confidence of the dawn.

Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A steam of buried tears loosened.

We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination
John O’Donohue
♥ ♥ ♥