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I Am Full of Insatiable Hope for 2013 (and an updated contact and resources page)

I’m a sucker for stuff like this (Google’s year-end video):

I’ve read and heard how so many of us are saying good riddance to 2012, but when I see videos like the one above, I’m reminded yet again of what a pretty awesome world we live in. (Don’t you love the polar bear at 2:22? Awwwww!)

2012, a leap year, was made up of 366 days that are now gone from our lives. We’ll never have those days or that time again. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to waste anymore of my days or squander time or spend my life living in the past when I have no way of knowing how much time I’ll have in the future. I’ve done enough of that. I’m ready to live.

I hope that everyone reading this is fortunate enough to live — truly live, not just exist — and to fully experience each of 2013’s 365 days. I hope they find you happy, healthy, kind and grateful.

I recently told a friend, “I am still full of insatiable hope.”

Insatiable… isn’t that a great word?

And it’s true, I am. Insatiable. I’m very very excited about 2013… Hopeful, optimistic, encouraged. I have a few key areas of my life I plan to focus on, and I look forward to using this blog as a way of capturing and sharing the highs and the lows of the coming year. Don’t worry, I’m working on that post now for later this week. While I’ve enjoyed my mini-hiatus, I’m excited about writing and running and searching and sharing with you.

* I recently updated my “Contact and Resources” page. If you would like to e-mail me for any reason, you’ll find my info there. And if you are starting this year a little less hopeful and excited than I, and you need some help from someone but you don’t know where to turn, I have a full listing of help and contact numbers and resources. Or if you are excited about getting sober or clean, you’ll find some links and info there too. (Don’t forget I keep a “Recovery Blogroll” of other great sober bloggers–many of whom focus primarily on sobriety in their writing. We all have our own styles and focuses, so check a few out if you are sober or working on it.)

I hope you all enjoy this first day of 2013! To my sober friends, isn’t it nice to not be hung over today?! To my non-sober friends, (in my whispered tone), been there done that haha, drink lots of water today and pop a few Advil and read this from lifehacker.

Good luck to my Georgia Bulldogs who play Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl today. Go Dawgs! Sic ’em! Woof, woof, woof! (Yeah, it’s a Georgia thing. :) )


Waking up this morning, I smile,
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.  Thich Nhat Hanh


It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.  Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can,
tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely,
with too high a spirit to be cumbered
with your old nonsense.  Ralph Waldo Emerson


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30 replies

  1. It is much better to live than to just be. The past year has had it’s ups and downs. A new set of 365 has begun. I plan to make the best of each one. Thanks for starting the year off with hope!


  2. I love insatiable! I can’t wait to see what 2013 is going to hurl at me, I’m ready, willing and able. For the first time in 26 years alcohol does not have a place on my resolutions list and I have room for so much more.
    Happy New Year, Mi Amiga!


    • Alcohol just permeated everything we ever tried to do, didn’t it? Not having it in our lives anymore really does leave room for so much more!
      Ready, willing and able… amen to that girlfriend.
      So happy to know you chica! xoxo


  3. Fantastic!
    Grab that attitude and carry it all through the year, RoS!


    • I sure hope to Guap. And on my crappy days, which I know there will be a few, hopefully that attitude will then carry me for a little while.

      (If not, then at least I know I can come on here to vent haha. I don’t have to do that often thank goodness, but I always feel better after I do.)

      So glad we met this year Guap. I’m glad the Clown hooked us up!


  4. Happy New Year, Christy! I have good feelings about 2013 too. Here’s to a great year full of insatiability!


    • Happy New Year, Emily! I’m really excited to see the new focus in both of our blogs. I think true, authentic writing and sharing helps the writer as much as the reader.

      You’re a wonderful lady and I’m so glad 2012 connected us.


  5. Been up since 4am stressing about my thesis and I feel like I’m hungover today, but I’m not!!!! So glad to have hangovers (physical and emotional, the guilt omg the guilt) gone from my life. Here’s to a fantastic 2013! Happy New Year to you my friend xxxx


    • Mrs D, I think you are just the coolest thing since sliced bread. And boy do I love my bread. And boy am I missing it since I’ve gone sugar-free with you wild and crazy women. That’s probably adding to the “hungover” feeling–adjusting to the new eating patterns, but just like pursuing your education, it’s an investment in your future.

      I wish you a happy happy 2013 too!!! So glad to know you, you’re amazing my friend!


  6. Insatiable hope. Love that phrase. And yes, I plan on having that for 2013 like you. That sounds like a great theme for Chapter 2013 of the story of our life.


  7. Happy New Year ! My first sober NYE. Starting to feel clean from the inside. Used to make a mask of clean to fool the world…….but now it is radiating from the inside.


    • Oh I can relate to the mask thing, believe me! Always trying to control what I projected to the world and, even more so, to myself.

      Clean….. Isn’t that another great word? That’s a big focus for me this year.

      Sober NYE’s aren’t bad, especially when you experience how wonderful a hangover free New Year’s Day can be.

      I’m so glad you commented! Congrats on the sober NYE, I’m very excited for you! -Christy


  8. Great attitude for any year but since it’s 2013 might as well put it into full swing.. You are always so positive, helpful and caring.. Insatiable is a great word too by the way !!
    Here’s to a great new year!!


  9. Yes! Insatiable hope! Have I told you lately how much I love your blog? I do! Today, my babies went back to school and I happy to get back to my semi-routine (I’m not going to exaggerate and say I have an actual routine!) and it’s so nice to get back to my blog roll and to open up your “happy, joyous and free” blog and read such hopeful sweetness is such a pleasure. Happy New Year, my friend. I hope it’s a beautiful one! Sounds like you’re off to a great start : D



    • Hey girlie, aww thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the blog. It’s been a nice way to help me focus on looking at things positively. Some days aren’t so happy or joyous, but I’m learning also that I can use the blog to work through those blah or crappy days too. I get a lot out of it and it’s so cool that you do too.

      The year is off to a nice start. Georgia won their game, I’m eating cleaner and healthier, I’ve run both days, and life has been calm. Can’t complain about too much at all.

      Thanks for making my day with your very sweet comment! xx


  10. Insatiable hope is beyond perfect. So glad you have it. Love the google video, I’m a sucker for those too. Your blog has been such an uplifting source of inspiration and information…so grateful to have you as a friend and looking forward to 2013 right alongside you.


    • I am full of insatiable gratitude for your friendship and support. Does “insatiable gratitude” even make sense? As much as “insatiable hope” does I guess. I have a feeling you know what I mean.

      Thanks for everything in 2012. Can’t wait to see where 2013 leads!


  11. “Insatiable Hope”! Love it. May 2013 see its challenges in the rearview and happiness straight ahead.


  12. So, so ready to not be “cumbered by my old nonsense”..god i love that!!

    Happy , happy new year, insatiable sounds like an amazing word…go for it!
    Why not, every drip, every drop, ever moment…want it ALL!!
    So glad 2012 brought me you!


    • That’s the true gift of having each day to begin anew, isn’t it?

      “cumbered by my old nonsense”

      I’ve had plenty of nonsense, and I’ll have plenty more, but so nice to not have to drag it around day to day like an overweight backpack. We can just let it all go…..

      Insatiable—yeah, I think I have a pretty good handle on that! Hahaha! Though I do adore that word. I need to mimic your last choice of “enough” :) There’s a BALANCE in there somewhere though (hint hint). I loved your OPEN post–can’t wait to get mine drafted up. Soooooon.

      So glad we “met”!!


  13. my dictionary paraphrases insatiable as: ‘(of an appetite or desire) impossible to satisfy: an insatiable hunger for success’. Go Girl! May the fire in your belly burn, baby burn!!! The yogis call the fire Agni and it’s there for purification of body, emotional body, intellect and more subtle, yet potent, our spirit.. of all negative desires/attachments. Boun appetite sister, with such an ‘insatiable hunger’ you will manifest a feast for life! Om Shanti


    • “Insatiable hunger”… ooh I like that too! A ‘Joie de vivre’ zest for life sort of thing… Nice!

      Agni–that’s a new term for me, thank you for sharing. That sounds right up my alley for this year. A purification from the negative. Perfect.

      Your comments always make me smile, thank you A!



  14. Happy New Year!!! <3 That video got me a little teary eyed. Cheers to another year of precious life!


    • And to you my kickass friend!
      Yeah, I’m not as emotional as I used to be, but that happy, hopeful, determination of the human spirit stuff gets me every time. Those runners with the bionic legs? *pass the kleenex please!*
      Cheers right back ‘atcha, may we continually appreciate and hold dear all that’s precious to us.



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