Making Changes

I love new beginnings! As a homeschooling mom, I always looked forward to September when we would open pristine books and delve into a fresh curriculum as we began new projects and a new schedule. The first of January is another anticipated new beginning for me. The rush of another wonderful Christmas is past, the pine needles are swept up and the decorations are put away. The house feels oddly sparse yet incredibly open to new possibilities and a list of new projects for the year ahead, somewhat like a blank piece of paper or unpainted canvas.

January is also a good time to look back on the past year and contemplate changes for the new. This past year, we added a new grandson to the family and our youngest daughter became engaged. Next summer we will be empty nesters after 30 years of raising children. Not long after that, my husband will retire.

In 2018, my hope is to spend more time with friends and family, get to know my new son-in-law-to-be, plan a fabulous wedding with my daughter, and build strong relationships with my two grandsons. All this takes time, but I believe caring for the ones you love is the best way to spend one’s life.

Of course, the time must come from somewhere, and I believe the good I am doing as a high school and college tutor opens doors of possibilities for my students, so that will continue on. Also, building community and creating memories for local families through Heritage Dance Events is something few can do, so I will continue to organize and create Grand Balls for the people in my town.

Up-a-do Unlimited will continue on too, but perhaps not at such a rapid pace. It has been two and a half years since I imported the first xylophones and created the initial twelve page song pattern book. I have learned a lot, meet wonderful people and created something that I hope will touch people’s lives for years to come.  I will continue to write books, teach, dance and spend more time with family and friends. I am looking forward to a joyful year, and wish you one as well!

Happy New Year!

Debra Newby