Happy New Year!

Good riddance, 2013.  Dwelling on the negative accomplishes nothing so I’ll focus on the highlight of my year:  we escaped California.  My children met for the first time and they live happily under the same roof.  We’re all living in Germantown.  Our family is reunited.  Adam and Tatum created valuable memories together.  As their mother I’ll always cherish those first few months of their interaction as siblings.

Other highlights from this bittersweet year include my job and my boyfriend.  How grateful I am to work in an environment where I love what I do and count my colleagues amongst my best friends.  It is such a blessing to be employed by the greatest shoe store ever.  And I thank my better half for being so supportive of everything I do.  Z, you’re a gift from above.  I love you with every ounce of my being.

Six Flags Jazzland in New Orleans

Six Flags Jazzland in New Orleans

Let us appreciate a fresh start as this horrific year comes to a close, a blank slate.  Do not ignore the past; conversely, learn from it to make a better future.  These haunting images of abandonment and decay serve as a metaphor for things left behind.  I find the photos both eerie and intriguing– and would jump at the opportunity to explore some of these ‘ruins.’  Here’s to hoping this year includes as much exploration and travel as my schedule can manage.

selfcareMs. B, a teacher of mine from Hutchison, shared the above image with me when I posted a Facebook status asking friends what they did to stay healthy. My overall mission [notice I don’t say resolution] for the upcoming year centers around being the best person I can be– making positive life choices; treating myself well; staying healthy; surrounding myself with quality individuals; eliminating as much stress and negativity as possible; trying new things; and parenting in a loving and effective manner where I lead my kids by example.  And, uh, I’ll try to blog more.  😉

Are you the resolution type?  Here’s 25 of them to help you ring in the new year.

Bring it on, 2014!

Bring it on, 2014

This marks my last post of 2013, thank God.  I cannot wait to update after the clock strikes midnight!  If you’re hitting the town tonight please be safe.  Don’t drink and drive.  Come prepared with a designated driver– or if that fails call a cab.  Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and blessed 2014.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,



About Cocktails With Hemingway

I'm blunt and opinionated. Virtually everything I say or do is a contradiction but I'm not a hypocrite. I never hesitate to speak my mind and never fail to leave an impression wherever I go. You love me, you hate me, but you'll never forget me.
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2 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. You are one amazing lady, Sloane Wilke-Reed. I wish we would have become better friends while you were in California but I am at least thankful that we met. I do hope that I’m not one of the California memories you’d like to forget about because I know we’ve had our moments. But in the end, I think you are a tremendously wonderful person and I honestly believe that just having met you, made a difference in my life. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for that.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Kathy. I’m thankful we met too– and you are definitely amongst the friends I made in California that I hold dear to my heart. Any differences we may have had are in the past. Both of us were dealt some….interesting….hands this year. Your strength and resilience inspires me. I wish you a wonderful 2014 and hope we stay in touch regularly!

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