Look back. Smile back.

new year

Another Christmas slipped away.  The last week of the year is that nebulous time we are not sure about –  either we want it to last longer, or jump straight into the New Year.  Some people spend this time frantically trying to tie up loose ends; some are adding fresh illusions to their New Year’s resolution lists; some just enjoy these unstructured, lazy days.

It is not uncommon for people to look back at the year that was.

Did anything extraordinary happen to you in 2015? The most extraordinary thing I can think about is that I have seen the Blood Moon twice  – first in April in the USA, and then in September in Ireland.

moon usa

moon eire

My daughter and her family have been  a source of joy,  as always. My friends were always there for me too.  I cannot recall any major disappointment that would take me by surprise.  The older I get the less surprised I am about anything. Don’t get me wrong – I am in awe of the world around me – it is not a surprise that the world  is awesome.


I have met amazing people…

…and have got new experiences.

I do appreciate friendship…

… but I can go solo if need be. This year was a great challenge.

Christmas is about family and home. New Year is about our global family. If you ever stood in the city square during the New Year’s Eve countdown, you know what I mean.

Look back, and smile back – you have had happy moments, you have overcome adversity, you have been appreciated. Look ahead and don’t be afraid.  Another 366 (!) days of photography, writing, painting,  studying, traveling, reading and pondering.  You will find exactly what you are looking for. Living is the best opportunity for being victorious.

Happy, prosperous, safe, healthy, amazing New Year to you all!

With much love



  1. Oh dear Inese, what a beautiful post before the New Year – I am sorry just reading it now. You are positive about life. How cool is that to see the moon at different continent on the same year! May the year 2016 bring you more wonderful things to enjoy (and to photograph 🙂 ).

        1. Sheri, I am so sorry, words just cannot express! As if he hasn’t had enough… Hope to hear more on Monday. Sending you two my prayers of comfort, and my love. xx

          1. Hello, Inese. It’s Friday and I hope I’m home for the day. It’s been a long week of doctor appointments and more doctor appointments. Your prayers are most appreciated. Tom’s in terrible pain and after hours of research, there’s nothing more than can do. He’s not a candidate for surgery so it’s going to be months and perhaps longer before he heals in a compression cast.
            Hope to see some of your blogs and photos this weekend. Always, with my love. Sheri

            1. Oh Sheri, what a terrible week you have had. I only hope that the pain goes away when the healing process sets in, but there is also the mental pressure you both have to handle. I can only send my prayers and love, and most positive thoughts.
              I will post my blog tomorrow.
              Many Hugs! Inese

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