I have been frantically working on my New Year’s resolutions since I last posted. Not surprisingly, some are going better than others. At least the house seems to be better organized than during the holidays. Most of the flurry of activity, though, has been leading to this one big Collaboration:
The Launch of
Starting now, The Gracious Posse is a new lifestyle website celebrating the art of living in an emptying-nest. This site seems the natural progression from the me-center of Avad Fan to the we-focus of the Posse who share our life journey. Join my dear friend Ellen and me, along with a growing Posse, as we use our blessings to create our way into a gracious life that no longer is almost completely devoted to raising children.
The Gracious Posse will be posting everyday with a weekly round-up on Sundays. Posts will range from inspirations to recipes and how-tos to good and beautiful works happening around town, as well as across the country. We will also soon begin offering unique and hard to find products that we believe will appeal to our Posse. We hope that The Gracious Posse will become the one place that you want to visit with your cup of coffee in the morning or your glass of wine at night.
Avad Fan will remain on-line so that you can get to the Recipes (it’s one feature of this site that I use all the time, especially in the grocery store), as well as the Archives. I have loved building Avad Fan with your wonderful support. This blog has taught me so much about the on-line world. Now I feel ready to embrace my new career as a creative entrepreneur in collaboration with my smart, fun and practical friend, Ellen. I sure hope that you will come share the journey at The Gracious Posse.
Thank you for everything!With grateful love, Alison a/k/a Avad Fan
P.S. Definitely stop in at The Gracious Posse tomorrow to find out who in the heck the Gracious Posse is after all.
How is it 2013 already? Annually I inevitably ask, “Why does the end of year have to come at the same time as Christmas?” There’s just too much to do and plan in such a short amount of time.
I do have some big plans for 2013, and the resolutions that go with them all happen to begin with the letter C. Hence “The Year of Living C”. By posting these resolutions, I am now accountable to you for putting them into action. Please help me to remember them.
This is the healthy living portion of my annual “Lighten Up” resolution. This year I want to focus on condensing (a/k/a reducing) my consumption and my stuff. We all know that too much of anything (except love) is not good. I hope that the word “Condense” can become my mantra
for shrinking this 50-something belly fat (thank you, menopause) and leading me to a more organized life with less clutter in my home and in my brain.
I really want to “Consider” all others whom I meet. Years ago, I was part of a DOCC (Disciple of Christ in Community) group at my church. One of the many wonderful results of it was the renewed conscience awareness of Christ’s presence in every human being. The awakening of what should not have been a revelation helped me begin to really try to make a connection with each person whom I encountered. Over time since that year-long course, I have gotten lazy in my efforts, but the recent wave of “Random Acts of Kindness” have reminded me that it is time to start refocusing on others.
Ironically, this wave of kindness, sometimes accompanied by a cute little card like the ones above that I spotted on Pinterest, has arisen from the ashes of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook and has reminded me that the light of God dwells in each one of us. How then can I not be considerate of each person whom I encounter? I also need to remember that consideration starts at home, and then I can carry this practice out into the world.
My son’s school has been telling us that the buzz word for education in the 2010s is “Collaboration”. Without collaboration, our children will not be able to navigate the global economy that they will face as adults.
2013 is the year that I embrace collaboration. Much more news on that will be coming soon, so please stay tuned. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
In the meantime, what have you got planned for 2013? I look forward to seeing it all unfold.
The happiest of New Years to you and your loved ones!
May your home be filled with full-blown smiles this Christmas Day!
I prepared this post to be published before yesterday’s unfathomable tragedy. As we all mourn for the innocence lost and made even more painful by its occurrence during this season of hope and light, we know that we cannot let evil stop our preparations for the coming of Jesus. With unbound sympathy for the parents and families of the victims in Newtown, Connecticut, I pray that these Christmas decorations and traditions will comfort and remind us how much we need the grace and comfort of Jesus Christ not just during this incongruous holiday season but all the year long.
The annual Christmas decorations are finally up, and all but a box or two has been returned to the attic. Now it’s time to find and arrange the flowers and greenery that will hopefully take us past Christmas Day. My Three Chopt Garden Club has been my source of floral inspiration (hence “Floraspiration”). These designs that a small group of us created for the Kent-Valentine House, as well as the elegant green and white arrangements created by some talented ladies for our Club’s annual Christmas party, have inspired me to try some new looks this year.
Are you feeling inspired to get arranging yet?
All photos by Avad Fan on iPhone.
Better Late than Never
After twenty-five years of collecting Christmas decorations with the Hub, I am up to my eyeball in red and green boxes. Of course, we don’t use all of the items contained inside them, but I do take a walk down memory lane with each box opened. Like everything else, I should lighten up and let many of these go to Goodwill, but then will the memories of Christmases past go with them, too?
I can’t risk that. Nevertheless, while I am digging through this pile to create our 2012 Christmas, I will keep reminding myself of the simple beautiful of this stunningly executed tree. It is such an inspiration to lighten up.
Tinselled tree spotted on the St. Catherine’s School Holiday House Tour last weekend.