over50feeling40: My Top 11 Priorities for 2011
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Dec 30, 2010

My Top 11 Priorities for 2011


I am one of “those” people…you know…we see the glass half full rather than half empty….and, I am well aware, annoys, the half empties. But, just because life is life, I also have my moments when I struggle with the “down and outs.” About eight years ago, I had to live with three children, one husband, my mother and my mother-in-law (MIL) in my MIL’s house!! My friends kept informing me that I was insane, but it was a necessary evil while we sold a house and purchased another. My mother was there to care for the MIL who broke her hip while chasing down our dog! Got the picture

I came out of that moment pretty scarred to say the least and thought I had lost my joy forever. Somehow though, I found it after turning 50 and going through a personal crisis…. an eye opening, defining moment.

So, this year, I plan to live with joy every day….no matter what comes my way! It’s a goal! We will see how I do, but the game plan is to:

1. Just take one day at a time…which means, I do not ponder the future a lot.

2. I do not take myself or my circumstances too seriously....laughing and singing are key parts of this!

3. I understand that I exist for a purpose and look each day for ways to fulfill it as a mother, wife, teacher, friend, writer, and now blogger.

4. I also know that I am not alone and have a place to go for refreshment, encouragement and guidance!

5. I desire to inspire and encourage as many people as possible for that brings joy to me.

It is very stylish to be JOYFUL! A smile can turn any outfit around!

Even when your umbrella is broken, choose joy!!

In honor of JOY, I chose this outfit! It represents joy to me and brings a smile for several reasons…..

1. I really love the royal blue!

2. This scarf was a surprise Christmas gift from a friend and I was really touched she thought of me.

3. When I wear this outfit, look in the mirror, I smile!

Hair looks gross because it is really raining and San Antonio
needs it!!  Rejoice!

Long Cardigan from Stein Mart

Black Travelers Cami from Chicos

Scarf, gift, from Ann Taylor’s Loft

Jeans, Lane Bryant



  1. I am soooooooooo fortunate to have found you, your charisrma, your wisdom,and so many other adjetives that enrich my life.
    2011 is going to be FANTASTIC!!!

  2. I adore your outfit!! And between your look and you OUTlook I am feelling rather joyous myself. Great suggestions, and thanks for your comments at Southern Comfort. We are so glad to have found you.

  3. This is a fun post - both the written message and the photos. I especially love the first photo - it made me smile.

    Have a great 2011!!

  4. Added to my blog list! Have a happy New Year!

  5. I love that your umbrella matches your shirt!
    Very chic
    Here's to great joy in 2011!

  6. Pam, a smile is always the best accessory and yours is absolutely infectious! 2011 is going to be GREAT. I can't tell you how glad I am that I met you...you bring me joy! :) ~Serene

  7. I love the blue umbrella and your royal blue outfit! It's quite grand! And, I think you've definitely already nailed the "inspiring" goal ... already! This year!

  8. I'm so glad I found you this year! And how nice of you to do a whole post about me! ;)

    Here's to even more joy in 2011!!

  9. that is a great resolution and an outlook that everyone should adopt.
    have a joyful 2011!

    Chic on the Cheap

  10. You look fabulous in the blue! You have some great resolutions and in general a wonderful outlook on life! :) Happy New Year!

  11. Love your look :) Blue is my favourite too, love the way you put this together and a great sentiment too!

    Have a most excellent year!


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