2015 in review

Thank you to everyone who shared 2015 with me!  I hope that our 2016 turns out to be our very best year yet!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Love,

Kati

 

 

P.S.  Here is the year in review wrap up report in case you were interested!!  🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

An Early Holiday Gift… The Sunshine Blogger Award!!

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Happy Holidays to all!  I want to thank each and every one of you for sticking with me this year through the roller coaster of life (and consequently sooo many fewer posts this year.)  I also want to thank FEMININEMATERZ for nominating the Ripple’s Edge for the Sunshine Blogger award!

This nomination means a lot to me as 2015 comes to a close, because there were many times this year I didn’t feel very sunshiny, but did my best to stay positive.  It’s really wonderful to be a part of this blogging community and to everyone who has interacted with me on WordPress this year, I say thank you.  You all are amazing and inspiring each and every day.

In order for the Ripple’s Edge to accept this radiant award I must complete the following:
1.Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.
2. Display the banner /sticker /logo on your blog.
3. Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

Seven facts about me:

  1. The past two years I have been working on breaking out of my comfort zone and at least a couple times a year trying something that I’ve been afraid to do or try.  It’s a slow process, but each time I break down a barrier I experience one of the most liberating feelings in the world.  I’d recommend it.  (And I’d also recommend you bring a trusted friend along.)
  2. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned this year is that some things, no matter how much we want to believe otherwise, are out of our control.  Always be open to possibilities but don’t spend your life waiting for a/your plan to work out before moving forward.  Move forward and a plan will come together.
  3. I have too many (Insert item here)  Examples include:  books, shoes, shirts, etc.
  4. My biggest pet peeve is when I lose something.  I will spend hours trying to find something I don’t even need right away because I don’t like not knowing where it is.
  5. I can cry on the spot.  I had to do it in a show I was in this past fall.  How do I do it?  I have lots of very visually strong memories and nostalgia makes me emotional.
  6. I am a Leo but was supposed to be a Cancer.  So now I think the universe is confused about who I actually am.  (It’s okay…you can laugh at this one, it’s supposed to be humorous.)
  7. I am horrible at telling jokes.  (See above.)

 

My nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award include:

  1. It’s a Britta Bottle!
  2. leaving planets
  3. storytime katie
  4. One Positive Blog
  5. Michael T Coe

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and the best new year yet!

Kati

 

 

 

Time for At Last

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And so comes that time
when the year’s nearly spent.
When the inspiration that fueled
new year’s resolutions and
determination to make this
the best year ever
begin to turn to embers.

It’s the time to remember
the faces and moments that changed our lives.
The joyful and the sad.

Sometimes remembering the happiest of these moments brings it’s own kind of sadness
we have to revist-
in a bout of exquisite
nostalgia.

So much can happen in this short span of days
that all run together and pass so fast.
Rewind all those seconds and minutes and moments
that slipped out of our grasp.

It’s time to remember the things that we thought would last,
those things that reminded us that nothing’s forever-
moments pass only once,
they are something to treasure.

And as the old year sings it’s last and final tune,
and as the page turns and the story renews
I hope that peace finds us,
here,
at the edge of the old and almost new year.
I hope that we safely and gently pass from the past to the future.
I hope it’s time for at last.

Family Fun: Christmas Town Edition

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Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle-shush
squeezing through the crowded crush
of the multiplying merry masses,
carloads, busloads-
all with paper passes
to congregate, celebrate the season of love and of lights.

Some witness holiday fights
as the shows fill,
friends and family spill
from the theaters back on to the streets
where space (and oxygen) are treats
to be savored
tis simply the flavor of holiday fun.
And, just think…
the month’s just begun.

Grounded for Life

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Copyright:  Kati Bergman 2015

The start of any journey
is a blend of hope and fear.
Now I find, my footsteps
have led my journey here.

Up and up I climb, the path not hard to take.
But sooner than I think, the group decides to take a break.

It’s fun.
I like this hike, this slow steady mountain climb
as I’m reintroduced to muscles I haven’t felt
in a very very (very) long time.

Up and up we tread
along a winding path and then-

Wait, what?

Where’s the trail?

(Silence)

I know you can not mean
to leave this lovely path of earth
(gulp)
and climb out into that sky
out to where the whole world can be seen!
[Word Deleted- Quite Obscene]

Heave ho!
You start to go,
I have no choice but to follow.
The path I tread is now way way way
way way way way far below
There’s no turning back now-trust me, I know.

I’ve never been so focused on the here and on the now.
Focused on my hands and feet,
My core,
(THE HEIGHT THE HEIGHT THE HEIGHT)
my sweaty brow.
I’m going to be glad I did this…
but that moment isn’t now.

Step by step we climb (somehow higher than before)
Until the boulders make
a natural kind of door.

That’s open

and let’s me glance way way way way way down to the floor.

You want me to jump.
Surprise, surprise.
Yeah.
This isn’t fun anymore.

I close my eyes and let the team heave me to my doom.
(Or just through that door and into the next rocky room.)

And then the climb is done
It’s time to lunch with eagles and falcons,
who look so much bigger up here.

Then down we go and on the way
we spot by us very near,
a black bear,
a toxic port-a-John,
and a wild and hungry deer.

The end of any journey
is a blend of hope and fear.
I’m a lucky girl to find my footsteps
have led my journey here.