Hey! Look Up: A New Year’s Perspective

My older daughter as a preschooler

When my girls were younger, they added a magic to our household during Christmas. Their belief. Their joy. Their innocence.

Now that they’re teenagers, they add a different kind of magic. They carry on our holiday traditions: decorating the tree, baking the homemade cookies, making the holiday cards.

Part of the magic is watching them grow up into thoughtful, capable individuals. The other part is… I get to put my feet up!

A bit. Mostly, their contributions free me up to do other stuff. This year, Christmas passed by before I made photo cards; my older daughter volunteered to make New Year’s cards, as she had last year. Yes, please!

I scrolled through my photos from 2018, searching for ones to text her. I noticed a theme across many of them (not the ones I sent her, but my photos in general): Things Above My Head (literally, not figuratively). I know — it’s an odd theme, but stay with me.

Yes, I’m short, so a lot of things are simply higher up than I am! But I got to thinking… I do tend to look up. Like, I literally look up. Even when I don’t have to.

I unknowingly took a selfie, 8/15/18

It had dawned on me a while ago that I look up, often, while walking in my neighborhood. The tall trees and the big sky are a pretty sight. But there’s also something about looking up that fills me with hope and possibility.

And makes me believe. Like a little kid during Christmas. That thing that I’m looking up at — whatever it is, even if it’s a small bird — seems big in spirit. Magical, really.

On a walk, 2/24/18

On a walk, 2/26/18

It wasn’t until my daughter prompted me to look back at my 2018 photos that I noticed my upward gaze. During the first three days of holiday break, I looked up at three different sights — each cheerful in its own way:

On a walk, 12/20/18

While Christmas shopping, 12/21/18
“Somewhere Over the Strip Mall”

On a walk, 12/22/18

Here are a couple of other things that I looked up to in 2018. These still speak volumes to me given the plight of our nation and world:

On the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, 6/25/18

At O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, 8/3/18

As for 2019, I’ll just keep looking up. 2018 went by in a flash, and I want to make the most out of this one, too.

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1/15/18

Happy New Year! May yours be filled with inspiring sights, no matter which way you look.

Until we meet again,

Amy

4 thoughts on “Hey! Look Up: A New Year’s Perspective

  • January 1, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    I think that is such a neat quality, noticing what is up! There is so much life and wonder going on above our heads! Happy new year Amy!

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    • January 2, 2019 at 12:16 am
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      Thanks, Caroline, and Happy New Year! I’m always happy to see you here – and in person!

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  • January 3, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    I love this, Amy!! I think almost stepping on a snake numerous times running has trained me to look ahead and down more! That wouldn’t work so well for an inspirational blog:). Keep looking up and finding 🌈 ‘s…much magic and love to you this year!❤️

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    • January 3, 2019 at 2:23 am
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      Ha! Yes, running is a different ballgame! Thanks so much for stopping by, Nikki. Your words made me laugh and warmed my heart. The same best wishes to you this year and always!

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