Soaring in the New Year

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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney



As the new year unfolds today, I am thinking of so many things that I want to try, to accomplish, that I am dreaming of.  There are great possibilities in the beginning days of the New Year, but I can get caught up in making quick decisions of what I want to do or change.


I have long given up on using “resolutions”, and instead embrace a theme for the year around one word.  This idea of one word is more of a focus or attention I want for the year.  It helps to energize me and helps me expand the possibilities.  Along with the attention or focus, this word also helps give me a clear vision of my intention or desired outcome(s) for the year…supporting and inspiring my path.


This year, when I discovered my word, it felt right immediately.  It actually brought butterflies to my stomach, tears of joy and an inner knowing that this was my soul speaking.  It is an action word that I know will be transformative to my growth and path.


The word I chose as my guiding mantra for 2015 is:




This word immediately uplifts me to seeing all the possibilities there could be.  To fly high, unrestricted…to rise above the fears…to rocket ahead, to aspire, pursue, strive and yearn with all my heart and soul.  Soar to me means freedom, especially freedom from doubt and fear.  Fear is still there, but no longer in the forefront.  With this word, I feel those fears fall away and my creative spirit expanding.


So what does all this mean for the new year?  I can say I am no longer letting fear pull me back from the dreams and desires that still smolder.  Soaring into the sun, these ideas I have had can now burn brighter.


And I am beginning again this year…always a fresh start.  Time to try out new ideas.  Of course with beginning, there is always fear, but I refuse to let that limit me from the new experiences and ideas waiting for me.  After all if you are a beginner then you are not expected to know everything or be perfect really.  Think about that….you are learning through new experiences so you should expect that you will make mistakes.  How wonderfully liberating.DSCN6115


In the spirit of trying new things, I want to expand my blog a bit this year with some new ideas:


  • I am moving my wildlife stories from my garden blog to this blog on the first Thursday of the month.  I love to garden for wildlife and observe the critters who come to live with us in our garden.  Their stories are inspirational to me, and I want to share them here.
  • I will be connecting my Sunday Poetry with particular themes each month which I think is a great way to emphasize lessons and experiences.
  • The second Thursday of the month, I am trying a new feature called Conversations In The Garden.  I am going back to my lessons learned through my garden posts that I used to write on my garden blog.  When I started my garden blog, that was the main feature with some gardening thrown in.  Now my garden blog has expanded to being more about gardening and specifically gardening  for wildlife, vegetable gardening and gardening with native plants.  I miss doing these ‘lessons learned’ features and will bring many back and continue them here.
  • The last Thursday of the month will be what I call, End Of Month Potpourri.  It will feature inspirational books I am reading, a photography project I plan to begin this year and other updates on the beginnings happening in this year of SOARing.


So I hope you will follow along and continue to inspire me as I SOAR this year.  Wishing you a most wonderful and happy New Year filled with lots of laughter and love!


If you like what you find on this blog, I hope you will share it with friends.  We can all use a little sharing of life’s inspirations.



Note:   The pink rose buds pictured here represents new love.  A perfect sentiment for a new year of SOARing and exploring new ideas.




I leave you with another thought about new beginnings.  Feel free to download this photo and share.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.


32 Replies to “Soaring in the New Year”

    1. Thank you dear Catherine. I plan to write more about this word as it felt so right helping me to move beyond the shadows where I was continuing to stay in fear…this word reminds me of my path this year and with every decision I feel it pulling me along saying, ‘time to step out of the nest…you have nothing to lose’….such freedom!

  1. Your word chose you well Donna and it looks like you’re already on your way to prove it right! Such energy in this post and such vibrancy. I know it will carry you far and be the guide you need on this beautiful journey of yours. <3

    1. Thanks Soosie….I love the excitement the word has given me…like starting a new year at school or a new job…anticipation, a bit of fear but mostly such excitement!!

  2. My daughters soccer team has ‘soaring above the rest’ as their tagline… I have always loved the word soar and can already feel from your first post that it will do you well this year, hopefully taking you to new heights in everything! Wishing you all the best for a wonderful year, and a look forward to sharing the journey with you.
    Wren x

    1. Thanks Laura…it means so much to know that great photographers like you enjoy my photos…and yes you are great!! Here’s to a Happy, Healthy, Wonderful New Year!

  3. Hi Donna,
    I love your 2015 resolution to “Soar”. Such a beautiful pink rose too! It is so nice to meet you and visit your blog. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2015! Happy New Year! Karen

  4. You know what I love about the word “soar?” It has such lightness and effortlessness in it. None of what the Buddhist folks call too much “efforting”, which usually results in things like anxiety and fear of falling! You have none of that with your desire to SOAR. Brava! May all your wishes come true in the new year to come.

    1. Susie I think that was what sold me on the word….less restraint and effort….allowing me to get into the flow and move along not allowing fear to tie me down. My wish is for you to have a splendid New Year my friend!

  5. Donna, you’ve certainly chosen a courageous and demanding word. It surely reflects what your soul longs for and it’s precious to realise that. I wish you to follow it heartily throughout the whole year and overcome all the obstacles that may be placed in your path. Good luck on your way! 🙂

    1. Yes dear Petra it seems demanding doesn’t it, and I think it will keep me on that path away from the shadows finally connecting to my soul surely….your words were so special and gave me such happiness!…thank you. And I wish you much happiness on your path this year!

  6. I think my career in education gave me a strong appreciation of the power of fresh starts — the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and try again. I experience these feelings most powerfully in the fall, when the new school year always began, but also at the New Year. Happy New Year, Donna. I’m looking forward to being a witness to your soaring in 2015.

    1. I agree Jean although I lost the fresh start feeling in the fall now…but this New Year has me excited….wishing you a wonderful New Year in your ‘new ‘ house with your new gardens!

  7. Happy New Year Donna, I am inspired by your post, it seems much more motivating and uplifting to choose a proactive positive word than to go through the pressure of finding a resolution and often for the sake of it, then the dreary denial and giving up of something. Love your chosen word too Donna and Albert Einstein’s words.

    1. Happy New Year Julie! I have been so much happier with my word of the year than any old resolution I used to try and put together. Here’s to soaring into the New Year!

  8. Good luck with all your endeavors. Soaring is a lofty goal, and one easily brought down to earth, so they say. Your attitude seems like you would never let that happen though.

  9. What a great theme Donna! Makes me immediately think of a sense of weightlessness that requires trust and focus with a bit of carefree spirit. I am looking forward to your journey soaring through the year!

  10. Donna, I just love your writing so much. The idea of a one word mantra is brilliant and I am guessing the word ‘soar’ will be a great well. Not only does it lift the heart but I like the homophone ‘sore’ that is kind of embedded in it. Many things can leave us heartsick but perhaps they don’t need to limit us.

    1. Debra you are too kind. And I do so appreciate your lovely words and compliment. And yes that homophone of ‘sore’ is indeed embedded in my mantra reminding me where I came from and where I am going and sometimes we have to go through the pain in order to fly….

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