Friday, 30 December 2011

The Last Day of 2011

It's always a strange feeling when one year ends and another begins, but this year it somehow doesn't really seem real. However, it really is the last day of the year, and the last chance to blog in 2011. I have not made any resolutions, as it's just depressing when they all get broken. Hope you will all have more success with yours!

I just have some journal pages to show today, once again, more or less the same as always but different....Sorry that the photos are not good; the light was just bad all day.

And here is a little story which Narda sent me; I think it is something we can all take with us into the new year.

Garbage Truck of Life.
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!
The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.And I mean, he was really friendly.
So I asked, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump itand sometimes they'll dump it on you.
Don't take it personally.
Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so:
"Love the people who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don't."
Life is ten percent what you make it
and ninety percent how you take it!
"What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year 2012. Take care of yourselves, have a good day, and thanks for dropping in!


  1. Lovely journal pages Val! Have a happy new year, and take good care of yourself! Hugs, Sarah and kids

  2. Your journal pages are always so unique - and today I really got a kick out of you thumbing your nose at life! Be who you are ... it's the only way. I love the use of the Umbrella man stamp ... as always a unique view. Take care of yourself Valerie ... you are loved. xxhugs, Donna

  3. What a fantastic story and how true.
    Love your creative page; your art is always so unique, as you are.
    Thanks for all the inspiration throughout the year, and wishing you a Happy and creative 2012.
    Big G.

  4. I would love to wish you a very Happy New Year Valerie :0) I hope that 2012 brings you everything you need, hugs Gay xxx
    The taxi driver is correct LOL x

  5. Love the journal pages and also Narda's story - I really need to remember this.
    Happy New Year Valerie.
    Hugs xx
    p.s. totally with you on the resolutions!

  6. Your profiles are lovely and the eyes are fascinating. Love the rubbish truck story will try to take that with me into the future.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR even if it feels just like the old one XOXO Zoe

  7. Lovely pages as always. It was a good story to refect on.
    Hope you have a good New Year.
    Yvonne x

  8. A great little story Valerie and I'm with you on the resolutions - a waste of time! Love your pages too, you've been a great inspiration to me this year and to think, I didn't even 'know' you this time last year. Here's wishing 2012 is a good year for us all. Take care and a' the best! Suze xx

  9. love the pages val...

    lovely story and so true, life is far to short...

    happy new year and hope 2012 is a good one for you, hugs,

    maria xx

  10. Loving your Dare to be Different Valerie.......brilliant. Happy New Year, hugs Annette x

  11. Beautiful pages Valerie! I really love the story! Really makes you think. All the best in 2012 Val!

    Warm and fuzzy wishes from across the pond!

  12. A Happy New Year to you Valerie and thank you to Nadia for all her stories morals and jokes :)
    See you in the new year :)
    Von xxx

  13. More fabulous journal pages, Valerie! You are going to have such a wonderful collection.

    Happy Happy New Year to you, my friend!

  14. Love your doodling cuff and letters and your faces always draw me in... you have such a knack with them! Wishing you all the very best in 2012~

  15. There's a lot of wisdom in that story.

    Your journal pages are very imaginative - love the person cocking a snoop at the others.

    Happy New Year, Valerie.


  16. Oh WOW, Valerie, I love that story--and I've got remember that one--it's great!!!

    Thank you so much for your beautiful card--it was such a wonderful surprise!!!

    Wishing you the happiest New Year ever!!!

  17. Happy new year Val! Hugs, Barb

  18. Happy New Year Valerie and I hope you continue pleasing everyone with your wonderful artwork and your Blog. xx

  19. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Your journal pages!
    Have a Happy New Year and Look forward to many creative adventures with you!!! :0)

  20. Love how you repeated the images! My eyes just moved up and down the faces so I saw it as one item then my eyes noticed each face! Thanks for sharing the garbage story - it is so very true!!!!

  21. I have the same thoughts on making New Year Resolutions. LOL
    Wonderful journal pages!

  22. Happy New Year! Very neat and intriguing journal pages.

  23. Love the sentiment on this one x


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