Looking back.....and ahead.

These are the questions that I answer every year. I look back and remember a bit of what was going on at that time, who I was with (or not), what I was focused on (or not), taking nothing for granted.

How would you answer these?

What's the coolest thing you've seen in 2018? Watching my grandkids grow up, and become as wonderful as my own kids and their spouses.

What's the biggest personal accomplishment you've had in 2018? I think it's getting my thoughts under control...especially when I want to say something that can be considered rude or misconstrued.  "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuttest his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."

Where was your quietest moment in 2018?
Riding my bike on the boardwalk in Newport Beach, up to Huntington Beach and back across the ferry to Balboa Island. Me, myself, and I, with my thoughts. 

Who was the most inspirational to you in 2018? Folks that run for office. It takes guts to do that..win or lose.

What has been the biggest challenge to you in 2018? Having the confidence to say "No, but thank you." And walking away from something that I want but knowing it will be frustrating in the end. 

What's the best book you've read in 2018? Not a book. It's a weekly magazine, The Christian Science Monitor. Those reporters come from around the world, and write marvelously. 

What's the best movie you've seen in 2018? RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg). What a role model! 

What's the biggest disappointment you've had in 2018? Not using local vendors for myself and for my clients. Some have retired. Some are too busy with big projects. Often, the original owners don't run their businesses and let their employees take over, and that can be a royal mess. So I've come up with some new-to-me vendors, who come highly recommended from my pest and property inspector, and so far, so good! 

What's the biggest change you've made in 2018? Taking my own advice. I got pest and property inspections on my own property, after 30? years? Yikes! Not too bad at all, considering this old beast of a lady was built in 1898. Now to find a vendor(s) that can I can trust to do a decent job with those projects!

What's the one prediction you have for this year, 2019? This was pretty much my answer last year, "As part of the human race, we need to stop killing each other. Lofty, I know. But it starts now. And I want to be on the welcoming side to all immigrants that legally, and patiently, come to America. No walls: physically and emotionally."

One last word. Well, 25 last words: We need to laugh at ourselves, and if we can't quite do that, then at least we should smile at people as they walk by. 

Live richly, marilyn  Happy New Year!

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