51 Days ’til 40: One Foot Forward

01 Jan


Put one foot forward, one step at a time, and despite all the challenges continue to climb! ~ Ashraf Siddiqui

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao-tzu

As we head into 2013 I plan on reminding myself that every journey, no matter how big or small – no matter how simple or great, starts with a single step.  When I am looking at setting goals for my future, I can remind myself that each small step I take brings me closer to the goal – and I can celebrate these small steps, understanding that they will come together to form a larger, beautiful journey.

As I reflect on 2012 and look forward to 2013, I am thankful for the ability to step back and understand that the process of the journey can be celebrated.  Each step does indeed have meaning.  I strive to remember in the tough moments that I can break down the journey and I will reach my destination.


Today, 51 days ’til 40, I am thankful for both the journey and the understanding that one day I will indeed reach the destination I am headed towards.

May you and your loved ones be blessed in 2013.



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19 responses to “51 Days ’til 40: One Foot Forward

  1. behindthemaskofabuse

    January 1, 2013 at 00:45

    same to you!

  2. Another Thousand Words

    January 1, 2013 at 04:00

    Ah, those are, indeed, the ‘paws’ that refresh!!! Blessings to you, your partner and the girls…you’re a great ‘teacher’!!!

    • 400daystil40

      January 3, 2013 at 01:01

      Yes, I love those paws! 🙂

      • Another Thousand Words

        January 3, 2013 at 02:58

        You have a really sweet kitty there, 400…one that ‘allows’ you to photograph often!

        • 400daystil40

          January 3, 2013 at 23:32

          He is an old man and my little prince. He is 14, our second cat (the black one) is 12 and our little baby calico is now 3.5. We are feline lovers in this home!

          • Another Thousand Words

            January 4, 2013 at 02:50

            Years ago, I had an all-black cat, Moses, who lived to be 19…in a good and happy home, cats live longer!

  3. colormusing

    January 1, 2013 at 05:57

    Lovely and relevant thoughts. Happy New Year!!

  4. sakuraandme

    January 1, 2013 at 11:03

    Happy New Year! may this year be yours!! …..Paula xx

    • 400daystil40

      January 3, 2013 at 00:59

      Thanks, Paula! And thanks for all your encouraging words in 2012!

  5. nefny

    January 1, 2013 at 20:11

    A timely reminder!

    • 400daystil40

      January 3, 2013 at 00:58

      Thanks, I wrote it because I need it too! 🙂

  6. mjeanpike

    January 2, 2013 at 01:20

    Thanks for stopping by About These Things. We’re happy you “liked” us 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed looking around your blog. God bless you on your journey to 40 and beyond …

    • 400daystil40

      January 3, 2013 at 00:53

      Thank you so much, and thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog 🙂

  7. evilnymphstuff

    January 3, 2013 at 08:18

    Bless you as well and wish you all the best! Happy new year!

  8. Spider42

    January 3, 2013 at 12:47

    Nice to hear that looking back with more than just rose-tinted nostalgia and learning from it all – good and bad – is still considered by folks, it’s something I think we miss and forget far too often and should be an integral part of new years and birthdays and such. 🙂
    Sounds like a good, solid plan and I wish you well on each and every one of those future steps.

    • 400daystil40

      January 3, 2013 at 23:26

      Yes, so very true… and when we look back we learn so much.


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