What will 2023 bring?

We had been out grocery shopping and my wife suggested we stop for ice cream. It’s winter and it’s cold, but sometimes you need a reward. While I was drinking my shake, I noticed two things. First, I noticed that the young server failed to give me a cherry on the top of my shake. I noticed too the date on the receipt. For the first time, the year jumped out at me, not because it looked odd or strange, but because it looked right.

The irony was not lost on me. When I start to get used to writing the correct year on a check or at the top of a letter, we have to change it to a new number. Here comes 2023!

What will the year bring?

I want to make a few predictions for the year or even a resolution or two, but, at the same time, I just want the year to be a normal year. I don’t want to unintentionally bring on a swarm of locusts or another new pandemic. I laugh but could easily see anything happen.

I think we all want a good year. My plans for 2023 are simple. My wish for family, friends, and acquaintances is a happy and healthy year. I want to keep writing. I want to grow my blog. I posted 143 times in 2022. I’d like to match that. Of course, I’d like to add new readers too. My biggest blog goal is to write content that matters and to create a spot for two-way dialogue and connections to happen.

I want to take better care of myself. Yes, that means a normal diet and exercise. Ugh.

I want to do well in my job. And, I want to figure out what I’m supposed to do with the rest of my life. (Yes, I’m in my mid-50’s with a wife, three grown kids, and a dog and I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Yea, there’s probably more than a few blogs in that statement to keep me busy through most of next year.)

What I want from every year

And oh yea, I want to spend time with my wife and kids and have fun doing it. I want to be “present” in the moment and make the most of everyday. Yes, I have a few other make believe resolutions/dreams too, including win a million dollars, give millions to charity, buy a Lamborghini, and travel across the globe.

And oh yea, I want one more thing for 2023: I want the cherry on top of my milk shake. 

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    1. Enjoy the time while they’re still there. It goes so fast. I like the era that we’re in now … but they all go so fast. I suspect that I’ll be figuring out what I want to do when I grow up right up until the moment they put me in the grave. It can be frustrating, but I can live with that … shows I enjoyed and made the most of my life! Ha, ha. Happy New Years to you. And thank you so much for reading and commenting. Really do appreciate it! Love reading your blog as well. I need to get better at commenting. Have a great weekend.

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  1. Here’s to all good things for you and your family in 2023, Brian — complete with a ‘cherry on top’ of anything and everything you desire! (And if this helps…hubs and I can’t kick the after-dinner ice cream thing either — even in the brrrr moments of winter, LOL!) 😊😊😊

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  2. I really don’t know where the time goes, either. What happened to 2022!? I don’t generally make resolutions at New Year, possibly because I can never keep them. Having said that, I weighed myself this morning to find I’d gained nearly half a stone over the Christmas period, so here’s my first resolution – eat sensibly from now – no more mince pies and chocolates. I’m sure I’ll survive that.

    Like you, my first wish for New Year is that my friends and family stay well. And me, too, naturally. I’ll have to give some serious thought to thinking of some new resolutions to enter into the spirit of the event.

    Ice cream in the winter? We can’t get any from anywhere apart from in the freezer cabinet of the supermarkets—no ice cream man in a van at this time of the year. We do have a Baskin Robbins in town (I wonder if you have that brand there), but that closes in the winter, too, and sells cookies instead.

    You’ve done really well to write that many blogs in a year. When I first started blogging, I only wrote about once a fortnight; then, it was once a week for a bit. Now, I aim for twice a week. I admire your dedication to writing so regularly.

    I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year, Brian. 🎉✨🎊

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    1. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one, but yes, we have Baskins Robins. Here in Pennsylvania, where I live, there are a number of small ice cream shops and some bigger ones like Dairy Queen and Sonic that are open year round and offer ice cream. I’m a sucker for ice cream, that’s how I’ve gained so much weight during the pandemic. Yes, it was a busy blog year. I’ve gone from two blogs a week (Monday and Thursday) to four (M, W, F, and quotes on Saturday.) I’m not sure if I’m going to keep up the quote one, but plan to blog three days a week. We’ll see. It’s been fun. Love the creativity. Happy new year to you too.

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      1. That’s good going, Brian. I always look forward to your posts. I do like ice cream but, unless I buy some at the supermarket, I don’t tend to have it in the winter. Good luck with posting more often. Happy New Year.

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  3. Wait a minute – are you suggesting that you actually eat that cherry on top? I find that fascinating!

    Good wishes – grounded in reality, seeded with hope and lots of room to find the miracles in how they happen. I wish you all that and more in 2023!!

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  4. So ironic you ended the post with regards to a cherry on a milk shake. My wife got one last night as we were driving home and I remarked in amazement when we got there how she hadn’t eaten the cherry already. If that was my milk shake, that cherry wouldn’t have stood a chance of even getting settled down in the shake. Brian, all the best to you and yours for 2023, Bruce (aka WOTC).

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    1. Too funny. My wife made fun of me for making such a big deal about a missing cherry. Ugh. I told her that she’s crazy. Ha, ha. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only crazy one out there. And same to you Bruce, hope you and your loved ones have an wonderful, exciting 2023.

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