New Year Survival Kit

Welcome, 2013… I trust that you will bring me more creativity, more opportunities, and even more reasons to smile than last year.

In return I promise to blog more and get back on track with other projects I’ve let fall by the wayside.

Survival Kit - by Heather Vale GossTo start things off, I’m inspired to share a “Happy New Year Survival Kit” that my good friend Georgette sent me.

You might have seen it, since it’s one of those viral email things, but it was new for me — and I’m very grateful for it.

George and I used to be very good friends back in our University days. I vividly remember that one day after painting class I left my stack of silver and black bracelets (hey, it was the ’80s!) beside the sink when I washed my hands.

She came running after me to return them, and I threw my arms around her in a big bear hug. She doesn’t remember that incident, but to me it was the start of our friendship… and for years afterwards we hung out together.

Over time we both got busy with different things and drifted apart, as can often happen when teenagers grow up. But recently we renewed our friendship, and her support has meant so much to me.

So here it is — the New Year Survival Kit she sent me, which I’m in turn passing on to you:


Today, I am giving  you a DAILY  SURVIVAL  KIT to help you each day:

Toothpick … to remind you to  pick the good qualities in everyone, including  yourself.

Rubber band … to remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.

Band-Aid … to remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else’s.

Eraser … to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That’s okay, we learn from our  errors.

Candy Kiss … to remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment every day.

Mint … to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family & me.

Bubble Gum … to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.

Pencil … to remind you to list your blessings every day.

Tea Bag … to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings.

This is what makes life worth living every minute, every day.

Wishing you love, gratitude, friends to cherish,
caring, sharing, laughter, music, and warm feelings in your heart.

So simple, so sweet, and so profound. Enjoy!

Keep Unwrapping The Beauty of Life!

Heather Vale Goss

One comment to “New Year Survival Kit”
One comment to “New Year Survival Kit”
  1. I am so glad that we’ve reconnected my dear girl and that this little email I forwarded your way brought you so much joy. You truly deserve that.

    I look forward to more blogs from you along with much more correspondence and renewed connections between us.

    Much love!

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