the reason for the season

I hope it’s not too late to say Merry Christmas to those who celebrated it!  I wish you had a wonderful time with the people you love, people you don’t see very often.  Because that what Christmas is.  Time to spend with your family and to cherish being together, time to share the love.

I had a good Christmas day with my little family and extended family.  Nothing special, or extravaganza though.  It started at Christmas eve, we all went to attend Christmas’ eve mass. Then had a drive around the neighbourhood to see some Christmas lights.  And then home.


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On Christmas day we hosted a Christmas lunch for our dearest and nearest.  Thank God, the weather was nice enough for all of us to have al fresco lunch.  It wasn’t that 40 degree scorching hot, so I really thank the universe!

And on Boxing day, we all jumped on to the ferry and off to Rottnest Island (or Rotto as the local call it) for one night only.  It was a last-minute decision actually, that’s why we couldn’t get accommodation more than one night.  A much needed short getaway after all the hectic week in-between state championship swimming competition and Christmas preparation. The weather was nice, it meant not too windy and hot for me :), boys were having a good time with their friends, while I was happy lazing around, reading my book, swimming in the ocean, no cooking,…. bliss!



So, in a couple days 2019 will end.  A decade is almost gone.  Wow!  2020!


Twenty 19 is full of ups and downs for me.  Either that in friendship or family matter.  I’m honest to admit that I have lost a few friends in 2019, which I didn’t plan at all 😛 I’m not ashamed of that. It was a big lesson to learn for me.  A lesson not to trust ANYONE in this particular community.  A bittersweet lesson to learn as well.  People who I thought were nice, people I thought I had done nothing to them, people who I hadn’t had contact for ages, they were actually the traitors. And I’m done with them.

I’m thankful and grateful that my family and I have good health, and please dear God let us all have good health, that’s all I ask for.  While boys will always be boys, they would do something that shocked us as a parent, that’s another hic-up in my family.  Le hubby and I went through a lot of parenting obstacles this year.  Lots of tough love needed to be done!

Twenty 19; thank you for the lessons.  Twenty 20 let’s do this!

 I am walking into 2020 with a clear heart and mind.  If you owe me, don’t worry about it.  If you wronged me, it’s all good, lesson learned.  If you’re angry with me, you won – I’ve let it go.  If we aren’t speaking, it’s cool – I truly wish you well.  If you feel I’ve wronged you, I apologise – it wasn’t intentional.  I am grateful for every experience that I received.  Life is too short for pent up anger, holding of grudges and extra stress or pain.  Here is to 2020, a new decade!  Remember forgiving someone is for you so don’t block your blessings.  Make 2020 a year of positivity and a season of forgiveness.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you a very happy new year and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful 2020!!

Note: video made and created by my son 💙


Peace and love always,


6 responses to “the reason for the season”

  1. Belated Christmas, Ria.
    Happy new year. Wishing you and your family lots of happiness, prosperity, and joy this new year.


    1. Thank you Den, and happy new year to you and family too😘😘


  2. Seruuu foto2 liburannya 😍
    People come and go, Mbak Ria. Mau di keluarga, pertemanan, pekerjaan, bahkan lingkungan luar yg mungkin ‘penting gak penting’. Semangat menyambut tahun baru 🤘


    1. Terima kasih Franny, we had a nice time at Rotto 😍
      Some people come to our life for reasons and lessons to learn, I guess. Selamaf tahun baru juga ya semoga 2020 lebih baik dalam segala hal buat kita semua ya.🙏🏼

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  3. What a year it has been! Anyway, stay positive mba, happy new year to you and family ya semoga 2020 full of new blessings. Video buatan anakmu soothing banget aku langsung pengen ke pantai walaupun ga bisa berenang haha xoxo


    1. Happy 2020 to you too Stella. May 2020 bring us happiness, health, and prosperity.
      Hahaa iya ya bikin pengen ke pantai or just chilax. Thanks. 🥰


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