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Here we are, the beginning of a new year. I don’t make resolutions. Instead I set a few goals and post them where I can SEE them. I’ve set three goals for this year, and I’m going to approach them a bit more light-heartedly than ever before.

My first goal is to “release WORRY.” As the Italians sing, “Que sera, sera. What will be, will be.”

Of course by my age, I know I can’t roll a boulder uphill, yet I persist in wasting time and energy worrying about adult children, politics, the stock market, polar bears and pollution.

Whenever I found myself going round in circles I’d change clothes and head to the gym, or to a yoga class, or for a long walk. This year I am trying something completely new.

Another goal is to give up FRUSTRATION because products, people, and situations aren’t the way I think they should be. I may be right, but what does it matter if I don’t speak up? If I don’t return something that wasn’t as promised? If I accept bad behavior? Or bad service? This year I will address what needs to be addressed, after I dress in this perfect tee.

And last, REGRETS. I have a few, who doesn’t? In hindsight I realize I am a bit impulsive… hell, my motto at one point was, “I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it!” But it’s a quality I like in myself… mostly. I have learned to temper my impulsiveness with careful consideration before I leap. But I do love to leap. Adventure! New Experiences! Memories!

Since not all of my adventures worked out well, I’d occasionally fret about it. One day I was rehashing something that “could have turned out better if I had only done x, y, or z.”

My very wise friend looked me in the eye and said, in his lovely Texas twang, “Darlin’ you can’t unring that bell.” 

Life just is what it is. Or was. We (hopefully) learn from our mistakes and do better. I also know that each experience, whether good or bad, got me here, now. I doubt if any of the people involved in any of those silly incidents ever give me a second thought. I doubt they even remember. Regrets, meh.

All tee-shirts are from evertreeclothing.com

I wish you all a Happy, Adventure-filled New Year!

XO Donna


  • julie January 1, 2019 at 5:13 am

    That was good! Thank you, Donna

    • Donna O'Klock January 1, 2019 at 6:56 am

      Well, thank you, Julie! And, a very happy new year! BTW – why were we both up at 5:00 am? This early-bird stuff is… for the birds!

  • Diane January 1, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Oh, my word, yes! All of the above…
    Here’s to letting go, calming down and letting that bell ring!

    • Donna O'Klock January 5, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Hahahahaha! Thank you Diane. The only one I’ve ordered is “meh.” Maybe it’s a sufficient enough response to every occasion? Wink, wink.
      XO Donna

  • 1010ParkPlace January 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    If I had t-shirts that said “I’m too old for x, y, z… “ We could fill in the blanks for more shirts than I have room for. Happy New Year sweet friend. Excited to hear more about your big lifestyle transition. xoxox, Brenda

    • Donna O'Klock January 5, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Great point, Brenda! Happy, and healthy New Year to you, too!
      XO Donna

  • Antionette Blake January 2, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Happy New Year, I have always set goals never resolutions and I like your list.

    • Donna O'Klock January 5, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Why, thank you Antoinette!
      XO Donna

  • Victoria January 2, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    As Dr. Phil says we do better when we know better and this is so true. And as your friend says you can’t unring a bell.As we get older we need to let go of so much and just be who we know we really are.

    • Donna O'Klock January 5, 2019 at 9:26 am

      So true, Victoria. “Letting go” is a valuable, and oft overlooked, tool for our growth and happiness.
      XO Donna

  • LA CONTESSA January 4, 2019 at 6:55 pm


    • Donna O'Klock January 5, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Dearest Contessa –
      I fear so. But, I am going to chip in my two cents anyway… “rage against the dying of the light.”
      XO Donna

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