Just in case no one else has mentioned it yet?

2023 is here.

A new year.

A blank slate.

A chance to start again.

I wanted to start the year off right, so last week I asked for your help. I asked for your very best advice to start the new year with and you DELIVERED.


I was so inspired reading all of the words of wisdom you wrote to me and I wanted to share them with everyone. So to get ready for a new year, here’s a little inspiration to get you started.

Straight from your heart.

“Be gentle with yourself” ~ Kris

“Love without expectations.”~ Sue

“Give yourself grace in 2023” ~ Stacie

“If it doesn’t affect your family or your life, then don’t stress over it” ~ Maureen

“Life . . . and people . . . aren’t perfect; nor will they ever be. Things rarely go as was we dream or plan. Love what is and embrace the reality of the moment.” ~ Kristin

“Forget acquiring stuff , give to those that need help.” ~ Betsy

“The best advice I can give anyone in the new year is not to make resolutions, choose a word, withhold nourishment, or try to organize chaos. Because all these things tend to fall by the wayside very quickly. However if you practice gratitude in finding joy in the little and everyday things I promise you your life will change. In a good way, forever.”~Laura

“Fav advice is actually a quote I try to live by…”I don’t think we find compassion. I think we become the space that compassion wants to live in”…Judith Hanson Lasater” ~ Polly

“As far as the New Year goes, everyone starts off with big resolutions and plans for change and they can feel overwhelming very quickly. So I always say just take one day at a time and be kind to yourself.” ~ Janice

“When I use a big roll of tape, such as packing tape, when I’m done, I fold over a tiny bit, so next time I can find the end easily…or when filling a baggie with left overs, first fold baggie down a bit, then fill, most likely you won’t have any leftovers on the zip part of the bag to wipe off before you seal it” ~ Kathy

“Dear God, Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day. We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts. We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you. We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.” ~ Linda

“Major in the majors and minor in the minors.” ~ Valarie

“There are two pieces of advice that I often think about. One was from our former pastor…he said to “Love Extravagantly, Forgive Graciously and Encourage Endlessly until His Kingdom fully comes!” The other one is from my very wise grandmother…she always said “don’t meet trouble halfway – it can make the journey all by itself!”” ~ Karin

“The best advice I have received came from my older sister; “Never date anyone you wouldn’t want to marry. You never know who you may fall in love with.” ~ Sally

“One of my favorite quotes is part of Desiderata: ‘If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.’ ” ~ Peg

“I will give you a quote that My Grandson said to me one day when I was watching them and helping them do some things to surprise their Mom. He said to me Grandma…..Just Breathe!” ~ Darlene

“Before I speak, I ask myself: Is it necessary, Is it true, is it kind, will it make a difference. Otherwise, I don’t speak.” ~ Carol

“My advice: look for God’s nuggets in every situation and season. Sometimes we have to look hard but He is faithful and will always provide.”  ~ Olga

“Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.” And one more: “Love the people God gave you, because He will need them back one day.”” ~ Barb

“My words of wisdom are easy: “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James 1:19” ~ Susan

“My advice for 2023…Pray daily, laugh often and love unconditionally.” ~ DeMarie

“My fav quote I learned recently from my elder daughter, and I am so happy to share it with you for your readers too: There is NO such thing as perfection. So, practice doesn’t make perfect…..practice makes PROGRESS.” ~ Michele

“Comparison is the thief of joy” (not sure of the source) and “Give grace to your younger self.” As an older person, I have learned to look back at the younger me and be less judgmental about the choices I made.” ~ PJ

“Give thanks to God and be thankful for everything that you have because they made you what you are today, and that’s a pretty good thing!!!” ~ Donna Marie

“My favorite advice: Anytime I find myself feeling envious of those with more, I turn around and look at those with less. This will lead to a prayer of gratitude and a desire to help others. A wonderful place to be.’ ~ Barbara

And my best advice?

You all said it so well that there’s nothing left to say.

I adore you friend.

So I will leave you with a heartfelt thank you for your encouragement and this blessing:

May your troubles be less

May your blessings be more

And may nothing but happiness come through your door

Happy New Year

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  1. Image for Patricia Brock Patricia Brock

    This was such a good idea. These were so inspirational. I think we can all use encouragement inspiration and camaraderie, as displayed here. Thank you all 💕 Best of 2023 to you all.. 🥂

  2. Image for Ann Ann

    No, 2023 won’t be the best year yet. Nor will it be the worst. You see, a year is a mosaic of absolutely everything. Joy, fear, heartache, loss, beauty, pain, love. Failure, learning, friendship, misery, exhilaration. Each day, each moment even, is a tiny shard of glass in this beautiful, confusing creation. 2023 will be another mosaic to add to your wall of art. A wall that shows the life, you are continuously gifted. A wall that shows you are human. A wall of survival. I wish you many broken pieces of glass this year, Because this is living. And before you march on into another year of ‘everything’, pause to look back, at the work you have created thus far. It is quite something. YOU are quite something. Now onwards we go, Onwards we go Happy New Year❤️

  3. Image for laura laura

    Love this! Happy New Year Go TCU! There is talk the DenverBroncos may get The Michigan coach 🙏🏻🏈 I loved your cruise comment about football! You inspire me i many ways but I kinda enjoyed the TCU Michigan game! It was a Christmas miracle! Happy New Year !

  4. Image for Gail Cunningham Gail Cunningham

    Thank you for compiling and sharing these nuggets of advice. I loved the prayer so much that I've photographed it and will include it in my planner as an excellent reminder to keep God close within me. Happy New Year Kari Anne, may you and your family be blessed with good health and much love!

  5. Image for Jan Kinman Jan Kinman

    Karianne I want to say "Thank you all! You have all encouraged me and guided me on the correct path for a new year"!

  6. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Sooo many heartfelt words, from your many adoring friends who all wish they could reach out and Hug you. Hug and thank you for another year of the best stories, the best laughs, the best tears and the best advice. And then give another hug for more best stories to still come laughs, tears and advice inclusive. I am one of those friends. Sending hugs.

  7. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    I somehow missed your request for advice...I was caught up in planning a little New Year's Eve afternoon tea party for some friends...and probably would have given none, but you received some wonderful and inspirational suggestions. I'm saving these! Happy New Year!

  8. Image for MaryJo Materazo MaryJo Materazo

    Happy New Year KariAnne! I love all of these! You are so inspirational always and I am forever grateful for everything you do. I miss you & the group already but I will be following along to keep your AmaZing energy motivating me along. Loved all the pictures of your sweet family over the holidays! XO- MaryJo

  9. Image for June June

    Forgot to submit but grateful I was able to enjoy reading every single word in this post. You have created a blog with so many inspiring followers. It felt today like we were all sitting around and chatting as if we already knew each other. Well done Miss Karianne! Looking forward to seeing what 2023 unfolds in your posts and the comments you receive.

  10. Image for Tara Watts Tara Watts

    Beautiful words! Beautiful prayers! If we look to God’s word and seek his will all those words of wisdom will be put to practice daily. Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year to you and yours! Love the irish blessing!

  11. Image for Liz Liz

    Wow, I love that Kathy girl and her advice about packing tape and filling a baggie with left overs! We all know how to be sweet and grateful and how to share, but those little practical things make moving through life easier. Happy New Year to everyone!

  12. Image for Heather Heather

    What a wonderful way to begin the new year. Thank you for growing with your blog and taking us on the journey.

  13. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Great comments and advice! I must have gotten sidetracked when you asked for advice because I meant to post something. ~ Today, in my memories on Facebook, was the meme I made last year of your closing quote. I wish the image would work here. May your New Year overflow with answered prayers and blessings! 😍

  14. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT quotes and philosophies! (Great idea too!) Thank you for all your inspiration all year long. Hope you are still enjoying your wonderful cruise. :-) ♥♥

  15. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Such loverly sentiments. Be kind and thankful for the little moments and good friends. Hugs and love to you as we embark on a new year, sweet KariAnne!

  16. Image for Terri Silva Terri Silva

    Happy New Year and many blessings to all! I loved the prayer and so many words of wisdom. A friend purchased an adorable plaque once that said, Remember...a day hemmed in prayer never unravels! I love your upbeat attitude! May joy be a part of your soul! ❤️ To all!

  17. Image for CoCo CoCo

    These words of wisdom are all amazing! I've got my journal out taking notes ready to celebrate the new year and I can't wait to share this post on my blog today. These words are truly the best way to savor the season! May your 2023 be richly blessed and full of love! Big hugs, CoCo

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