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13 Reasons I’m Looking Forward To 2018


 

 

~I want to inhale the rest of my life deeply & completely before it’s all gone. —Kim Sisto Robinson

 

 

  1. Game of Thrones

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C o n f e s s i o n:    I’m a little in lust with Jon Snow… and castles…. and wicked kings.

 

 

  1. A deeper relationship with God

 

I don’t know why, but typically, He’s the last person I go to when I’m going insane. When we meet one day, He shall say, “Why didn’t you come to Me first, Kim, you could’ve made it so much easier on yourself.”

 

 

  1. Learning more about my purpose on this crazy earth

 

I’ve known since a child, I was created for more than existing. I thought I could change the world. I thought I knew my destiny. I thought many things…but sometimes I’m utterly lost.

 

 

  1. One more year of mourning gone

 

I can’t remember the first year after my sister’s murder. I suppose God gives us a mechanism inside our brains, which allows pain to seep in a little at a time. If not, we’d die from the blackness of it, the abyss of it, the death of it.

 

 

  1. Books coming out:

 

I have a list of books I scribble on scratch paper all year long to read. Sherman Alexie is always on my list & I anticipate books by Elizabeth Berg and Liane Moriarty, Kristin Hannah, Elizabeth Gilbert, & Cheryl Strayed.

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…in case you’re interested— the 3 best books I’ve read thus far are Lolita, The Book of Ruth, & Ariel.

 

 

  1. Fitting into my Rock Republic jeans

 

Most of you don’t know, and why should you, that I’ve been on Weight Watchers for over a year. I’m serious when I say, I loooooove this program, and if they asked me to work for them, I Would! In the beginning, my goal was to lose enough weight to fit into my Rock Republic, sexy jeans. Well, now those particular jeans are too big. Oh, and eggs are zero points, which THRILLS me. The little things in life are quite significant. Do you agree?

 

 

  1. Flying to Chicago in June for Kay’s son’s graduation w/ the Griswolds!

 

Yes, I said the Griswolds. My family is loud, opinionated, peculiar, half Republican, talk over one another, and I love them dearly, completely. Can you imagine driving 8 hours with these weirdoes? This is the reason they are driving to Chicago and Mr. Liverpool and I are flying there to meet them!

 

 

  1. Flying to Sacramento in July to see my boys, bake, and clean bathrooms!

 

I cannot wait another day, another hour. I love cooking my babies big roast dinners, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter bars, and Italian pasta. I love when the smells & memories of their childhood ( and mine ) linger inside air like going “home.”

 

 

  1. Spring. Melting. Summer. Heat. Sun. Lemon Tulips. Feeling the warm breeze upon my skin.

 

I’m what you call a “Caribbean girl” who happens to be living in Minnesota. For me, SPRING symbolizes everything I long for, crave, desire. The melting of snow. The sun falling upon my bare skin. Tulips rising thru cold soil. Robins. Barbecue. Shorts. Tank Tops. Resurrection has the scent of colors & music. Didn’t you know?

 

 

  1. 3 months vacation from school

 

My passion is not my job, so with my 3 months off, I follow my true passion: Reading. Writing. Words. Poetry. Ted Talks. Prayer. Did I mention “WRITING?”

 

 

  1. The Waterfront Trail

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This is the last place my sister and I spent our time. At the end of our last walk, she said—“I can’t believe how fast that went!” I said, “Yeah, because we have so much to talk about!” We still do. Oh, we still do.

 

 

  1. Meeting new people who cause me to bloom, laugh, & see life in an interesting way

As some of you already know, I have a gage I go by when it comes to meeting new people. I ask myself this question… would you have wine (alone) with this person? If the answer is yes, I will love you forever and ever. Most of my “wine women” have a few things in common: they are interested & passionate about what’s happening around them. They’ve found God. They see the world in uniquely, colorful perspectives. And they make me laugh my ass off.

 

 

  1. Experiencing more gratitude

 

I’ve learned something HUGE and Life-Changing in my mourning process. One cannot move forward, experience joy, or live happily without gratitude. It’s IMPOSSIBLE. Absolutely impossible. I stood in darkness for a long time until I grasped that I was dying while my heart was still beating. I remember the moment the veil lifted. I said, “What was that? I’ve forgotten.” A voice said, and this is the truth, “The Sun.”

 

—-How about you? What are you looking forward to in 2018? What are your goals, small or large?


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42 Comments

  • Reply
    elizabeth
    January 1, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Dear Kim – What an absolutely lovely way to start 2018 then seeing that photo of us in CA. I love your lists and I love seeing your growth and that your passion is still erupting. Love you. xoxo

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    lisa thomson
    January 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Ah, all of this!! So beautiful and seeing the beauty in small things is everything. We love the same authors. I’c currently reading my first Liane Moriarty book Three Wishes. I just finished Lolita. Oh, my. Incomparable. Your destiny is unfolding this minute. This is a wonderful start to the new year and I thank you, Kim for the inspiration. Hugs xx

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      My Inner Chick
      January 2, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Hi, Lisa!
      I couldn’t rate Lolita…Off the charts. Nabokov is genius for making us feel empathy for a pedophile? Do you agree?
      Hope you are well, dear. Love from MN. xxx

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    Elephants Child
    January 1, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Heartfelt hugs and oceans of caring. Today and always.
    Love your reasons for looking forward to a new year.
    And would love to sit down and have a wine with you. Or six. Despite being a non-believer.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 2, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Sue,
      I would def. still have wine w/ you, dear! I have a feeling we’d have much to talk about. xx

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    Shane
    January 1, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    My dearest Kim…..
    I am so honored to be included me in your list….I was and still am so drawn to your spirit…..I find peace and wisdom in your presence ….much love to you

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      My Inner Chick
      January 2, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Shane,
      my wine sister, you are a light in the world. xxx I am attracted to LIGHT))

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    January 1, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    You are going to have a FABULOUS 2018, Kim! Happy New Year!

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    domermom
    January 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I love your exquisite list, Kim! We have soooooo much in common, especially numbers two and nine. Why I live in this frozen tundra is beyond me (no, it’s not — I have to take care of my Italian mama, and she won’t move). Anyway, Happy 2018, and hold onto warm thoughts! xx

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    Dad
    January 2, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Love your 2018 reasons Kim. I’m still working on mine.
    Love You
    Dad

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    Nan
    January 2, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Now I am going to have to check out WW!! I still love the day I discovered your blog all those years ago. I love your Griswold family, Mr. Liverpool, your sainted mama, your wonderful Italian daddy, boys, kitties, Kay, journey back to the son and God. You’ve inspired me, taught me and sent me beautiful cards at perfectly timed moments. You are a divine golden appointment from God in my life.

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      Nan
      January 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Oh oh AND those divine SS chocolate chip cookies! Oh my gosh, delicious. It must be her special love ingredient that made them so different and yummy!

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      My Inner Chick
      January 2, 2018 at 10:31 am

      –Nan,
      you are sweet & lovely. xxxx May your 2018 be overflowing w/ joy, God, love, spring, flowers, & happiness.

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    Caroline
    January 2, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Fab list!!!!
    What am I looking forward to? Becoming more myself and watching what the universe has in store for me as it unfolds. I just know it’s going to be good.
    ♥️♥️♥️

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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      –yes, it will be good…
      cuz you believe it, C. xxx

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    Carrie Rubin
    January 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    You have some wonderful things you’re looking forward to, Kim. Congrats on the weight loss and lifestyle changes. Weight Watchers would be smart to sign you on! And I agree: gratitude is the key. It’s the key to many things, really. Happy 2018!

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    Lisa Gordon
    January 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Happy New Year, dear Kim!!
    As always, I so enjoy your posts.
    Your words never fail to make me smile, or cry, or think about something I may not have considered before.
    For that, I thank you!!
    I wish you all of the most wonderful things in the New Year, my friend.
    Sending you hugs.
    xo.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      (((And same for you, sweet Lisa. xx from Duluth.

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    Barbara
    January 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Love your list, Kim. I am so looking forward to this ‘new year’. It is time to lift up and shout out what makes life great. It’s always the little things, isn’t it? They’re not little at all.
    Love to you and yours, Kim!
    xoxob

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    Greenglobaltrek
    January 3, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Kim what a wonderful and astounding list!!! I love it! I can sense and feel your pain which never leaves and applaud you for finding joy and gratitude in the midst of such an immense loss. May 2018 bring you all you wish for and more. Everything of the best for you Kim you are a truly good and special soul.

    Hugs and love
    Peta
    Xoxo

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    Jeri
    January 3, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I read a super sad fan theory of what may end up becoming of Daenerys. I hope it’s not true! We shall see 😉

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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Happy 2018, Jeri. Hope your year is FABULOUS. xx

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    Annette Connelly
    January 4, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I’m looking forward to:

    A stronger connection to God.

    My next book coming out. Pierre Rabbit’s Garden And The Pesky Humans. The illustrator is going to make the character of a little girl in the book look like my niece when she was little.

    a new haircut.

    Getting in a regular exercise routine.

    Blessings,

    Little Chickie

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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Blessings and hugs, Little Chickie. xx

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        Patty
        January 14, 2018 at 7:40 pm

        You are so inspirational Kim love you my friend

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    shamitri
    January 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Hello darling Kim, A beautiful & blessed 2018 to you.. love your 13 reasons. Ah Jon Snow!!! sigh. I did watch Colin Firth in Kingsman 2 and enjoyed him, not the movie so much. I’ve been away for so long, I don’t even know where to begin. My wishes are to
    Write, write, write – my job(not my passion yet, I think I’m an art teacher for a reason) gives me no time
    Read regularly,
    Stop thinking I have 27hrs in a day instead of 16 productive ones.
    Go adventuring with my family, enjoy every minute we have together exploring new places and eating new food, lots of new food
    & lessen my anxiety about my chickies
    love and xx

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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      I love your list.
      Yes, FAMILY, Shamitri!
      They mean EVERYTHING.
      Write. Write. Write.
      YES. YES. YEs. xxxx

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    Christine Carter
    January 5, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I had to catch my breath with that last line. I loved reading all of these things. I can just picture you with your boys, cooking all that delicious food. I want to drink wine with you. Someday it will happen. I know this. And I am writing down your favorite books and getting them at the library stat. Weight watchers? AWESOME. Fitting into those jeans? PRICELESS!! And melting, spring, summer, sun, flowers, walks, warm air, ALL OF IT!! How on earth do you SURVIVE in Minnesota??

    And yes oh yes oh yes… To gratitude. And every single moment on this earth is much more difficult if we don’t come to God first. I can only imagine experiencing such grief without Him… I’m SO glad He got your attention and swooped you into His arms.

    You and Kay will have eternity to catch up on those walks and talks. Thank HEAVEN for that. <3 (I hope I can join you!)

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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      OH, wine w/ you would be spectacular, right?
      Such laughter and deep conversation…that is after we stare at one another for a few moments!!
      I love your comments so much, dear Chris. xxxx from MN.

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    Marie Kléber
    January 8, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Love love love. Every single one of your words. God and Gratitude are keys to see life with an open heart Kim Meeting new people, this is such a gift. Bright days ahead with summer, sun and time with boys. Precious.

    As for me, it’s saying “thank you”, praying more often, loving and travelling to meet friends, new people, letting go of things that I don’t need anymore and writing, finding my truth, what I have to say and share with the world.

    Sending you Love Kim. May 2018 be bright, beautiful, full of delicious glasses of wine enjoyed with people you love and of words that are a delight for your readers.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      Marie,
      So much love and hugs arriving virtually and from my heart to Paris! xxxxx

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    Mandy
    January 8, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Love, love, love.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

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    Dawn in Michigan
    January 10, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Excellent list. I just finished Elizabeth Berg’s latest….The Story of Arthur Truluv. So sweet. Read it Christmas day while I was out of town. It made me smile.

    Here’s to a great 2018 for us all. And that spring happens soon.

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    Sandra
    January 15, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Great list Kim! This year I’m looking forward to taking better care of myself, mentally, physically and emotionally. When I’m at the top of my game I can do so much more for others.

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    Mercy
    January 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I reread this, and it had so much meaning. I always feel honored that you found me Kim. And that you have consistently penned down your feelings, frustrations and emotions. You inspire me.

    Lots of love from Kenya.
    I miss you my American queen 🙂

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    Gary Sidley
    January 19, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Some wonderful things to look forward to there Kim. I hope they all come to wonderful fruition.

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