Cheers to Year 53

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I count my years by December 30ths. Cheers to Year 53, and Happy Birthday to Me!

In the last days of December, I like to reflect and adjust. Or try to adjust. Why not enter the New Year with my mind right? Except in recent days, the more I turned the events of ’22 over in my brain, the more I heard nothing but crickets. I drew no real conclusions. Wasn’t it Socrates who said something like “The more I learn, the less I know”?

My thoughts from a year ago:  

“In fact, there’s no better time than a new year or a birthday to let bygones be bygones and let it go. A gift to myself. Peace. I Believe our struggles strengthen us. I suppose that’s my 2021 takeaway. Strength. Perseverance. I made it. You did, too. As for 2022, I choose Hope. Maybe we’ll all be surprised.”

Crystal Byers

Perspective from my barely-younger former self, the girl who feels all the feels, but reaches for the bold.

As for 2023, I’ll stuff my pockets with the necessary ammo and wish you all the same:

Faith + Gratitude = Peace + Hope

Belief, Strength, Perseverance, Honesty, Courage, Progress, and Grace…

Happy New Year to You and Yours!

90 thoughts on “Cheers to Year 53

  1. Hi Crystal, I am just in from shoveling the latest gift of snow and yours is the first post I read. I hope you have a wonderful 2023. Thank you for your posts this year and I always welcome reading them because they give me perspective. I am glad your pockets have ammo but the ammo is gratitude, patience, family, friends and hopefully wonderful health.

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  2. Happy Birthday ! “Let how you live your life stand for something, no matter how small and incidental it may seem.”    Jodie Foster       K.C. Rothschopf  


  3. Happy Birthday, Miss Crystal. It’s ironic that one of your sentences in this brief post is the very top inspirational quote on my blog post today. Heh. Coincidence? Blessings to you. 💗


  4. Thank you for sharing and Happy Birthday!!.. hope the day, and your presents, are filled with love and happiness!.. “It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that count” (Author Unknown)… 🙂

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year filled with peace, love, happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again… 🙂
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  5. Happy everyday to you but especially your birthday! We’re always working under the shadow of naivety, it shades everything we encounter, but it also protects us from the harsher rays of life. I’m a little envious of your ammo. Clearly I’ll need to borrow some of your patience! Thank you for sharing your wisdom so fruitfully with all of us! May you overflow with love and grace in 2023! Love you, C


  6. Happy Birthday, Crystal! Happy New Year! You get a double dose of reflectiveness each year! Each day, week, month, and year are gifts. May all of your “gifts” be filled with love and peace in 2023.


  7. Best wishes, Crystal, on a new year, both for the calendar and for you.

    Dreamers appreciate the fresh start and use that inflection to change trajectory and even priorities. Excellent. We do that, don’t we?

    All the same, it’s useful too, to consider those goals which have withstood that natural impulse to change everything. Your own inventory includes Hope and Peace. They’re fine things to keep. New dreams should enhance them, not replace them. Always building, right?

    By the way, when I was about this weekend, I spotted a sign wishing passers-by “A Joyous and Happy ‘2023’.”

    “2023?” Another pair of unnecessary quotation marks!

    Unless…That business knows “2023” is just an illusion. Actually, it’s 1978, and disco is very much alive. In our office the beat never stopped.

    Happy 2023, “Crystal!”


    1. The things you see while out and about and the things that make you go “hmm…” I’m happy it’s 2023 (see your wishes worked, Keith). Still, I would like to think a good office beat never goes out of style. Happy “20”23!

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