Home this Christmas is vastly different from the one I shared with you just a couple of years ago.
There’s no softly falling snow, brightly-lit 13 foot tree surrounded by a mound of presents, or plans for dinner with close friends and neighbours at a prettily set table.
Instead, there’s just one string of crazy green-and-red shotgun shell lights hung over the couch in the RV, some festive headgear and some holiday cards that I have yet to send.
Christmas dinner will likely consist of frozen turkey bits, brussel sprouts and packaged mashed potatoes from the local grocery store. With luck, we will share our bonfire and some holiday cheer in the evening with our fellow vagabonds at this California desert State Park.
Wherever, whatever, whomever — it’s all perfectly lovely! The real gift is that we can connect with the special people in our lives (like you!) far away through Facebook, email, blog posts and Skype.
So, that’s my wish for you this holiday season — that you appreciate the now — what you have, wherever you are (home or away) and whomever you are with.
Peace, love and prosperity now and always,
P.S. I’m off to re-build tonight’s bonfire setup. Jasper wrecked it in his pursuit of the used paper plates from lunch. LOL.
Jim Fortune says
Thank you sharing – not just today but all of the days of the year. It is appreciated and I think you for it. Best wishes for the holiday season and for 2012!!!
Roy Harrison says
All Good Wishes to you Ros as well ! I tried your link and it malfunctioned !! Thanks for this one, I like your head gear(both). Reindeer Dogs in California eh! Hmmmm…..
Thanks for keeping me updated with your news ! = Roy
merry christmass thanks for all the info over the years.Heres to a happy new year.
That sounds such a nice, relaxed way to spend Christmas. I thought that you would have a jumper on, though, at this time of the year? Looks as though Jasper approves.
Julio Alarcon says
Thank you Ros
How awesome to spend Christmas exactly the way YOU want to – good for you! Have a wonderful holiday and an amazing new year 🙂
Johan Sandstrom says
and Happy Holidays.in the camp.
Can I monetize the following…?
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Of course I do need traffic..too.
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..can it be monetized.
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With your many years of experience can you see any tangible indicators directing me still towards the field of work ‘affiliate’ marketing. I just don’t want to sell vacuum cleaners. Or live on Clickbank.
What tools do you have and do you recommend from your own tool box?
You have a great way of communicating. If any of the above will trigger any response from you I am most appreciative.
Thanks for you vise and kind words – Living NOW – is very important.
A very good friend of mine have worked hard to achive all her goals for years, you know a beautiful home, a summer cottage, 3 children, cars, etc – everything made possible through a demanding job and career.
3 months ago they found a tumor in her left breast…… it simply broke my heart. But I’m sure she will get through this illness, she is strong as a rock – but it made me stop and think about what really is important in our lives.
All the things we buy and surround us with are not really important at all – but being together with loved ones, sharing and laughing, watching the sun go down, preparing a nice dinner, staying in bed for two days, finding time playing football or making a snowman with your kids – these “soft” values are the real things in life somehow – by living right now and enjoying every moment we fill our lives with greatness and it will lea to happiness in a strange way!!
So I hope you will enjoy your Christmas – not by stressing around buying lot’s of things, but by having a nice cosy time with your dearest ones.
(PS. All the things we buy and surround us with, we can’t take with us up to “Saint Peder” anyway :O)
All the very best for 201
– and of course “Happy holidays” to you Ros.
Brian Kemp says
Thanks Ros! It sounds perfect!
I wish we could all spend more time in nature. I was a Game Warden for many years and I have lost count of the times I pine for that life!
Have a great few days and – as you say – live for the moment!
Ken Anczerewicz says
Merry Christmas Rosalind,
I agree, I think everyone can find things to be grateful for like connecting with the special people in our lives and the gift God gave to the world in Jesus – the real meaning of Christmas.
That looks like one lucky dog you’ve got there…: )
One extreme to the other huh? Merry Xmas from cloudy, muggy, sunny Auckland, New Zealand where it never snows but sometimes pees down on Xmas Day.
We will not be cooking, (did attempt to make potato, beetroot and egg salad) but visiting some old friends here and there.
Love and Luck to you and (your ‘best friend’ in the photo 🙂 and everyone who you will be with tomorrow 🙂
Merry Christmas Rosalind
You have a chocolate lab too! Lol Jasper was on a mission, Babe is our chocolate lab. It’s one thing about owning a lab, there are so many stories they bring, and I just love it. Babe is our 2nd lab. Boscoe was the first.
Your Outdoor holiday sounds really great to me. I can’t agree more, life is in the now. a person can glaze that over when focus is on the past or what is to come.
Have a great one
Jim Ruppel says
Merry Christmas Ros.
DOUG SWEETSER says
A friend sent me this link to a performance of the Military Wives Choir. Being a part of the British community, you probably are familier with them already. But, just to be sure, and thinking that you would appreciate them, their courage, attitude and talent, I am sending it to you anyway.
GREAT SONG, CUT & PASTE IF NEED BE………………
Have a great Christmas, both you and Ed…
Lynn N says
Thanks Ros. Enjoy the holiday, and have a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year.
Wow Ros, good on you for the traveling! Hope you have a great time and a very Merry Christmas!!!!
Hey Ros, awesome because it is ALWAYS at and in the moment that counts. Peace and Love – Always and in ALL ways 🙂 Merry Christmas
MK (Casey) van Bronkhorst says
Years ago, my late husband and I spent many Thanksgiving holidays at Furnace Creek campground in Death Valley – and a few Christmas holidays as well. We celebrated while hiding out from steep winds in a trailer that pulled behind one of our motorcycles – or huddled up near the Weber barbecue on which the turkey happily roasted. Merry Christmas, fellow traveler – and many Happy New Years as well!
I enjoy your articles and want to thank you for the value of information you provide. I’ve also purchased your Super Affiliate Handbook and will begin reading it this coming New Year — that’s one of the two resoulations I have made for 2012…The other I borrowed from a quote:
“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” ~John Burroughs
Carol Ann Quibell says
Merry Christmas. Your Christmas sounds wonderful. Enjoy yourself.
Tammy Goodman says
Thanks Ros for the link. Sounds like my kinda holiday. I used to stress about how the house was decorated and the tree, food etc., but that’s not a real Christmas, now it’s about the one’s we love and our stress levels being a minimal. My goal for this year is to get this affiliate marketing off the ground and actually making some money. With your help I know I can get it done, afterall I took a real estate business from nothing and made it work so I can do this too. Keeping up with your work has really inspired me, so keep up the good work and may you have a great year as well!
wishing you a blessed 2012, Rosalind. Keep the inspiration flowing abundantly, and keep doing what you’re doing 🙂