Jemma's Tales

New Year, New Beginnings and Blossoming

January 01, 2022

Happy New Year and Welcome!

Are you ready to blossom throughout the year? 

Not merely bloom and poof...the petals have fallen to the ground and withered.

I mean really blossom all throughout the seasons of 2022

I am, I really am, lets make this our year to blossom.


What Does It Mean When Someone Is Blossoming?

  • Thriving
  • Flourishing
  • Developing
  • "Blossoming into a confident woman."
  • "Blossoming into a stronger woman."
  • Achieving lifelong goals


When The Age Number Increases.

It has recently come to my attention that my clock is ticking on hyper-speed.
Seems I have been in denial about my age, because I really and truly do not feel 65.
Oh I have plenty of stiff joints and sometimes I feel like an accordion when I stand up...😂
But I have a ton of get up and go left in this body, mind and spirit.
All of sudden the number 65 jumped off my drivers license and onto my lap and I did this happen?
Who is 65?
Oh it's me!😲



Shedding Cumbersome Stereotypes

Worn out stereotypes, are like worn out shoes they are smelly and ugly!

I have come to realize it is time to shed a few of my old notions about life, humanity and myself.
I believe we all should grow and strive no matter our age.
Change....and change is always a challenge.
Making room for new thoughts, ideas and such in order to grow while working to achieve long term goals.


Don't become a causality of cumbersome stereotypes!

I hope you aren't holding onto stereotypes and if you are-shake them off immediately!
Sadly enough I am a causality of cumbersome stereotypes and they are making my shoulders slump and my tummy bulge. 


I am putting on a magnifying lens so I can see real clear and I say let's blossom!

How about shaking off those cumbersome hang-ups of what ifs', how comes, why nots and what the heck went wrong!

In one word these old ways are pretty BORING!


What I am saying Goodbye to in 2021 so I can Blossom

  • Blurry Boundaries
  • Questioning my self-worth
  • Hiding my strengths 
  • Second guessing my intuition
  • People who hurt me

Giving Ourselves Permission To Love Ourselves

No matter what our age or status in life, we must love ourselves and speak daily affirmations to our spirit.
So this year I am giving myself to permission to love myself and live my life fully just as I am.
On most days I am my own worst critic and sometimes it is paralyzing.

Calling a Spade a Spade.

I am calling a spade a spade and lacing it all with a sugar cookie.😅

Snarky and sweet is the best combo of all.

Who knew blossoming could be so fun!


The Golden Girls & Betty White

Maybe it is Betty White's passing that has ignited this sudden fervor within the cockles of my heart.
Those Golden Girls knew the joys and angst of aging and the importance of  just not taking life overly serious.


Let's really live this year and blossom into achieving our long-term goals, perhaps goals that have been put on the back burner for whatever reason. 

Let's live with more laughter and practice shedding those old worn out stereotypes!

Happy New Year!



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  1. Nice post Jemma. I am right on your heels for the big 65. I turn 64 this April. Happy New Year. xoxo

  2. Yes time is flying by us and it so nice to reflect back on what we have done and where and what we want to achieve yet. I will be 74 in March and suddenly realized that the numbers are going the wrong way now. Time to just enjoy life and family and what it has to offer in the New Year!

    1. Hi Darlene,
      Thanks for reading and commenting. Blessings to you !

  3. Jemma, reading your message here this morning is SO timely! I just finished reading my newsfeed and one lovely tribute to Betty White on the Washington Post really left me smiling, laughing even, about how White viewed death. It made me think about going back to the gospels to verify what I was thinking: that Christ didn't talk much about the physical death of the body but spoke more about what gives LIFE in this realm and in the one to come. Anyway, what you are saying here, you KNOW I am in 100% agreement with you! I'm 63 and I don't feel it in my spirit (or body, except for the occasional twinge of OUCH on my hip flexor!) and I have to work on sloughing off those unnecessary worries that I have allowed other people's unkindness effect me. Here is to another year of developing our strengths and facing our weaknesses with courage and a chuckle!

    1. Good Morning Anita,
      I too have been reading about Betty White's remarkable life and her mindset on dying. One article stated that she viewed death as an adventure. I tend to agree. Loosing my sister, my parents and surviving cancer I tend to believe that the good Lord will call us home when He sees fit. In the meantime I believe I have a lot of living to do!

  4. Happy New Year, Jemma. May you continue blossoming throughout 2022 and beyond. I love that you are giving yourself permission to bid farewell to somethings and making room for others to enter. Much joy to you.

    1. Happy New Year to you my friend.
      Wishing you the very best that 2022 has to offer.

  5. Happy New Year, dear Jemma. And what a wonderful post filled with goodness for the new year! I am trying to leave many things behind as well, and living the grateful life I have now in the mountains. I see all the beauty with the snow and the trees, and how can one not be in wonder of it all? And with Spring, comes new things to gaze at. You know, I smiled when you mentioned Betty White, cause I loved her as an actress. I still watch episodes of The Golden Girls. And I remember her on the Mary Tyler Moore show too. Your pink roses are a delight to see in the new year, and I can just dive into those desserts haha. I hope so many good things come to you this year, Jemma, and it was nice to hear that next year you may be on your Idaho farm blanketed with snow. I am in awe with it, it's so beautiful to me. love ya, dear Jemma. Have a fun first week in the new year.


    1. Hello Sheri,
      You and I are sharing some positive goals for the New Year! I know that we can do this!

  6. I'm behind in my post reading but I LOVE this post!! New year & new chances for growth! I am with you & cheering you on!! Let's do this!! :)

    1. Good Morning Laura,
      Yes! New Year and new opportunities to grow and thrive!

  7. Hey Jemma, I agree wholeheartedly! I will be 68 this year and feel more like 30. I decided a couple of years ago to eat healthier and exercise in hopes of slowing the downward spiral. I feel physically well and my emotional health is much better. You don't look 65 or act 65 Jemma. You go girl! Wish we could see each other again. I would love to hangout with you, Kathy

    1. Hey Kathy!
      I know that we can do this. Truly so much of life is all about choices. I totally agree with you that at our age we really have to be extra mindful and proactive in our choices. Exercise and diet have always been huge in our welfare but even more so now as we lean into our older years.
      It sure would be neat to hangout again!

  8. I turned 70 in November. I am still growing and learning! Plus I want more years with my family. And I still work on to stop doubting myself!


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