Confessions and Wishes

I have a confession to make: each time I visit a blog, in addition to reading the posts, I scroll to the bottom of the page to see what theme is being used. Then I check the archives to see how long the blog has been around, and what widgets are being used, to see what I can learn from that blogger to make Wide Eyed In Wonder a better, more engaging blog.

I want to wish you a very prosperous 2015. Thank you for stopping by, reading, clicking on the “like” button, and leaving me thoughtful comments. For that I am grateful. I wish you much happiness, joy and health in 2015.

I’m looking forward to learning from you.

All Grown Up – State or Status?

Two life-changing events converged on the 23rd of August 1997 – I had my driver’s license in hand and at the same time took ownership of my very first brand new car.

I no longer needed to use public busses or get dropped off at work, shopping malls and the post office. On that day I became independent. Mobility on my terms and in my own time. I felt grown up then.

A few years later I landed a job that required a lot of travel. As I wheeled my fancy new laptop bag onto the 6h00 flight together with a lot of other business people, I felt grow up then too.

The first time I bought shares…I felt grown up.

When I got married…I felt grown up.

When I did my very first long road trip on my own…I felt grown up.

When I left school…

When I turned 21…

There have been many times when I have felt grown up. For me it’s but a state, fleeting, and not a status, permanent. I’m still growing up, learning, changing and experiencing new things. Becoming a better version of myself each and every day.

I don’t ever want to feel grown up because for me, it will mean stagnation.

I want to remain curious and surprised, I want to experience the world with wide eyed wonder every single day.

The yellow volksie was my first car but it was not brand new when I bought it (read more about that amazing vehicle here).
WordPress daily prompt: When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)? Read here for other blogger's posts on this prompt.

What else but Christmas warmth?

It is summer here in the Southern Hemisphere. The weather is hot and humid, but somehow Christmas is not complete without a decorated pine tree.

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For my family here in South Africa, Christmas is a mixture of traditions: a Portuguese cod fish dish on Christmas Eve, stuffed turkey with all the trimmings on Christmas Day. In many other families it is a braai. Instead of a fire in the hearth, we have a braai fire. Instead of snow we have soft rain. Instead of egg-nog we have champagne (in my family at least).

It is family time!

This week's theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Warmth. Click to go on over to see other bloggers' interpretations of this week's theme.

Three-Photo Essay: Cookies, Yellow and Yummy

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: YellowAway with the colors of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Show us what “yellow” means to you.

 Yellow and yummy cookies, lovingly baked by my niece. 

This week I am using WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme of “Yellow”, to experiment with a Three-Photo Essay. Click on each individual image to see the full photo.