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... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Keep Rolling…Reflections for 2018

As we literally slide into the New Year, I can’t help but ponder what 2018 will bring. Little did I know 2017 would present with the loss of loved ones and strike home as it did with the untimely passing of my children’s father.

Steve and I spent many years discussing when and how we would want to be remembered. I’m confident Steve lived and was loved large.
Steve’s legacy will continue as we endowed the Steve Looney Scholarship Fund through his is alma mater, Seattle University. A worthy athlete will have their education funded in his honor as his legacy. Steve’s children and I are beyond grateful to all who contributed and supported this endowment. As “The Loons” would often say, he was doing better than most, but not as good as a lot of people. We will forever miss his character, presence, and Joie de vivre.

When I experience such loss, it is a tangible reminder that life is indeed short and we must live every day as if it’s our last- as Sinatra said, one day you will be right!

So as you are making your resolutions, in addition to all the things you are giving up- (fast food, sweets, alcohol, not working out) make a list of additions.
Resolve to try something new.
Go someplace you’ve never been
Make a new friend- invite someone random to coffee
Be spontaneous
Discover your hometown – new neighborhoods
Love without abandon
Say I Love you to every day

I know many reading this are going through rough times- be it financial, health or heart break. I have lived through it all and I remind you of one of my favorite quotes, “If you’re going through HELL, keep on going.” Hard times hit us all, and when I reflect on those challenges, I now see them as gifts which made me stronger. I genuinely don’t believe I could appreciate where I have landed if I didn’t know the pain and struggle.

Someone recently said I live my life on roller skates. As I reflected on my travels this past year alone- Park City to Punta Mita, Austin to Amsterdam, Half Moon Bay to many cities in between, I must say, I’m embracing the ride. Every day finding more ways to live, laugh, love and give.

2018 get your skates and let’s keep rolling!