Bring on 2017

Happy New Year! 

Here’s to the end of 2016. For some it’s saying goodbye to a great year – and to others, it’s the hope that this year will outweigh the last. For me, it’s both. 

I’m stepping out of a year that was, most definitely, one of the best years of my life. I went into 2016 hopeful & happy. Ready to face a brighter future, a happier life, leaving behind some of the fear from 2015. I knew where I wanted to be. I knew who I wanted to spend the year with, those I wanted to keep in my life, and had a small list of things I wanted to accomplish. 

Sometimes life throws curveballs, and I can’t say, during the course of the year, I didnt have to duck a few times or that I didn’t get hit with a few stray pitches that changed things up, but I’m okay with that. It’s what life does. And those crazy ass throws are what help us grow. 

Still, even when I take a moment of struggle and learn a new lesson or accept defeat, I was still HAPPY. Not the “that made me happy” type of happy, but the happy down deep in your self … the happy that wakes you up every morning hopeful and looking forward to the moments you’re going to make. The kind of happy that gets you through the day and helps you sleep at night. The kind of happy I have finally learned exists. 

I learned things in 2016 that will forever change who I am and alter my very belief system. Wounds have begun to heal. Fears have lessened. And I have smiled and laughed so much there is a permanent burn in my cheeks. I’ve eliminated toxic people from my bubble and welcomed a few new friends. I’ve been reunited with people I thought were lost to me and carried a piece of me with them. I’ve broken my silence, and earned from that a sense of freedom that I could only imagine existed before. I’ve started writing with purpose again; rekindling a spark in my soul I never want to lose again. And I have loved like I have never dreamed of loving. 

2016 was undoubtedly the best year of my life. There is no comparison. I am proud of how far I have come. I am proud of where I am. I didn’t get here alone. And I am proud to have the strong, amazing people in my life who walked through 2016 with me, going into 2017 with me.

This year, there are more changes coming. And I am as hopeful and excited about 2017 as I was 2016, and then some. 

I’m so excited we will be welcoming another sweet little face into our family, come July. I am thrilled to be starting the year in a workplace I love, helping to support my family. I can’t wait to watch my baby girl grow and learn as she starts Kindergarten in the fall and I’m ready to create new moments with her. I am grateful and so very lucky to cross into the new year, head-over-heels in love with an amazing and gorgeous man, and I am ready to go at another year building our little empire, loving and laughing. And to top it off, I have an awesome group of people going into this year with me. 

Once again, I know where I want to be when this year ends. I know who I want to make those amazing moments with. I have my short list of things I need to accomplish. And I’m jumping head first, with eyes wide open and my heart on my sleeve, into 2017. I’m ready.

For you … I hope if you haven’t already found your happy, that you will have the courage to chase it this year and make the changes sometimes needed to catch it. That if you have your happy, you have the strength to hold onto it, to protect and defend it. 

I hope that if you are struggling, you find purpose to give you strength. 

I hope you find inspiration and courage to face whatever curveballs life throws you. 

I hope you find your wings, and if you already have them, I hope you allow them to raise you up. 

I hope you find joy in small things and recognize the good things in the world. 

I hope you will be the good in the world. 

Happy New Year! 

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