Happy Ole Year’s Day. 2018 has been a year of tears, growth, anger, love, hurt, comfort, noise, peace, lack, abundance, repeated mistakes, and lessons learned. I could go on and on, but you get the picture, don’t you? So, although it’s been a year of ups and downs, I’m sitting here awfully thankful because I’m ALIVE and ready to do Life BIGGER than ever. And I enjoyed the Holidays.
I know I’ve grown throughout my Life, but this year I’ve learned how painful growth is and how necessary it is to embrace it and not fight against it. Kicking and screaming makes growth oh so much more challenging.
Although I’m excited for the New Year—I’m here in disbelief that 2018 went by like lightning. I had a few goals for 2018, and I accomplished only half of them, but I feel such a sense of accomplishment because while working towards my dreams, I was dealing with all the crap life threw at me, and I survived.
If I had to describe this year, I’d say it was a teaching year. The lessons came one after the other, from the left, right, and center. At one point during this year, I cried for four months every day, which made it even more difficult because I felt so alone.
While this year has kicked my a$$ and left me feeling drained And not quite myself, I’ve learned much that will benefit me going forward. But isn’t that what’s Life about? The experiences that help us to grow into our best selves as we navigate Life. As we close this year, I write this not to disappoint you. But to remind each of you that we are all in some way dealing with something, and for that reason, we should practice kindness to one another.
I’m boldly embracing 2019 with courage and consistency; if I told you I had New Year’s resolutions—I’d be lying. I don’t believe in resolutions—I don’t believe January 1st is special anyway. If I had to give you one bit of advice, I’d say start now, this very moment, not tomorrow, not the day after. Start from where you are right now, be consistent, and finish your tasks that will get you to that Dream fulfilled or goal accomplished.
So Happy Ole Years’ Day. See you in the New Year, Dahling, Bolder, and Bigger than your challenges.