I know everyone is hating on 2016 pretty hard right now what with all the deaths (Carrie Fisher, Prince, etc.). But I have to say that 2016 has been pretty great to me. To me, 2016 will always be the year I got myself back. And I hope 2017 is the year I do something about it.
This year, I did something that scared me. I embraced a new challenge. I struggled with my identity. I made a choice that changed everything. I made new friends and, in turn, became part of something larger than myself. I found my story. I found myself.
That’s not to say this year was without darkness. I lost my dear cousin Alanna and I will be forever changed by it. I know she’s looking down on me though, and carry the love and spirit she lived her life with in my heart each day.
So I’ll keep this post short. 2016 was not the year I thought it would be, but it was the year I needed it to be. And though unspeakable grief and loss still follow me, I am looking toward 2017 with hope, faith, and the strength of all that has come before it. Happy New Year everyone!