Stronger. Wiser. Sexier.
I think we can all agree that 2017 was a challenging year. Seems that everyone I spoke with expressed the stress that 2017 brought with it. Politics and economic uncertainty aside, I think 2017 carried many personal struggles for us. I am no different. This was an incredibly difficult year for me personally. I struggled with health issues (things that I will reveal to you later) and it really consumed my life. I lost myself this year. But I also found myself. I will not be the one to say ‘Fuck 2017’ because 2017 taught me a lot. I am grateful for the pain because I learned so much through it. I feel I have a new wealth of knowledge about myself. I have greater compassion and understanding for others. I was forced to practice what I preach. I really put my beliefs to the test and I have come out the other side just in time to welcome a new year.
2018 will bring change and I am open to it. I am open to new possibilities and opportunities. I am excited about pursuing myself and my dreams. I’m heading into this year with gratitude and an open heart. I can’t say that I have ever done that before. It is a new feeling for me and I like it.
I want to encourage you to start the year with gratitude. It is difficult, I know, but it is possible. Think about the year as a whole and not as a bunch of unattainable resolutions. Consider what you might want this year. It can be material, emotional, spiritual, or physical. Think about what attributes you need to nurture to get to those goals. I call it a theme of the year. And my themes this year are to pursue fun, joy, beauty, truth and inspiration. To be honest, fun and joy are the most difficult for me. I spend most of my time creating fun and joy for others that I forget to experience that myself. To be REALLY honest, having fun and experiencing joy makes me feel uncomfortable. Slightly unhinged. Out of control. Not something I’m proud to admit, but it is the truth. I have put systems in place that will allow me to shed some of my feelings of obligations and responsibility to make room for joy. I will prioritize it, which is something I never do. It will feel awkward and strange to me, but I’m ready to have fun!
I truly wish you all the best this year. Sometimes the best has to come out of the worst, but that makes it all the better. Happy New Year!