So, as 2016 comes to a close, all I hear is people saying how awful the year was. We lost so many beloved stars, family members, witnessed unthinkable tragedies, navigated a roller coaster of personal issues, and made it through a rough election year with wounds and scars to show for it. Personally, over the summer I lost a brilliant Uncle to Cancer and an amazing Grandfather, the second half of the most amazing "power couple", and last of a generation I will always look up to and hold in my heart. I've worked through struggling to find a home for our little family, running my business, and fighting periods of depression, but you won't hear me curse the year of 2016. No, I will celebrate it.
I will raise a glass to 2016 as it rolls on out of our lives on Saturday because without it, I wouldn't have high hopes for 2017. Because of 2016, I have learned what I'm made of. I have learned how to push through my toughest days, I have taught myself how to be thankful for the little things, to go out of my way to be kind to others no matter the circumstances, I have begun to find the speck of good in the sea of bad. I am a better person because of the struggles I have endured and it has taught me to turn it around and use it as fuel to my fire. So as you celebrate on Saturday night, be sure to give 'ol 2016 a nod and then welcome the new year with open arms.
We have made it through, and there is nothing but possibility in front of us. 2017 is your year. Step forward and take what is coming to you. Dare to dream BIG. Go out and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. There is no time like the present, and you don't have to wait to get started. I wish you and yours an AMAZING New Year and look forward to hearing about what you will do to make your dreams come true in 2017.