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If this year taught me anything, it is that change is possible. It ain’t always easy, but indeed it is possible. I learned that you can take a leap of faith and sometimes things will actually work out the way you would hope they would. I learned that living a life of fear and hesitation is kind of silly and a hard habit to break. I learned that having moments of weakness doesn’t make you weak. I learned that good communication is hard, but saying what you want to say is invaluable. I learned that true love takes work, and that there is nothing more precious than this. I learned that life away from your family and all things familiar can be daunting and intimidating, especially when the newness factor turns into regularity, but that strength and love can pull you through. I learned that feeling like your true self and spreading that joy is a blessing often looked over in daily life.

This year was full of changes and challenges. I wouldn’t take back a single moment. Personally, professionally, mentally, emotionally, I took it all on. It wasn’t always pretty, but damn it was worth it. Something my dad always used to tell us really rang true this past year – “patience is a virtue.” As someone who loves checking off a to-do list, I found that this is not the way that life goes. I won’t always have the answers, and that is ok.

Something I noticed as I received birthday messages yesterday was the use of the word “full.” A full heart, a full spirit, living a life that is full of love and joy. This fullness is a great reminder of the true purpose of life. Living fully, whatever that means to you.

I have no idea where the next year will take me. A friend asked me about aspirations for the next year, and I was a deer in the headlights. Places I’d wish to travel? Check. How I would like to advance at work? Check. Happiness? Check. I suppose it is either time to sit down and reflect upon that, or live a life with intention every day and hope this transpires into something great.

Love hard, dream big, be smart, have fun, and as always, radiate positivity. That is what I would like to achieve this year.

Cheers to 26 🙂


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