Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016.

This has been a crazy year of ups and downs. I’ll be honest with you all, I’ve seen some gray days this year I’ve not seen since after Dad died. Too much stress and not enough self-care at certain points of this year had me considering professional help for the first time in a long time. The difference between the grays of this year and the grays of 2009-2010 is that this year I have this amazing network of friends to keep me treading water. My heart is filled with joy every time I see the faces of the people in my community and I’m reminded how lucky I am to have such light-givers in my world to help me when I’m stuck in the dark.

While I’ve had days where I’ve truly struggled to find the light, this year has also been full of days where sunglasses were not enough. There are challenges and goals conquered, there were celebrations enjoyed, I went on two amazing trips that energized my spirit and healed my soul. Harry Potter World and a solo trip to Denver were perfectly timed adventures and time with family that helped me find light to combat some of the darkness I was facing.

SELLING YOUR HOUSE IS STRESSFUL, is the moral of this story.

So many ups. So many downs. It’s been a weird year. But I’m beyond grateful for this space because so many days I unload my stress on this page and the writing is healing and the conversations are rejuvenating and I just often wonder how I would cope without this place on the web. 12 years of writing. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for so long.

This is an anticlimactic way to end the year, but considering the chaos of the ups and downs the 12 months prior, I’m okay with a boring last page of this book. I’m ready to bring on a new year and put this one to bed. I’m hopeful and I’m grateful and I’m blessed.

I hope to spend 2016 giving thanks to all of those in my life without whom I’d most certainly stumble and fall.

Bring on 2016. The Year of Thanks.