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December 28, 2016

Dear 2017

Dear 2017,

I welcome you with open arms.  Truth is, every year has been a bit difficult, with my mother's passing, then a car accident, then my father's passing, then my health taking a dive... Seriously, every year has presented a heck of a challenge lately.  But 2016 was the year I remembered who I was.  I know, I know, 2016 sucked for so many, including me at first.  But mid-year, I made a change, unafraid to uproot my whole life and start new again.  It felt right, easy, guided.  Don't get me wrong, there's nothing easy about selling a house and moving to another State, but everything fell in place at the right time.  I had to do it for me, my health and my sanity.  I needed to find out if I was still that happy woman who would just hop on a plane at the last minute, always ready for an adventure.  I had lost my identity, and with that, I lost my sense of wonder.  I lost my creativity.  I lost my free Spirit.

Forward a few months, and here I am, at the end of the year of soul searching, ready to embrace you, 2017, for whatever you will bring.   Because there is still that sense of wonder and free Spirit in me, and all of us, no matter how much people try to make it theirs.  It's inside, it's yours, it's a discovery process that will bring you to happiness.  So, thank you, 2016 for all the lessons, for the much needed change and for all the challenges.  It makes me want to celebrate a new year even more.  Not just for one night, but for the rest of my life.

Here's to a Happy and Wonderful New Year!


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