For me, December is a time not only for good cheer, but also a time to reflect on the year behind you and look forward to the year ahead…
I am incredibly grateful for all the amazing opportunities in my life, for a husband that has allowed me to freely pursue my passions, and for friends and family that have offered shoulders and ears and helping hands. In a single year, I have learned such a tremendous amount about myself, about business, about sacrifice and heartache, about joy and wonder, about friendship, about failure, and about all the wonderful and terrible things that come with life and living.
I readily admit, however, that this was not an easy year for me. My marriage hit a few bumps in the road, my pregnancy didn’t quite come to fruition, my business venture was failing me, and depression was consistently on the periphery of my vision. I had fallen into a rut and my demons were getting the better of me.
I had fallen apart indeed, and now have the labor of picking up the good pieces, tossing out the bad, and rebuilding a better version of myself. And you know what? I’m already feeling happier and healthier and ooh-so hopeful…
That’s one of the of the many wonders of December and the ensuing New Year: the strength it provides and the multitude of possibilities it brings.
I do feel as though I’m on a better path and while I’m sure there will be more bumps in the road ahead, I am without a doubt that 2013 is going to be a great year!
My new philosophy for the New Year: “be present and be happy.” What’s yours?
You know how I feel about this- the difficult times make us stronger so we can be ready to enjoy the good times ahead even more. 🙂
I do wish you a happy, healthy new year! I love the quotes on your post today. They are so true.
Thanks Laurie and I wish you a fabulous New Year as well! I love your “Made You Smile” today – it definitely worked. I’ve been smiling all morning…crazy animals!