(Majority of this post was written on NYE hours before midnight. It was left the way it was. Post does not make complete sense in how it was written, but it is what it is.)
Looking back so that the view looking forward is even clearer.
Another year has gone by.
Time stops for no man, as my father says, and here we are again at another new year.
Is it really 2016 already?
I am not sure if I can believe we have reached 2016 but I do know this is the first year I am not afraid of failure this time around. It feels different.
2016 feels optimistic. Hopeful.
Our lifes are a reflection of our thoughts.
I must say, 2015 was in a league of its own. A very good year.
Some of the most incredible, beautiful and loving moments I have ever had.
Wonderful family time.
Some new adventures and travel.
Times that can never be repeated.
New experiences – business and personal.
I am more kind to myself now.
I have tried many new things.
But the year was not all good.
Some of the darkest hours I have ever had.
People hurt me deeply.
Friendships changed over time.
And on top of all that, a cancer health scare that rocked my world.
Moments of absolute broken but I was still standing.
Clean bill of health.
And the birth of my debut book, which I never expected could or would happen.
While I faced some of the worse times in my life, I always tried to reflect on the positive.
Each of these events taught me some of the best life lessons and I am grateful for how the year finished. I am a stronger person today. I am stoic. I am optimistic.
I am moving forward. I am excited about what is to come.
I think one of the things I realized this year is until you’re broken, you don’t know what you’re made of. It gives you the ability to build yourself all over again, but stronger than ever.
Being kicked down does not mean you have to stay there.
We must take the good with the bad. We must learn how to be motivated and resilient and successful.
Now two weeks into 2016, another week of hardships conquered.
Never did I think this past week would happen.
But I am doing fine and still standing.
While this is not the way I thought 2016 would start, I am grateful.
I am learning.
Do not take shortcuts.
Live my life and do everything the right way, the full way, the real way, even when I am tired or lazy.
Be my best me.
Know motivation is a choice, not a feeling. I am not sitting around waiting for it, but instead reaching out to conquer it and it has showed up every time.
In the past 14 days in this new year, I have learned some more life lessons, started working on the balance of life between work and home, focusing on using my time to its full potential and taking care of myself.
I am seeing through the hard times and stress realizing there can still be positive moments in bad days.
Without resolutions this year, but still with big goals, it is inspiring to get things done.
Get it done.
Reflecting on 2015, the year has taught me so much. The past is a place of reference. And I take that forward into 2016.
This is the year for us all.
Make the changes you wish to.
Live the life you want to.
Be the person you want to be.
And the rest will follow.