Happy New Year!!!! It’s 2018 ya’ll! Can you believe it?!
So, out with the old and in with the new. In this case it’s out with the old year of 2017 and in with the brand new year of 2018!
Oh what a roller coaster ride we had this past year. We all went through some highs and lows but still made it through these entire twelve months, and guess what? We made it through and we are stronger, more refined individuals for it. I’m sure there were many times you’ve felt like throwing in the towel on a plan you’d been working on but then realizing that if only you approached it with a little more patience or from a different angle that it made all the difference. Or maybe you didn’t even figure out what to do and you’re just still trying to decide your next move, as long as you didn’t throw in the towel you’re still in the game and there’s still hope.
I saw a quote somewhere saying that ‘2017 was like living my best year and my worst year all at the same time’. I can relate to that a bit. While I had learned so much and acquired new skills and grew in ways that I never even imagined I also struggled with fears and then was on an island that was hit by maybe the most devastating hurricane of the century, that almost completely destroyed the entire island. Living through that and experiencing it leaves a permanent scar on your soul. Just being in it and not knowing whether the lives of you or your loved ones would be spared wrecks you in a way that is almost impossible to explain. To this day I am still very shaken up but I take life as it comes and try to make the best of every day. I look at how nature is bouncing back and I am trying to learn the lessons that it is teaching me.
My blog suffered after the hurricane. I couldn’t write as I wanted to or as I should but I am grateful for all of you who stuck with me and those of you who followed me even when I couldn’t publish work. I am here and I will try my very best to give you work that will inspire and motivate you and I both.
However, out of all the bad I saw so much good. I saw humanity and my faith was renewed. People reached out to me and my family in ways that I could only dream of. I call them angels in human form because that’s the only way I could put into words what their acts of kindness mean to me and my family. The Fieldens,The Russells, The Maynards, The Wards, The Hosams, The Josephs all my relatives and friends who always checked on me to make sure I was alright and I lacked nothing and even the lady I met at the books store in Grenada who gave me $100.00 to buy books for Little Elton. I am ever so grateful. So while 2017 presented some very tough times, there were very good things that manifested, even out of a very terrible experience. It taught me a very important lesson that there is always a silver lining.
So while we may not have accomplished everything we wanted to in 2017, I am sure we are not where we were at the end of 2016 because as long as we tried then we would learn something that helped us to grow in one way or another. Don’t be too hard on yourself or feel down because if you sit and think long enough and be truly honest with yourself you will realize that as long as you tried that you achieved something. So sit right now get a piece of paper or a notebook and write down everything that you achieved and the goals you accomplished for last year. Even if it was that you read two books more than you did in 2016 or you learned how to hand wash. It is something you now know that you didn’t know in 2016. Honestly, I was being a little hard on myself but then when I realized what was going on I had to stop myself and remind myself that I had grown significantly and I now possessed skills that I never did in 2016. I allowed myself to look past my fears and started expressing myself and one of the ways I did that is through my blog. I reminded myself that every goal I set out at the beginning of the year I had either accomplished or was already working on it in a significant way. So I am asking you to do the same and not be so hard on yourself.
And finally, a very happy new year to everyone. I wish you love, I wish you happiness, I wish you good vibes, I wish you light, I wish you blessings from above, I wish you soulful joy, I wish you a safe space where you can live your truth, I wish you success and I wish you friends and family who love and accept you whole-heartedly, in spite of your flaws, I wish you peace for each day and I wish you find every good thing your heart desires.
Happy 2018 my darlings!