As each year draws to a close, I typically get a little bit reflective and I know I’m not the only one. Even if it’s been a doozy of a year - and there were some pretty rough moments in 2017 - I try not to wish a year away, to leap into the next without so much as a glance over my shoulder.
Because each year brings its own gifts. We lost my father-in-law in March, which was completely devastating. But, our son had his second year Earth-side, filling our lives with so much joy. I also made the bold decision to career transition and become a copywriter, and haven’t looked back. Friends were married, had children, moved houses, jobs and countries. Life happened.
I’m not sending out a newsletter this month - goodness knows there’s enough hitting your inbox right now. Instead, here’s my December musings in blog form. I hope that no matter what your year looked like, you can find something to be thankful for.
So, grab a cuppa (or a bubbles - it’s the silly season after all) and enjoy.
For good friends
Raise a glass to the ones who stuck by you this year when stuff got real. They are the keepers. Hug them hard.
For good things in the world
Rather than focus on the things we’d rather forget (Trump, anyone?), let’s celebrate marriage equality in Australia. #itsabouttime
We are so fortunate to be able to freely pursue our passions and goals, with all the resources we have available to us. Remember those days before the internet???
We are grateful for the toddler-wrangling, the wise advice, and for the reality check when we need it. #rememberwhereyoucamefrom To the littles, thank you for keeping us in the moment and for reminding us just how fascinating the small things can be.
For the success of others
A dear friend had her novel published this year, while another’s business grew from strength to strength. Yet another navigated year one of motherhood with poise, grace and a hell of a lot of patience. A fourth is taking a brave and inspiring step to study abroad. The list goes on.
For the nights you’re too tired to make conversation, or you just want to be swept away, Netflix brought us Stranger Things, The Sinner, The Fall and The Crown. Hallelujah!
For the bustling community where you may be living, to online, business and work communities, people need people. Connection is everything.
And lastly, for coffee
Without you, not much would be possible.
My very best wishes to you and yours this Christmas. See you back here in 2018. X