As many of you know, I prefer to make resolutions on my birthday, rather than on January 1. It's the start of my own fiscal year, if you will. I've been thinking a lot about myself and about my life lately, for a variety of reasons. My "answer to life, the universe, and everything" year was challenging. I was able to really deepen my friendship with several women I adore and admire tremendously. I did things I've never done before. I spent a lot of money on a lot of things, over tipped everyone, and worked on trying to impact other people positively. Sometimes I succeeded, sometimes I did not. I focused on the things I love and on reminding myself that I don't have to be anyone at all, except for me.
I lost my sweet Max.
But I know that in my deepest heart, I need to make some changes. I'm unhappy with my weight and how I look. I simply must learn to manage my stress more effectively. I need to make some tough decisions about my job. I want to be kinder to others, and to myself. I can do these things and plan to work on them and post about them this year.
This will be my mantra for Year 43, as in the end, it's all that actually matters:
Please know how grateful I am for every person who sees these words, and many who never will. I am honored to be surrounded by so many amazing people. I see you. I need you. I am thankful for you. Together, we are everything. ♥