In just about 1 month, I’ll turn 28 years old. 28?!?! Where have these years gone? I wonder sometimes what a new year will hold. I get excited thinking about this fresh start, a (symbolically) clean slate and 365 days of untold adventure. I love thinking about what could be written on those pages of possibility and dreaming about all the exciting things in store.
I’ve turned a few pages in 2015. I’ve lived in moments that I’ll forever cherish. I watched as my home became a place where friends and family gather to eat and laugh and pray. I’ve spent days writing and was grateful to have avenues to share those written words. I’ve walked through very difficult days in the classroom, and then saw the sun start shining again with a new classroom full of students that always bring laughter and joy. I’ve been on many adventures to places near and far….and made some amazing friends along the way. I’ve taken a step of faith toward a change that I think will allow me to become a better me and get to experience a little less stress, more time to take care of some things at home, and find a little peace in the process. And I’ve learned that sometimes we must step away from the very thing we love most for a little while to recapture our zeal and excitement…to become better at what we do. I’m proud of what 2015 held and I’m looking forward to a 2016 full of new opportunities and adventures.
As a general rule, I don’t make any resolutions for the new year (mostly because I never keep them), however, I do have some hopes and dreams for what the pages of my story will read in the coming year. I love what Neil Gaiman said over 15 years ago….his wish then is my wish today.
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. – Neil Gaiman
Happy New Year, friends. We’ve got some living to do.