Thank you, 2017

Every year I sit down and think about the prior 365 days and usually I bid a fond “good riddance” to the past. If you know what I’ve been through the last 12 months you would probably assume that this year would bring two big middle fingers followed by a cheerful kiss my butt. You know what they say about assuming…

This year was a list of firsts, forgiveness, faith, and new beginnings. I never thought I would be where I am today, in so many ways, but I am accepting and thanking God for the lessons and blessings I have received, even if I didn’t realize it at the time.

Thank you, 2017, for helping me realize that I am more than enough, even if I lost a big part of my life.

Thank you, 2017, for allowing me to act on a dream I have had for so many years, not filing it in the back of my mind like other dreams and aspirations I let fall to the back of the line.

Thank you, 2017, for showing me the strength that I have is not my own. I had to learn to let go and let someone else take control, something I have never been good at. I have gotten through the trials and tribulations of the past year by nothing but grace and mercy. I never knew what those words truly meant until my life depended on it. I wouldn’t be here without it.

2018 is shaping up to be pretty special. God willing, my book will be ready for distribution  in January, I will begin my speaking and coaching career, and I will celebrate helping another woman pursue and win a position in the Ohio Statehouse.

I might not be entering the year exactly how I had planned, with exactly who I thought would be by my side, but things are looking up and I refuse to look down.

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