Well my dears, 2015 was one heckuva ride.
It had some incredible ups and downs, some of the darkest days I've seen and some of the most blissful moments of my life thus far.
It was a year in which I had to say goodbye to my mother after her eight year battle with cancer. But even those days of grief carried the silver lining of knowing that she was no longer suffering.
I think you also come to know yourself a little more in that darkness. What is the Leonard Cohen line?
"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
The light has been that I've deepened my enjoyment of the little moments, and of the joy that everyday brings. I've learned to trust myself and let my voice ring strong and clear, even when I struggle with fear and doubt.
That's led me to be able to share my work with more confidence, even in the face of rejection. And there has been (and always will be) rejection. But has that diminished the value of what I experienced creating the work? Absolutely not.
So here are my wishes for all of us in 2016:
May we weather the ups and downs of the year with grace and resilience.
May those dark places of grief not lead us into despair, but instead let us know our own strength and the contents of our own hearts.
In those places where we crack and break, may we let the light in to fill us up.
May we become aware of the beauty that surrounds us each day, and may we allow ourselves to take a moment to experience joy and gratitude for those things.
And more than anything, may we allow our voices to be heard in our own lives. May we learn to listen to that deep inner voice and hear its needs, its joys and its wisdoms. May we allow ourselves to commune with that voice and create the work that we were meant to create.
Thank you so much for being with me on the journey of this past year. Here's to another 365 glorious opportunities in 2016!