So many things to be grateful for in 2016. So many things to look forward to in 2017!

I’ve seen and heard so much widespread hatred for the year of 2016 over social media and through friends and family. So many people longing to put this year to rest and move into a new, fresh year with a clean slate. I, for one have had hardships over the past year but I believe it’s all about perspective. There’s going to be failures, there’s going to be grief, there’s going to be dark times, gloomy days and moments of despair. It’s a part of life. Without rain we wouldn’t have rainbows, without darkness we wouldn’t know light and without sadness we would never know what it’s like to feel pure joy. Take a look around you and be grateful for what you have, where you’re at and the people you have in your life. Take a quick second to look back over the past 365 days and the trials attached to them. What lessons did you learn from them? How did you grow from these experiences? If you’re looking back with regret for choices you made, how are you going to make the necessary positive changes in your life so that when you are looking back you’re looking back with pride and a happy heart instead of sadness and regret? Now set these lessons you’ve taken aside and look back at the positive experiences you had. When you felt joy, the times you laughed, if you experienced something new and exciting, the accomplishments you made and the times you witnessed pure beauty. Take all these precious moments along with all the lessons and experiences you learned, gather them up in your arms and face forward. Leave the guilt, the regret, the failures, the pain and the sorrow in the past and move forward with this new knowledge you carry with you. We are forever growing in wisdom, love and light if we are learning from past mistakes, leaving the negative behind us, being charitable and humble, being present in our every day lives and looking forward to the future with hope.

I have created a healthy list of goals for this upcoming year. So many hopes …starting with uping my game in the blogging world! There are 52 weeks in a year. My goal is to post at least 52 blogs in 2017, that’s just 1 blog a week. I was going to try to hit one a day, however, I know myself and my busy schedule all too well and that would be a bit too ambitious for me! When deciding to start a blog my daughter asked “Mom, how in the world are you going to have time for a blog?” My response- “I’ll make time! Watch me!” 🙂

Happy New Years!! May your life be filled with abundance! Hopeful“>Hopeful


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