It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m taking a few minutes to pause in the festivities of the Season to reflect on 2014. It has truly been an epic year for myself and my family, and I feel so blessed to have come this far in the pursuit of my dream.
I’m sitting by the fireplace with a beautiful tree in front of me, surrounded by my second family; my best friend and her three girls. It’s so hard to look forward to Christmas when it’s not my year to have my kids (we alternate each year, so as not to split the day). I basically go into denial mode and Christmas just sneaks up on me. This year was no exception. It’s the third Christmas I’ve had to spend without my kids, and it really sucks. But that’s the life when you’re a single parent, I guess. It’s about sharing holidays and trying as much as possible to not have your kids suffer.
As I ponder the close of 2014, I am full of gratitude. I’m grateful for the friends I have in my life that lift me up when I am low, and encourage me when I want to quit. Who are always there for me, in great times and shitty ones. I can’t imagine my life without them. I’m grateful for my two beautiful new nieces who came into this world in 2014, and reminded us all what really matters in life.
On this Christmas Eve, I pray you are with your loved ones and have a heart full of gratitude. Life is short and unpredictable, it can change on a dime. This is the life we have created and been blessed with, it’s up to us to make the most of it every day. I hope tonight and every day you remember to be thankful for the blessings in your life and vow to lead your life with a grateful heart. It really is the catalyst for change and the fastest way to bring about positivity in your life.
From my little crew to yours… MERRY CHRISTMAS!!