2016 has been a wild ride. Last New Year's Eve I went to the best sushi dinner with my friends. Zilla was serving a sake blend to cleanse us of our demons from 2015. Little did we know that some bigger demons were waiting right around the corner. This year I have loved and learned and lost and laughed more than I could have imagined. I traveled, ate delicious food, started a job that felt like coming home, strengthened friendships & learned that sometimes the best thing to do is to let go. Amidst all of the chaos of 2016 on a personal, national, and global level, I learned that friendship is one of the most important resources. As much as I want to be strong and independent, I can't do everything on my own. That's life; it's a give and take.
Having friends you can text at three am because they also have insomnia, friends that know you will never turn down pizza even though it gives you a stomach ache, friends that make you laugh until it feels like your abs will split down the middle, friends who will run through the airport with you because there is no way you are missing out on New Orleans, friends you can call when you are crying too hard to be coherent, friends that are so proud of you and never let you forget how wonderful you are. "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
As my world started to take a turn for the better, it seemed like the whole world was falling apart. I am working to be better at standing up for what I believe in and speaking out against things that are wrong. I am pushing myself to become educated about the things that scare me and to take action however I can. I want to start volunteering for a social justice organization in 2017 and would love any suggestions.
I know many of us are approaching 2017 with fear and uncertainty. All that we can do is show up and bring with us all of the lessons we have learned this year and fight to make the world a better place than we found it.