Cheers to 2015!

Here we are, at the beginning of another year, and as always, I’m amazed at how quickly time passed!

In keeping with tradition, I’m reflecting and planning, and thinking about lessons learned.

At the beginning of 2014, my theme for the year was focus. And with a few distractions, that I have done. Early on in the year, especially, I kept my eyes fixed on accomplishing certain goals — moving into a new apartment, getting a new job, traveling more often (I miss you, Jamaica and Mexico!)

As always, there were challenges and disappointments..

In September, I lost one of the people I loved most deeply: my dad. It was devastating and heartbreaking and all the terrible things you imagine. But, in addition to making me more thankful than ever to be alive and well, my dad’s passing taught me an important lesson – to give love freely.

He had innumerable friends and family. In his last few months, all the deep connections he had forged during his life became evident as people traveled from different states and countries to be with him and wish him well.

As I delivered the eulogy to a packed church, I couldn’t help taking note of this accomplishment. And it’s stuck with me ever since.

Sometimes, quite honestly, I forget to nourish my tribe. You know, those people who are always, always there and who truly enrich your life. But in the last few months, I’ve been making extra time for my best friends and spending more time with the people I love.

And in 2015, I know that is what I need to work on. So here’s to another year of loving (family, friends, myself, God!). Because, truly, what are accomplishments worth without the people you celebrate them with?

Happy 2015, with love!

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