I’m sitting in my bedroom — it’s all tidy and organized after a few hours of really late spring cleaning. The family is getting everything ready for our flight tomorrow night to go to Trinidad! We haven’t been back there since 2009 so it’s long overdue. I can’t wait to spend time with my extended family, grandparents, cousins and relax in the sun. There’s a pool at my aunt’s house so I’ll be a mermaid for three blissful weeks. Thanks be to God for making this trip happen for my family — somehow we’re all available to take the time off at this stage in our lives. It’s the perfect way to bring in the new year.
As for tonight I’m jamming out to the voice of Hayley Williams, the singer of Paramore. Each of the songs I listened to today brought me back to a different moment in my life. It’s nice to see my journey so far in retrospect.
In a couple hours my best friend will be arriving to chat about some resolutions, play some games with my family, maybe even watch a movie until the countdown begins.
I am so thankful for everything that happened in 2013. I graduated from my post-grad program in Journalism, interned at Tribute Entertainment, survived gallbladder surgery and spent quality time with my grandmothers, diligently worked at my second internship – Trend Hunter, got hired after my four month session with them, and all that’s left is this amazing night and a great trip that will begin tomorrow night. I made great new friends, held onto treasured old ones, challenged myself and achieved my goals, and trusted God the whole time. I’ve improved on taking risks, I’ve become more self-aware and conscious about the kind of person I want to become.
Every year you live can be wonderful to look back on. Think of your life like a story book and every year is a new chapter. This book is about you and the story you tell will be read by the people in your life, every time you write a new page.
“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, ’cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” – Will Smith
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'” – Erma Bombeck
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein
Many people believe in the power of the mind, but I believe that it’s God’s power and greatness that works through us. We have the amazing gift of being in control of ourselves, the decisions we make and the way we think. This power we have can be used with negativity to tear people down and ripple into an ugly storm, or it can be used with hope and positivity to bring people up and be the light in the lives of others.
I hope you spend tonight reflecting on last year and that you set some goals for yourself for the new year. What do you want to be like? What do you need to change? Who do you need to treat better and how can you show love to people who need it?
Have a great night wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. Smile as the clock strikes 12 because this is another year where you have life and you are loved.
Cheers my friends! Happy new year!