It’s funny how despite the isolated low points and unfortunate mishaps that inevitably happen at some point during the span of 365 days, I’ve had very few years that as a whole felt resoundingly negative. It’s kind of nice to know that for the most part, our memories serve to reinforce positive moments more, isn’t it? Though 2012 had some rough patches here and there, the entire year has been a pretty momentous period of positive growth, exciting opportunities, and rewarding new connections for me (not to mention a year filled with lots of laughter and love…always a plus).
Towards the end of this very full year, I became inspired to start a gratitude diary. Starting around late November, the one month that probably stands out as being the toughest one of the year actually, I was beating myself up a lot and feeling some momentary negativity about myself, my life, etc. I forget what exactly spurred it, but at some point during this rough patch, my perspective suddenly changed and I started thinking about all the amazing things I have in my life, and how silly it was that I was upset about a life that had thus far been actually quite blessed. My family, my friends, my boyfriend, my dog, my health, my readers, my community, my hobbies (which have turned into careers, lucky for me), my education, my country, my travels…I really had very little (read: nothing) to be sad about. What’s more, I also lightened up in terms of my “never good enough” attitude regarding my accomplishments or career goals and realized that really, I actually have a lot to be happy with and proud of in that area of my life.
So anyway, I’m so glad that I started this gratitude diary just in time to close 2012 with lots of happiness. I’m incredibly grateful and thankful for all the blessings and people I have in my life, including all of you. I can’t really express enough how lucky I feel to have the opportunity to connect with all of you in such a unique way and to be involved in such an incredible community.
I’m so excited for 2013 and what it will bring (though I already know what January will bring: another round of Whole 30!). I hope you all have the most wonderful New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!