Happy New Years (A.K.A Goodbye 2020)

I think that we all agree that 2020 has been a shit show of a year. Between Covid-19, the election, and everything else, I am ready to see this year in the rear view mirror.

I don’t know about anyone else, but after everything that has happened, I can’t help but feel grateful.

I have breath in my body, food in my belly, a roof over my head, and employment that comes with a decent paycheck and benefits. Though the turning of the clock does not mean that our troubles will go away, we will have the opportunity to move on.

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Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this year, I wish nothing but the best for you in 2021. Happy New Year!

Thoughts on the End of a Decade and the End of the Year

New Year’s Eve is more than the end of the holidays or a reason to get together with loved ones. It is a time of reflection and contemplation.

As 2019 and the 2010’s come to a close, perspective comes into play.

When the decade started, I was in my late twenties. Ten years later, I am nearly forty. One of the things I now realize that my twenties were about molding my adult self. My thirties are about becoming that adult that was made in my twenties.

2019 has been a year of highs, lows, and growth in ways that are unexpected. Growth comes from change, learning and admitting to your mistakes. This year, a major change came from a change in employment. Looking for a job is never easy and learning a new job has its fair share of pitfalls. But, there is something to be said when you have weathered both experiences and have become a slightly better person/employee because of said experiences.

I also earned my second-degree black belt in Muy Thai Kickboxing. It took an incredible amount of work and effort, especially after a long day of work. Earning the belt and wearing it to class is merely a symbol of the effort it took. I look back at the effort I have put in over the years and I can see the results of the effort it took. If there is one thing in my life that I can say I am proud of accomplishing, it is having that belt to my name.

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2018

As I start to write this post, it is 1:00 in the afternoon on the East Coast. In 11 hours, 2018 will be no more.

My 2018 has been, well, an interesting one, to say the least. On the career front, my day job (thank G-d) has been steady, and my writing has improved in ways that I couldn’t have imagined on December 31st, 2017.

As I get older, I find that life is not so simple, nor do things happen when we wish them to happen. What want in life, we need to work for. Sometimes when faced with a dilemma, the options to resolve the dilemma are not black and white. 

But in spite of the hardships I have experienced, I have many things to be grateful for. I have loving family, supportive friends, a solid day job with a steady income, my health, a roof over my head that is my own and a goal of one day earning my living via my pen. 

Wherever you are in the world and whatever your plans are for New Years Eve, have a safe and wonderful evening.

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019. May we all continue to grow and become the people we want to be in 2019. 

New Years Eve

With New Years Eve swiftly descending upon us, it’s easy to look back at what has transpired in 2016.

2016 has been quite a year for me. While it was far from easy, I can look back with a clear set of eyes and see how I’ve grown over the past 12 months. While some of that growth came out of mistakes and were painful in the moment, I know now that I have come out stronger and braver because of those painful mistakes.

On the writing front, I have hit a new record of readers and hits on this blog. I have also started on a new novel, which I hope to one day finish and publish. I read somewhere that easy reading is hard writing. I don’t doubt it. I can only continue to work hard and hope that my writing will get somewhere someday.

I turned 35 a few weeks ago, I hope that the second half of my thirties will be better than the first.

We lost so many brilliant and respected artists this year. If we only had a time machine to go back to last year at this time and warn us of those who would no longer be with us. But we can’t go back, we can only go forward and remember not just those who are no longer with us, but remember that we are still alive. Where there is life, there is hope and opportunity.

Wherever you are, have a Happy New Year and know that 2017 is full of possibilities.

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