Around this time, 3 years ago, I was crying tears of pain. Tears of loss, immeasurable hurt, loneliness, grief, struggle and heartache, literally at the rock bottom of my life. I was filled with dread and uncertainty about the upcoming year, clinging on to nothing other than my faith and hope, one moment at a time.
Today, my heart is full and I am crying tears of joy. Tears of gratitude for unbounding love, fulfilling purpose, clarity, health, laughter, and a deep inner peace that cannot be shaken by any worldly circumstance. Today, I am filled with immense excitement as I look forward to a brand new chapter of this amazing life.
For me, 2020 has been one of the best years of my life. I know that for others, it has been one of the most challenging and difficult years, which is understandable considering the overall impact this year has had on society as a whole. Regardless of where you stand on this scale today, know that life is full of twists and turns and can change in the blink of an eye.
But the one thing that you will always have, whether you are experiencing the highest highs or the lowest lows or anything in between, is your faith. Faith is something you can carry with you in every single moment, and it is the only thing that can bring you calm amidst all calamities, hope when times seem hopeless, and strength to be resilient in the face whatever comes your way.
This year, I spent time with loved ones, stood up for equality, worked as a nurse during COVID, visited Dallas, Tyler, Phoenix and Atlanta, had fun adventures with friends, spent time growing my business, prioritized self-care, started new hobbies, taught early childhood education classes, helped empower women out of trafficking and poverty through Trades of Hope, planned a wedding, got engaged and married and celebrated my birthday and holidays with my new husband and family. Here are a few photos and quotes to capture a glimpse of this life-changing year with sweet memories I will never forget.
As I bid a bittersweet farewell to 2020, I am sure most of us can agree on warmly welcoming the new beginnings that 2021 has in store. In the upcoming year, I hope to continue to prioritize my faith above all else, and live my daily life staying strong in my morning mindset routine, working out and staying healthy, building genuine relationships and serving others, and balancing my business and responsibilities with fun and relaxing times, staying present in each moment. I have some very exciting things in store for Spirit Life, so stay tuned for that, and thank you so much to those of you who have brought light and joy into my life and shown endless support for my dreams.
I wish you all a very happy new year filled with faith, hope, peace, light, joy, love, laughter, kindness, growth, good health, abundance, prosperity and success in all your endeavors. See you all on the other side!