It is amazing how much you can grow and learn about yourself in a year. My extremely talented and creative best friend has started her very own business! I have taken classes in something I truly enjoy for no reason other than to do something I love. That something I love to do has been noticed and appreciated by other people, and 6 of my photographs will be displayed in a coffee shop in my hometown for the entire month of January.
I have found a job working with good people, a job that I truly enjoy and often makes me happy. I have learned that that is more important than any amount of money!
I have learned so much about myself. I have learned that I don't have to meet anyone's expectations but my own, and I decide what those expectations should be.
I have experienced great joy and even greater sorrow.
I love my husband infinitely more than I did and we have grown so much in our marriage.
I have learned that I don't always have to be the "rock." I have allowed myself to be vulnerable and to let other people help me and support me.
With the help of some of you, I have grown in my faith. I have seen and experienced the power of prayer in a whole new way.
2009 has most definitely been a year of growth for me, growth that has been documented right here on this blog in even more ways than I have just written. I feel blessed to know all of you, and to have your support, friendship, and often, your prayers.
I have nothing but hope for 2010 - for myself and for you. I have experienced things this year that at the time I never would have imagined I could survive. And survive them I have. In fact, I feel I have thrived.
So for 2010, I'm wishing you all health and happiness, confidence in yourselves, the strength and courage to follow your dreams, friendship and love.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!