So long Big Red.
I swear that just a minute ago we were all excited about 2015 and counting down the end of 2014. At the beginning of last year I made the life changing decision to step away from my 8 year career of being a fitness instructor, and get a "real job". By Jan. 17th I had that job, and by Oct. the company was bought out and I lost that job. Jan. of this year I had a plan to pay off debts, and 3 months prior to paying off my car, I was hit by a red light runner and my car was totaled. In May I met a man I truly believed I would spend the rest of my life with, and as of last week, that ended. 2015 was a year of loss but for everything I lost, I gained so much more.
I've met some amazing women through MsIndependent. So many great memories.
My friendships were challenged, my plans were changed, but through it all I grew. All year I kept my peace. All year I cried during the night, but felt joy in the morning. I can't really articulate why or how, but I swear I have never been happier, more optimistic, and excited about a new day, much less a new year. I learned that through all my losses and unexpected hiccups, my attitude towards the situation is more responsible for my survival of it, than the details of the what happened. I pray and I trust in God, but this year was truly a year of leaning on my faith, clinging to God when everything around me swirled around like trees in a hurricane.
MsIndependent turned 5 this year.
Of course we don't walk this life alone and my dear friends, many of whom are members of MsIndependent, were there for me. I think at times I could have passed for being certifiably insane or at the very least disturbed, but these ladies took my calls, took me out, and were there even while they had their own craziness to endure. I had so many people reach out to help without my even needing to ask, and I don't take that for granted. This is at the heart of why I started MsIndependent. We all need a little help from time to time, and I am so thankful for those who were there when I needed them, and humbled to be there when they needed me.
I'm sure a lot of people went through challenges in 2015 that may not have left them feeling not so optimistic about the upcoming year. I totally get that, and please know it's taken me years to get to this point, and I am a recovering negative Nancy. But as the old folks say "just keep living", and age has really brought me perspective. Everyone that came into 2015 didn't make it out. If you ever forget that you have something to celebrate in 2016, be thankful that whatever you endured this year, you made it. So celebrate not only on NYE but everyday that you get a second, third, and 365th chance to try again, love again, be open and become, all that you could ever be. We made it ladies. Cheers to us!
Cheers to MsIndependent!