This week was a real shit storm. Literally. Summer was sick, and I was up every single night cleaning up shit. She’s much better now, not to worry, and I finally caught some zzzz’s last night, so things are looking up this Friday.
As I look forward on my calendar, I’m realizing that this may be my final Great List of 2015. Next Friday is Christmas day, and I’ll surely be too busy drinking champagne, napping and watching movies to post. Then, the following Friday is January 1st so that just leaves today.
This year was not easy for me. I spent most of the year awash in self doubt, as I navigated relationship changes, professional changes, and now, complete life changes. As I am beginning to emerge on the other side of all of this insecurity, I’m starting to see (with relief) that it all probably did happen for a reason.
A new year has not looked as bright and shiny as 2016 does in quite a while.
There’s a couple of things that really kept me going this year for which I owe a huge debt of gratitude.
1.My next door neighbor Britta, my work wife Kelly, and the ladies from my ITS Facebook group: Without you all I honestly would have never made it through this year. You guys made me laugh, talked me off the ledge when I thought I was going to go insane, and listened to me when I had no where else to turn. Your friendship, your insights, your honesty and your support have meant everything to me this year. There’s not enough gratitude in the world to express how much you all helped me. Thank you.
2. Ten Stories, Gap Intelligence and Collaborative Thread: This year I went through some serious professional growing pains. Having to navigate my role in these companies made me really see myself and my priorities in a new way. Betsylife would be something totally different without the influence of these places and their employees. I’m so grateful for the lessons I’ve been able to take away through my involvement in these organizations.
3. The Hubs: This was a monumental year for us. I could not be more grateful for your understanding, your listening, and your unwavering support through the never ending wave of challenges we faced this year. There’s nothing I would rather do in 2016 than to embark on a new adventure with you.
Being able to re-evaluate my entire life and priorities is the greatest gift I received this year. Even though it was painful and scary, I’m stoked to have gone through it, and gained better self awareness. Watch out Oakland! Watch out 2016! I’m coming for you.