Happy New Year!

It’s now 2017, and I’m glad.  Not because 2016 was so crappy (newsflash: for most people the year was pretty good), but because I’m looking forward to my next trip around the sun. You tend to travel pretty far in a year, even if you never leave your hometown. And I want to go far this year.

I have a lot of plans in my mind about what I want to get done. I can make a list a mile long of all the closets I want to clean out in an effort to simplify our lifestyle, all the kid and family activities I want to do once the weather gets warmer, all the yoga I want to do to have a more peaceful mindset, and all the blog posts I want to write to get my thoughts on “digital paper” in order to share with the world. I also want to do a lot of things like most people vow to do in the new year: lose weight, make new friends, go out more, get involved, and to finally “get my life together.” The reality, is that I most likely will not accomplish everything I want to do this year. Most people won’t.

The one thing that I have learned in my many, many trips around the sun is that it is not failure if you don’t accomplish everything on your “new year’s resolutions list.” Life happens while you are trying to accomplish your goals. Knowledge isn’t an end goal, it’s gained through all the learning you do along the way. I am a firm believer that the journey is more important than the destination, and so far in my life I’ve had one hell of a journey. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

So, my hope for myself and for you all is that your 2017 journey is long, fulfilling, exciting, cultivating, interesting and fun. But be prepared for all the boredom, anger, sadness, apathy, stress, and unhappiness that you will most likely encounter. A good life is the balance between good and the bad, the happy and the unhappy, the better and the worse. Contentment comes from piecing together knowledge from the myriad of life’s failures, successes, upsets, downturns, the good, the bad, the ugly, the funny, arguments, laughter, boredom, the mundane, the exciting, the day to day stresses, and the big picture.

My hope for myself and for all of my readers is that you enjoy your 2017 journey. I hope that we can all come to find happiness and contentment along the way. Your life is what you make of it, and I know that you can make it a good one in 2017.

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