Thursday January 12, 2017

The New Year Brings New Blessings

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Oh my.  Can I just tell you how happy I am that it is now 2017?!  I am a firm believer that each year is a blessing.  And just to get even cheesier .. I believe that every day that we wake up breathing is a blessing.  Last year was a beautiful year.  To be honest, the struggles and challenges were so real.  So much happened in one year but I cannot be thankful enough that with each challenge a blessing was hidden in there too.  One of my struggles was my health.  Although I do not have the best health record for some reason it took me by surprise as my body quickly started to shut down late 2015.  So the following year I had but “no choice” to slow down.  I think I was planning on slowing down in 2015 but I was stubborn and too passionate to pause the things I was working on.  I had this crazy drive and I pushed myself over and over  because I had this vision and I just went towards that light and gave it my all.  But as a women, we always give it our all when it comes to parenting as well.  When it comes to love, to friendship, to work, to our business, to our goals.  We like to give it all and hope we get something amazing in return even if that something is just a warm feeling inside.  A feeling of success? A feeling of achievement? Maybe all we need is a feeling of gratitude.  Whatever it is that we are going for or reaching for we give it everything we have and more.  Everything we do, everything we think has an emotion attached to it.  Women can make amazing things happen.  Women can also quickly spiral down just as quickly.  Is there something wrong with being to passionate?  Is there is something wrong with loving too much?  Is there something wrong with having a clear vision of who you want to be and wanting to get there at the speed of light?

It was a beautiful thing to be “forced” to slow down.  It was a beautiful experience to spend more time taking care of my family and my home.  The thing about doing a lot and achieving many accomplishments as well as going through the growing pains of achieving those accomplishments is that it makes you see things with a different perspective.  Staying at home more and becoming a better homemaker also gives you a new perspective on business and work life and you see things in a new light.  Every experience, every phase of my life allows me to view another part of my life (past, present of future) with new eyes and it always leads me to many “Aha!” moments.

The toughest part about last year was probably not doing as much as I was used to.  Even though it was  a temporal step back it felt like I was seeing years and years go by right through my eyes.  I spent the year of 2016 thinking and thinking and questioning lots of things.  My career, my passion, my beliefs, my friendships, my drive, my confidence, my talents, and more.  Last year was a bit exhausting because I used my head to analyze a lot of things.  In the end, the year didn’t end in the best note (health wise) and 2017 didn’t start on the best note either (the kids and I got into a car accident and were stuck in a major snow storm).  But I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that I know this year is going to be an incredible year.  You don’t need a great end or a great start for your life to change.  Everyday you can write a new book.  Every day you have a chance to turn things around, to focus on your heath, to love with all your heart, to become a goal achiever and not just a goal setter.  I have written my goals for this year in great detail but to sum it up for you.. My goal is to do less but with more focus.  The most important thing this year is that I get another year to be a mother.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?

I want you to know that I am truly grateful for you and your patience.  I am deeply humbled and grateful that you still care, that you follow me and social media and that you still support me and my passion.  I am the luckiest girl for having so many wonderful people around me.  My hope for you is that this year is filled with opportunities, growth, and true love.  I hope you try your hardest to see the light and the positivity in all the situations or challenges you may face this year.  Don’t spend too much time trying to understand the “why”.. I have learned that sometimes that comes much later on.  So it’s best to spend your energy in something or someone that makes you really happy.  I love this quote I found last year: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
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Happy New Year! 

XOXO,

JESS

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