Welcome, New Year!

This is something I posted to my Facebook this morning and I just had to share it all here. I feel like this is all so important and this year has completely changed my outlook on life…

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for New Year’s Day. 2016 was a total whirlwind and I’m so ready for it to be to over. 

This year was filled with it’s ups and downs, but I don’t regret a single thing…

*I got to take my first solo trip to Colorado on a writing retreat which completely changed the dynamic of my writing.
*I ended my three year relationship and have started to figure out how to be single again.
*I took another trip to Honduras with Habitat for Humanity and had one of the best weeks of my life while I was there.
*I finally finished my second book and have started to work on my third.
*The dynamic of my immediately family has changed.
*I’ve moved once in 2016 and will be making two more moves in 2017.
*I left two jobs during the year and finally found one I don’t hate going to everyday.
*I’m building my editing business and considering working more often on it to take it full-time.
*I met some of the most incredible people and have build up my friendships from simple relationships to close bonds.
*On the other end of that, I also had quite a few people who ended up stabbing me in the back.
*After all these years, I finally got to go back to Mackinac.
*My family lost one of the most incredible men I will ever have the privilege to meet. He was the smartest, yet most humble man that every man should aspire to be like. RIP Uncle John.
*We got our newest little puppy, Coby earlier this year.
*I got back into the swing of hitting up more concerts and having fun!
*And most importantly, I learned a really important lesson last night. As we were leaving my Uncle’s service and my family was saying their goodbyes, there were a lot of tears, a lot of hugs, and a lot of promises being made. The promise that family, and for many of us, God, will be the number one priority. We promised that this year, we will make sure to spend more time together as a family because life is too short to miss out on this moments and it is far too precious to not truly experience. 

Every year has it’s ups and downs, but as I said, I don’t regret a single thing. Every person that is brought into our lives and every little thing that happens to us, whether it’s good or bad, happens to teach us a lesson and make us stronger. 

Because of all of these things, I no longer settle for less in any aspect of my life and I go after what I deserve, but through all of that I’ve also learned to give second chances, to forgive those who have hurt you, and to take care of yourself first. You can never be the best for those around you if you aren’t the best for yourself.

Happy New Year! 

XOXO,
Harley

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