The end of 2018 was a rough one for me. You see, my mother passed away on November 12th after a long battle with her heart condition and complications of diabetes. She was 86 years old and lived to see her great great grandson!
I feel so much gratitude for having both of my parents this long, all 49 years, and yes I'm definitely counting my blessings!
Needless to say, it was still very hard to say goodbye to Mom. Regardless of whether it's expected or not, watching her take her last few breaths and holding her in my arms is like no other experience, no other sorrow. no other love that has ever transcended from right in front of me. At the same time, it's the most beautiful thing I had ever witnessed. Knowing that she will no longer rise to the day(s) in pain and suffering, offers me comfort and peace with her departing, I know that she is happy now and with the people she loves (like my sister!)
I guess I'm sharing this with you because it's so important to stop and take notice of what REALLY matters to us. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of making more money, losing more weight, launching that new business or finding those things that we think will make us happy. It's a good idea to take a step back and re-evaluate what is truly important to us in the end. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those goals, by all means! but we also sometimes take our families and friends for granted. Thinking that they are always going to be there for us. We might think, 'Oh, I'll call her next week when I have more time' or 'I'll make that trip next year' You just never know what's in store for us from one day to the next.
With that said, in 2019, I'm creating a year of friends and family more so than ever! I am going to make those trips to see my dear friends and family members whom I haven't seen in a long time or have been putting off. I want to spend more time with my Dad and hear the stories he has yet to tell. I want to visit my friend from grade school who I adore and haven't seen since high school. I want to visit those family members whom I reconnected with at my mother's funeral and reflect back on the memories we created together as kids. I want this year to be a year of CONNECTION.
Whatever your goal(s) are for this new year, make them real, make them fun and make it the best year ever! Follow your heart and your instinct will guide you. Life is too short to settle or push ideas aside. You gotta go for it!
Blow your horn at all times and have a blessed New Year!!