I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy upcoming new year! I think we can all agree that 2016 was full of many ups and downs. Notably, there have been way too many celebrity deaths this year which has been scary: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, George Martin, Alan Thicke, Muhammad Ali, just to name a few...and now Carrie Fisher and her beloved mother Debbie Reynolds (seriously, how sad is that?!) Celebrities aside, my own grandfather passed away later this spring too, and I had a hard time with work throughout the course of the year (thankfully it's gotten better). Brian and I also had to say goodbye to our beloved Lakeshore House (which we knew was a given at some point). These have no doubt, all contributed the downs of 2016.
Like any year though, there were also the positive streaks: Brian and I went to Florida in the spring, we met baseball player Marcus Stroman, we saw Paul McCartney up in Hamilton, had some time off in the summer, and we had some awesome Halloween costumes this year! I am also continuously pleased with the way the new blog has turned out this past year, and whether it will be public once again, will remain to be seen. Thank you to those who have been sticking around since!
Perhaps for myself, the thing I'm most proud about this year that I'm hoping to carry out in future years is cutting meat out from my diet and learning and caring more for animals by choosing cruelty-free products and even starting a volunteer position at a local cat and dog shelter. It's something I've become quite passionate about in the last few months and I'm hoping to write a whole post on it soon!
Hopes for the New Year?
I stopped awhile ago giving myself specific goals and things to improve on solely for the new year (I found it was too much pressure!) Instead, I want to continue being grateful for things in my life and definitely continue volunteering and learning more about animal rights and what I can do to help.
I'm continuously learning that kindness is something very valuable and important to me, and to just live life day-by-day. I believe things will happen as and when they're supposed to happen (and it's different for everybody), so just keep living and work hard in the meantime! Perhaps the quote I will try and live by this year is one I just tweeted the other day:
You might recognize it from the song "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves (I encourage you to give it a listen or read up on the lyrics!) It's a smart quote, that's basically telling you in a nutshell: people are always going to say something - whether you do it "right" by their standards, or not. So screw it, and just do whatever you please because it probably won't make much of a difference anyway :)
And with that, I wish you all a wonderful New Year and blessed thoughts for 2017!
See you on the flipside :)