You know, it's been a great year. Although there were some bumps in the road, I can't help but be grateful for everything and everyone that's been a part of my life this year.
As most of my readers know, I lost a very dear and close friend not too long ago. And although it's been hard and there are still days I can't believe she's gone, losing her has taught me to cherish the loved ones I still have and to take the time to tell them before it's too late. Although she wasn't at my birthday celebration as she had wanted to be, I was surrounded by people that love me and that truly care for me, and that's what I'm most thankful for.
This time of the season, the hustle and bustle of shopping, opening gifts, and attending Christmas parties can sometimes overshadow the true meaning of Christmas. It's crucial that we take a moment, look at all that we've been blessed with, and say thanks to those who help enrich our lives on a daily basis.
For part of my schooling this semester, I spent a few hours volunteering at a soup kitchen as well as a women's emergency shelter. Being there was such a huge dose of reality for me, and it was impossible to not feel grateful for all that I've been blessed with.
This holiday season, I wish you all the best and a season full of love, joy, hope, and peace.