As the year 2019 comes to an end, it’s funny how we suddenly begin to reflect on everything that has happened within a year’s time. The good, the bad, the changes, the challenges, etc. And as I reflect on my year, I can say it’s been one of the hardest, yet most eye-opening years I’ve experienced yet. In 2019, I have experienced the good – love, friendships, family, support, success, and stability; the bad – heartache, loss, stress, anxiety, and instability. But amidst the hurt, loss, stressful times, and anxious and instable mindset, I have come to understand and accept that it is all happening for a reason. I hurt and experience pain in order to grow stronger each day. Everything that I have gone through has shaped me into who I am today (and the same goes for YOU). The mistakes that I have made this year become a lesson for me in the next. The memories that I have made this year become a part of my story forever. Every year is another to be grateful for because each year we grow into the person we are meant to be. So I encourage you, as I have encouraged myself, to take each moment in life, good or bad, and find the positive in it; find a way to grow from it. As I enter the New Year, I am thankful for the wonderful support of my family and friends, grateful for both my memories and mistakes I have made in 2019, and excited to continue my journey in 2020. Thank you for listening. Have a safe and happy New Year!