Happy New Year! I am really looking forward to 2016. I plan on adding lots of sparkle into the equation this year. Sparkle can come in two ways. It comes in the forms of some actual sparkle…the easy, buy at the store kind of sparkle – you know a sparkle top here, sparkle lights, sparkle this, sparkle that. Outside sparkle is pretty and definitely a necessity in my girly world. But the kind of sparkle I really plan to bring on in 2016 is the kind of glimmer and shine that comes from the inside…inner sparkle that a person can exude that is somehow eye catching and magnetic and positive and kind and caring and ambitious and brave and attractive and focused and strong. My resolution this year is to sparkle from the inside out.
Last year, at New Years, I deemed 2015 a “No Fear Year”. 2015 was supposed to be a year where I blazed forward without inhibition. Last year, I was supposed to set aside any fears and live life to the fullest. Well, I would say I didn’t have any real major fears…but oddly a lot of my fears actually came true in 2015. I literally fell on my face in January 2015 (a pratfall type of trip on a sandy boardwalk over two dogs) resulting in all kinds of doctors visits and then I rounded out the end of the year with a relationship I had been in for three years ending very abruptly and sadly. Instead of last year being a no fear year…it was the year that many of my fears came true – a year bookended with the first real physical injury in my life and experiencing the first real heart break in my life too. Maybe there was some lesson to be learned from all that happened last year…ironic that I would mention fear last year in my New Year’s post and then things I didn’t even think were real fears came true. That was last year. Good bye 2015.
This is where sparkle comes in. During the end of last year, I got lots of pep talks from my sis DS and my best of friends AM, FF and AT. Basically, when I was down and out, they just kept telling me times would get better and that I should shoot for being the best me. They also told me not to let past fear filled moments define my future.
Here is the good news. This year, on a sparkling clear day, January 1st, I am still standing. I am certainly still licking my wounds but I am looking forward with optimism and hope and I will march on in 2016. I have to. What else is there to do but be optimistic and hopeful and excited about the future? I am dusting off my knees, have my shoulders back and trying to keep my gaze looking forward at all of the opportunity, love, laughter and happiness and hope for what lies ahead in 2016. I guarantee you I will sparkle through the good times and bad times next year. The inner sparkle…strength, optimism and hope.
I know, last year, many of you probably had to face your own fears or live out your fears on your own. Probably some far more serious than what happened to me and probably some less serious. Many of you have had to face challenging and scary and sad times…if you are still dealing with fears realized from last year…I will say a prayer for you (truthfully, I am still dealing with the trauma of the end of the year so I understand). If you are dealing with the aftermath, look at it this way, maybe those fear filled times were put into place to help you grow as a person…some times you have to go through some darkness to get to the light on the other side. Know there is light. Some times when you are in the mix of hard things it is hard to to see the shine and gleam ahead. But just keep on keeping on…make adjustments where you need to, fight hard for what is right, don’t shy away from work and always come from a place of love…things will work out.
Much of what I am saying today is me giving myself my own pep talk. Often, I write here on the blog like I know it all. I don’t. I do know though that reiterating positive sparkling thoughts can be helpful. I am lucky, because in my not so positive feeling times, I have a whole group of people around me who are helping me stay on track and stay optimistic. I am happy to help you stay on track too! Leave a comment in the year ahead…send me an email at [email protected] if you need some words of encouragement. Happy to help you bring your inner sparkle out.
Anyhooo…in simple terms. Let’s go for it this year. You and me – all of us. Whatever it is. Let’s find the strength, confidence and love – let’s sparkle on.
Happy New Year! Happy sparkle!
P.S. Thank you so much for all of the love and support in the comments on my Christmas holiday post. Really great to hear from you all and hope to hear from you throughout the year! xo