Before we know it (blink) another year has flown right on by. Once Christmas passes, it’s inevitable that the year is coming to a close, and I’m sure like many of you, around this time my thoughts become more reflective, grateful, and even a little bit dreamy. There’s excitement in the unknown, and although we cannot be completely certain of what lies ahead, my mind races with all the wonderful moments and adventures that await. While making goals for the future is important, it’s just as important to reflect on the journey and path we have each taken to bring us to where we are now.

For me, 2016 was one for the books, and will always be a special year to me because I decided to do something daring – I started DearEverything. Being a blogger was always something I admired…in others, but I never thought it was something I could do. I’m an introvert, and putting myself out there for anyone (estranged friends, exes, complete strangers!) to see is waaaaay out of my comfort zone. But why be comfortable? Why not fill your life with scared jitters and pursue something you are actually passionate about? The risk of failure is better than living with doubt, so just go for it. I did, and it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. There’s been small moments that have meant the world to me (OMG…7 people went to my website…to see my post!? Is this real life!? *trying not to jump around the room*), exceptional highs (I was mentioned in a recent Narcity article as one of the top 23 bloggers in Calgary to check out), and a fair dose of lows as well (starting, running, and managing an entire blog business is very challenging, and has tested me emotionally more times than I can recall). While it’s easy to only recount the wonderful happy times, it’s important to understand that there is life in the low moments too, and we cannot take one without the other. Life’s not perfect, nor should it be. I think imperfection is a beautiful thing, so take the good with the bad, hold your head high, and keep marching to whatever drum makes your heart skip a beat. Be daring, find your passion, and pursue it wholeheartedly.

While 2016 has been such a significant year of growth for me, I’m really looking forward to an exciting and productive year ahead. I want to extend the biggest thank you to anyone reading this and for following me on this journey – I have never felt more thankful to have a creative space to share my life with those willing to come along. Regardless of what transpired in everyone’s 2016, stay motivated and positive, and let life do the rest! Here’s to a fresh tear of that calendar sheet, a new beginning, and a most magical New Year. Cheers!

Until next time,

Courtney