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2012 has not been the best year ever for me.   And personally, I am really glad to see the back of it.  I have had to deal emotional and physical rollercoasters, career challenges and family crises; crushed dreams and relationships that have fallen apart and friendships that could not be reconciled.  My heart has been broken a few times and I’ve cried a few tears.

But, I’m still here, and you’re still here on the last day of 2012 to tell our stories.  What a group of amazing survivors we are!

A lot of people have a crazy notion of waiting for the 1st of January to make changes – over the top, often unreachable new years resolutions that are most likely not going to happen.

Maybe we should choose to make our resolution that 2013 will be the year where we are kinder to ourselves.  That we are more open to change and less serious about life – because whether we stress about it or not, whether we try to control it or not, life is still going to happen!

The other evening, we were driving and my kids were singing This is war by 30 seconds to Mars and they were trying to see who could shout the loudest during the chorus –

“To the right, To the left
We will fight to the death!
To the edge of the earth
It’s a brave new world
It’s a brave new world!”

And I really listened to the lyrics and thought about them.  I’m not sure that we should fight to the death, but we should fight for our own freedom, we should fight for our choices and we should definitely fight for a better, happier and healthier life.  Sometimes that fight is only with yourself so when you choose to respect yourself and listen to yourself, things will get better!

You don’t need to wait for the 1st of January to decide to make that change.  Every single day of your life is an opportunity to start again, to stop being afraid, to move forward, to believe in yourself, to trust yourself.

I wish you all a wonderful, happy, healthy and successful new year – may it be everything that you want it to be.  Thank you to every one of you for continuing to read and support my blog – it is because of you that it continues every week!