Saturday, December 31

Another Year Down.

After a week long break from writing I am ready to start fresh. I have been thinking about what this post would contain. My post about the last year of my life. Possibly the craziest, most exciting, most emotional year I have ever had in my 33 years so far.

Where do I begin? How do I sum up the events of the past 12 months? How do I explain how much I have grown and everything I have learned about myself and others?

Simply, I can't. 

But today as I sit here, the things I now know for sure after this roller coaster of a year are (in no particular order)

I am allowed to be happy. Happiness is not something that other people get to have. I know everyone can be happy. 

I know that I am enough. That I am of value and that others see that value, so it's time I see it too. Also, it is my responsibility to show others the value they have as well. 

I know that dreaming is not a bad thing, and to have big dreams and goals. Those are allowed and are good and when you put them out in the world, amazing things happen. 

I know that people matter. Having friends, good friends, matters. Not people who make you feel awful about yourself after. Keep the ones who love you the most and the ones that you want around. 

I have learned that I can do really really hard things! And I can do them well. 

I have learned that keeping a sense of humor through life will be what saves me. 

I know being grateful is as important as breathing and eating. And when you are grateful people notice, and want to be around you. 

I know whatever you decided to spend your time on matters. When you find your voice no matter what it is, do it, and do it with heart and dedication. Because no matter what you are saying with your voice, someone will listen. And remember to the world you might just be one person, but to one person, you might just be the world.

And I know that this life is starting to feel more right for me. I am learning to listen to my inner voice more and more and it is paying off. Really paying off. 


I am grateful for everyone who has ever taken the time to read my blog. It will never get old and never stop amazing me that people take the time to stop by and check up on me. Thank you. Thank you for the love and support you have given me these last few years. You will never know what it has meant to me.  

I am grateful for this last year of learning, I am grateful for who I am becoming, and I am grateful for this next year and all that I am sure is in store for me. The good and the bad and everything in between I look forward to it all. I will be ready, with a smile and a sarcastic remark, like I always am. 

Ciao and Happy New Year!


Amanda Adams said...

That was very well said Joelle! I think the next feat you should conquer is writing a book. The reason I love to read this blog is because you write beautifully and with such expression that I often literally laugh out loud! I know it would be a bestseller! Happy new year my friend!

TheRealSlimKatie said...

I am grateful you let us along in your year of life lessons! It's awesome to watch you grow as a Mother and a professional. Your success tells me that good things happen to good people. And because you are so honest and candid, I also learned that bad things happen to good people. You should turn this into a novel itself! (^_^)
I look forward to 2012 and am so excited to see what it will bring for you!! Woo Hoo!! Happy New Year! ♥