A Lot Can Change in a Year
This is a different kind of post for me. I’m not going to rant about the Medical Establishment. I’m not going to talk about working out or Paleo diet. I’m not even going to use the word “douchebag” (except for there :-)).
This blog didn’t even exist a year ago. Strong is the new Skinny didn’t exist a year ago. A year ago I wasn’t feeling so great. A year ago there were some very dishonest and negative people in my life.
I’ve been thinking for a while about how I need to thank all the great people in my life for who they are and for what they do. The thing is, every time I think about who I need to get in touch with and thank or just let them know I’ve been thinking of them – even if I haven’t called – I think of someone else I care about and someone else who made a difference this past year. So, imperfect as it is, I’m writing this post so I can let my friends know what they’ve meant to me this year.
This was SOME YEAR…
A lot’s happened this year. There are many things that I thought would be different this Christmas. When I envisioned the future last year at this time it sure didn’t look like this. But, the truth is, I wouldn’t change a thing about my life right now or what I’m doing. Now that I think about it, in the last 6 months there have been a whole bunch of moments where I felt… happy. Like, TRULY happy. And content. And safe. And blessed. And loved. That’s more than I can say about the previous 10 years COMBINED. I’m on the right track – even if it looks sloppy from the outside…
Do you have any “real” friends or are they all on Facebook?
Someone actually asked me this not too long ago. I don’t think about it like that, though. As far as I’m concerned, if people care about you and support you and help you reach your goals and learn and grow – and make you LAUGH – they’re “real” friends. I have a lot of “live” friends too – and FOR SURE – I haven’t seen enough of them and that’s bothered me. Things have been nuts, but my “life downsize” that I undertook this summer has started having the desired effects and I’ll be around more soon. And, for a lot of my friends who I’ll probably never meet face to face – THANK YOU. You’ve all been an inspiration and a great support and a source of sanity for me that I can’t even put into words. You all rock!
Then there’s SINS
What can I say? Marsha made a shirt, I wrote a blog post and almost 10,000 people now have become a part of Strong is the New Skinny on Facebook. I think I speak for Marsha too when I say that I’m humbled and thankful – and that is a serious understatement. All of YOU have been such a source of inspiration and friendship and support I can’t even begin to explain it. We’ve ALL created something VERY SPECIAL together and there’s a bunch of really cool stuff on it’s way for us in 2011. The group started up 9/1/2010. We’re not even 6 months old yet! We’re just getting started!
And then there’s mom…
I’m here at my family’s beach house in Old Saybrook, CT. It’s where I grew up. Last night my mother was baking cookies, like she does every year, and it felt like home. It ALWAYS feels like home here. This past year my mother has done more for me than I can even explain. She’s believed in me even when I haven’t believed in myself. I’m truly blessed to have a mother like I have and hope in the coming years I can repay her for all her support and faith in me. BTW, yes I ate a bunch of cookies and, yes, I feel like crap today 🙂
And, for those who protect us…
And, there is STILL a war going on overseas and plenty of stuff happening here at home. There a A LOT of men and women who won’t be with their families tonight because they made the commitment to protect our freedom and keep us safe. “Thank you” doesn’t really cover it. You’re in our hearts and our prayers and THANK YOU for protecting the greatest nation on earth.
Let’s make this our best year EVER!
As far as I’m concerned, the good stuff is just getting started. I have a ton of goals to get at this year and I’m gonna do it! I have some of the greatest people I could possibly have around me and all the support and all the resources I need to make it happen. And, I thank ALL OF YOU for that! I couldn’t have gotten here without you and I can’t get where I want to go without all of you either. AND, LET ME KNOW if I can help YOU with YOUR goals. This stuff works both ways as far as I’m concerned…
Thank you for being my friend
Happy New Year
And God bless