Here is to You

I can't believe that December is nearly over.  This year has flown by in the blink of an eye and we’re on the verge of yet another one full of possibility and wonder.  I often think about the concept of time and how our psyches, although seemingly able to bounce between present and past, truly only exist in the present alone.

I can't help but wonder how much of who I am in the present state, my very existence in this moment, has been greatly shaped by the people in my life.  I have a lot of people who matter to me.  The reason I understand this is because I know wholeheartedly that people have the ability to concurrently change us and accept us in ways nothing else can.

For me, this year has been filled with new traditions, lots of laughter, amazing trips, great food, a bit of spontaneity, and some courageous moves.  I've shared in the exchange of great joy and new friendships, support systems and encouraging people, without whom I wouldn't have survived this past year.  I've realized that the way I think, act, and the things I accomplish greatly depends on the people I've surrounded myself with.

They are the most important things in my life and I want to thank them for the moments of this past year:  They truly were some of the best I've had.

Chads:  Whether it's concert-going, bar-crawling, regatta-ing, day hiking, road tripping, beaching, skiing, carting with Mario and friends, you've been the raddest bunch of chads a gal could ask for.  I'm so thankful for each and every one of you.

MW:  You have become a close friend and an additional older sister.  I'm so happy I've had the opportunity to know you on a much more personal level because you epitomize the very definitions of joy, encouragement, positivity and laughter.  It should also be noted that I've never met someone so terrified of swans or ducks.

JP + Jonesy:  Oh, well you know - love, hate, repeat.

AS, OB, AS + NS:  Deeply rooted.

Del Diablo:  You constantly teach, constantly accept, constantly support, and constantly challenge me to always fight to be the better version of myself.

JS + JS:  I wouldn't be able to stand without you two - my rock and my foundation.

M + D:  Despite all my wacky ideas, unpredictable mood swings, and questionable decisions made rashly and emotionally, you both still find a way to love me.  Thank you for your fully stocked kitchen.

And lastly, here's to You.