Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happiest of New Years!

It's no secret that I've been absent from the blogosphere lately...and I do apologize for that. I've missed each and every one of you. But I know you guys will understand better than anyone that sometimes life just gets away from you.

About two weeks ago I finished up my first semester of my final year at Columbia University School of Social Work. Whew! Juggling classes and an intense internship consumed most of my time and energy this fall, especially during midterms and finals. Now that I counsel my own clients, I'm humbled by the responsibility I've been given. I have the opportunity to see beautiful children and their families from week to week; to learn about their stories, to provide them with tools for success, and to watch them grow. Yes, it's a great responsibility, but it's something that I've worked toward for years and an experience I deeply value.

No matter what happens in my own life, these kids will show up. No matter how I'm feeling or what my energy level might be, they're depending on me. This year my days revolve around much more than just me. I'm grateful for this internship, but of course it has meant sacrifice in other areas such as this blog. The energy I've previously had for writing and keeping up with some of my favorite people (you guys!) has had to go toward school. Will this always be the case? Of course not, and I fully intend to write more in the new year. But I want you to know that I appreciate you sticking by me throughout this journey.

I thought today - the final day of 2011 - would be a good day to check in and to ask about your hopes for the new year. What are your resolutions? What are your dreams?

I, for one, have high hopes for 2012. I want to sing, laugh, dance, and create more; to travel, write, cook and spend time with the people I love. I plan on seeking new experiences, having more adventures, taking more photos, and sharing it all with you. Most of all, I want happiness, strength and, health for myself and everyone in my life.

Wishing each and every one of you the best year yet...