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...



  1. Happy New Year to you! I sooo understand where you are currently at in your life. My 20 year old is currently in her senior year at college and will then head off to her internship and back for her Masters. I get exhausted just watching her and I can only imagine what you are going through living with chronic illness as well. Stay strong, stay focused and we will be here waiting patiently for your return when you have the time.

  2. Hey Maya, good to see you here. You have been missed, but life must go on in other areas sometimes.

    My intentions for this new year are to enjoy the moment I am in more and not worry about everything else. I have two lovely teenagers at home and I want to focus more on their words and their feelings, a husband that loves me and likes when I pay attention to him, and a dog that wants me to play with her on a regular basis. All good things. Things that need more attention. Happy New Year to you friend. You are in my thoughts often and I am always sending you good thoughts and gentle hugs.


  3. Happy New Year Maya. Much good health and happiness to you in the New Year. Good luck on your ventures.

  4. Congratulations on your great success and new career! It's a huge accomplishment and totally understandable that it keeps you VERY busy.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 20121

  5. Thanks for all the sweet wishes and your understanding - that's why you are the best readers in the world. Happy New Year (and much love) to each one of you <3