It’s the last week of December, so let’s evaluate.

The end of the year welcomes reflection, and as life seemingly slows down, it makes room to sit and think about the journey of the past year.

I am not one for resolutions. I often find that a resolution is too drastic and unrealistic. If you spend the last year drinking iced coffee twice a day, the chances of cutting out caffeine for the new year are slim to none. I find much more success in giving myself a pat on the back for the highs and having a hard look at the lows to improve in the coming year.

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2022 was filled with beautiful moments, but it was also filled with the biggest heartbreak of my life. But through it all, I have come to realize that every moment is necessary for growth and evolution.

Every high point left me grateful and confident in the days to come, while every low point taught me how strong and resilient I can be in the face of adversity.

Going into 2023, I won’t be assigning a rigid resolution to myself, but rather a few good reminders that I will be keeping in mind.

Reminder number one: I will talk to myself the way I would talk to my best friend, with kindness and grace instead of scrutiny and self-doubt.

Reminder number two: It’s okay to ask for help. All too often I feel like people won’t understand or I can do it better on my own, but this year taught me that a helping hand can lift me up a lot faster than by myself.

Reminder number three: I am stronger than I give myself credit for. For 2023, I will learn to give myself credit when it's due, applaud my accomplishments and celebrate victories, big and small.

To anyone reading, I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on 2022. Clap for your happy moments, mourn your sad moments and clean your slate before January 1st.

And most importantly, move into the new year with gratitude, love, and confidence.

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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