As is true for many of us, a new year is a great time for me to reflect and consider the events that unfolded in proximity to my life and the decisions I made in response to them. Framing my reflection in this manner is useful as well; after all, many of the things we encounter daily are things over which we have no control. I think it’s important to remember that as we evaluate what has passed and what we hope to build on in the year ahead. Thus begins a series of posts where I do that for myself.

For me, 2018 presented more opportunities than setbacks, and I’m very thankful for that. At the same time, I hurt for a few close to me who did not have such fortune. It’s hard for me to express gratitude knowing that fact, but I’ll try. Just know that, if you’re reading this and you’re on the other side of the coin: it’s OK not to be OK. I sincerely hope that the years that follow are kinder, and that you can heal enough to evaluate your own responses in a way that allows you to move forward with the pieces in tact and perhaps stronger than before.

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