Confession: When I was thinking of the title for my first end of year article for the blog "Finishing Strong" came to mind where I imagined highlighting some of my favorite places of 2016 and wishing everyone happy new year. But that was before the 2016 Presidential Election where in a moment the ground underneath my feet seem to crumble and I lost my footing for a moment. Thankfully that moment is over and I could through it with my family and friends as I wish and hope for all of you. So “Finishing Strong” still sums up my feelings about this crazy 2016, but it also has become a battle cry a call to action…to finish strong everyday to leave nothing on the table in the coming year; this is not a New Year’s resolution but a new way of thinking and being. I hope you will join me!
Picking up the Pieces:
Before the 2016 election dust settled I think we all went into a state of collective grief. I personally did not want to get out of bed over the next few days but that was a luxury that I could not afford...literally I had to work. While I was at work I got Facebook invite from one of my friends "A Manzanita Thanksgiving This Thanksgiving, the Manzanita home will be transformed for an elegant, decadent, extravagant, gluttonous, carnivorous, ravenous, hedonistic, sophisticated family dinner event!...that will last 5 minutes, bring lots of wine" and I found myself laughing so hard at my desk it was almost embrassing...almost. I hit "going" almost as fast as I read the invite. That was the first sign of "normal" in almost a week, a much needed shot of normalcy...without getting too dramatic it was a good sign that my friends, family and I would rally together and have a "friendsgiving" together and be thankful for each other.
Thanksgiving came and it was fun, loving and warmth that filled me with peace and calm.
Okay well not all calm....it's "Friendsgiving!" our parents aren't around. Let your hair down...long hair, don't care...yass.
After that night it was like someone hit the restart button in me...though still very upset about the election I was no longer just going to be sad...that's when "finishing strong" took on a new meaning for me...that it doesn't have to be an annual thing, but it could be daily, weekly, monthly, whatever but that you felt like you made it through a rough patch the best way you could and then pick up and on to the next day.
Getting your Groove Back:
Stella ain't got nothing on me here... well maybe Taye Diggs in his prime, but I digress...getting your groove back isn't just about getting your mojo going again for me it was about feeling hopeful again and that came from the time I speant with my good friends---reconnecting with them and getting caught up...beleive me it didn't take long we like to talk. It felt really good. And I am so thankful.
Carrying that wonderful feeling over to this Christmas Holiday weekend was the best present I could have recieved I am really excited about the next year (even with Trump in office) because if these past two months have reminded me of anything is just how much stronger we are together than on our own. Seven years ago this amazingly talented, funny, loving and warm group of friends welcomed me when I moved to L.A. I was lucky then and even luckier now to count on them as friends.
So in short...hold the people you love and care about a little tigher, cherish the moments you spent together and when your having a rough day remember that funny thing that they said to make you laugh and send them a text.
Get ready 2017...We are coming!