"It's a new season, it's a new day...."
Taken from the song, New Season, written and performed by Israel Houghton.
Today marks the beginning of a new year for each and everyone of us who was blessed enough to see the clock strike midnight or wake up this morning (or afternoon) to a new day.
I have to admit that 2012 was a bittersweet year for me as I lost one of the most important people in my life, my grandfather, Louis M. Thomas, Sr., in February and went on to experience the loss of several other extended family members throughout the year.
My grandfather and I, circa 1967
The process of grieving loved ones is different for everyone, but for me, watching others reach their sunset has forced me to remember that the sun is still rising in my own life. In other words, I realized just how much I had allowed situations, circumstances and yes, people, to keep me from living my best possible life, and that it was time to make some changes in order to make the rest of my days the best of my days.
Sunrise at Tybee Island, Georgia - Taken by Marcie L. Thomas
With that in mind, I began the process of reaching out into the world and finding like-minded people to spend my time with, folks who are much more interested in celebrating me versus just tolerating me. I started dreaming again and taking steps towards building my dream life. I decided to resist the urge to relocate (again), realizing that I am right where I am supposed to be right now. I realized that there are not only new things in store for me, but some unfinished business that I need to tend to, both personally and professionally. Here are a few things that I plan to do this year:
- Publish a book
- Grow my business, Brown Girl Collective
- Release excess weight (physically, emotionally, spiritually)
- Spend more time being creative
- Do the things that I love with the people that I love being around (professionally and personally)
As we embark on this new season together, my prayer is that you live each day of your life to the fullest and never, ever forget to be true to y-o-u. Life is too short to spend it being anything other than your best self!
Please share your thoughts on how you will experience life anew in 2013.