As I do at the end of every year, I find myself reflecting on the year that past. Here are my thoughts for a continued me and my hopes for the new year.

Marie’s hopes for the New Year

I’m no different than you, at the end of every year I go back through my social media and the photos on my phone and revisit past memories. Most bring me smiles but some cause me to roll my eyes with tears and ask myself, “What the hell were you thinking?!” If you’ve followed me for a while, thanks BTW, you know that, not too long ago, I suffered a devastating loss, crush, life-changing tragedy. From that point, it HAS been uphill with wonderful growth for me both professionally and most importantly, personally.

What Happened?

2018 started out with me back in the US after 7 months in Europe. As many of you know, I slow travel around the world and keep two home bases. One in New Jersey with my children and one in Ohio with my brother and his family. I had a devastating blow after finding out that I would have to wait to renew my passport. It’s a very long story but, let’s just say, it was like having my eyes taken from me…or so I thought!

Lessons Learned

I’ve learned to put myself first whenever I need to; say no to situations that don’t fit, let go of people and relationships that don’t align with my life and goals, and open my heart to make way for more positivity in this new year and all year around.

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