I always have these big plans to do a full round-up post that summarizes some of my favorite things from the year but that never seems to happen as planned. I know everyone is beyond ready to throw up a big middle finger to this past year which seemed like a nonstop whirlwind of devastating losses in the entertainment world and on a personal level. But, even in the midst of all that, for me, there were still some highlights and good memories made.
2016, for me was all about appreciation, preparation, realizing my gifts, and living in the moment. This year I've learned to have a deeper appreciation for the people in my life whom I truly love and who truly love me. I don't talk about my personal life often but the past 3 years have rocked me mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to my core. I've been through so much during that 3 year process but 2016 has been a revelation period for me. With the support of genuine friendships and personal faith, this year I learned how to not allow inevitable circumstances to define the person I want to always be. The biggest and toughest lesson I gained this year is realizing that I have to meet people I love where they are in life and to not have expectations beyond their capacity. I've also learned that if there is anything dimming my light then it must go. My peace of mind and sanity comes first, always. So today in the wise words of Iyanla Vanzant, I am detaching myself from every person, every circumstance and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in my life.
This year was also about rekindling my gifts. I'm very private when it comes to those but I'm learning to be more open with sharing my gifts. I've loved art since the moment I could hold a pencil in my hand. The beginning of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would draw more. I fulfilled that promise and I'm so glad I did because so much growth and inspiration followed. I plan to do much more with my art this upcoming year and I will surely keep you up to date.
A drawing I did a few days ago
It was also such an incredible year in music. So many new projects and albums. I feel like everyone in the history of music literally toured this year. I went to SO many shows! I don't have the opportunity to go out a whole lot but when I do it's usually a concert. Music is my happy place. There is something so nurturing and therapeutic about experiencing one of your favorite musicians live and in their element.
A few clips from the concerts I attended in 2016
I don't dig too deeply into to yearly resolutions but I think 2017 will be about putting things into fruition for me. Overall, I've been blessed and look forward to what the new year has in store.