2016 Retrospective.

Here we are saying goodbye to 2016 and saying hello to 2017. In order to say my proper goodbyes to my 2016 posts I decided to pull a quote from some writings I did over the past year. I truly must thank all of my avid readers and followers for encouraging me to keep writing. This post was inspired by the daily post challenge Retrospective.

Below you will see the graphic I put together which took me probably an hour or two tops. If you would like to view the poem that is listed below please use the search bar using the title listed above the piece. Or you can click on this link: Live 2016 in Review which will bring you to a clickable pdf that will bring you to the piece you are wanting to review.

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2016

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In 2016 I have accomplished many of things. I graduated college, entered graduate school, became Vice President of a graduate organization, I became an Aunt (again), started this blog, gained 200 followers in 6 months, and so much more. The biggest take away from this year would be face your fears. Sometimes the things you fear the most, are what you will excel in.

I hope you enjoy the poem to your right(unless you are on your phone then it’s above this message). I used canva to create the lovely piece. I’ll write to you all next year. (:

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Forgiveness 

The words stopped
a mile from the shore
leaving a package
beside my door.

Addressed to me from — you.
Offering sweet words,
best of luck,
and the warmest hug.

That day we made peace,
leaving the past behind
and the future open handed.

The sunsets an array
of strange colors
over the calm sea. 

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Truth Slips

Words slip my lips — perhaps
too soon, stinging like a bee
leaving pain within.

Astonishing relief within,
No regrets to hold me back,
Giving the truth finally
Elevates my thoughts not
Reaching for an apology anymore.

Words slip my lips — honesty
Leaves an open wound
Too soon to heal. 

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Week 52

As each year comes to a close,
many reflect on their days.
What could have been,
What shouldn’t have been,
What will I do next?

Next year is the year I…
Lose ten pounds,
Buy a car,
Get a new job,
Go to Europe,
Leave my unhappy life,
Stop procrastinating,
Get a second chance.

Here’s to the past 360 days,
Good ridden of the
Bad days and embrace
The days to come. 

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My Christmas Story

Hey folks as I am getting ready to celebrate Christmas with my family I figured I would share some of my Christmas memories. The earliest Christmas I can recall is when I was homeless. I remember waking up in a hotel room with a small Christmas tree and a few gifts underneath it. My mom said that the homeless shelter had put us in a hotel room and bought us some gifts.  Ever since then Christmas for my family wasn’t like the ones on television. It was more of just another day in my house. My mom tried hard to give us something. Which was nice but I quickly stopped asking for anything. I recall one year I spent Christmas at my cousin’s house which was fun because I was able to spend time with my cousins but I only received two gifts.

Last year, I spent Christmas in the hospital with my family. My brother was in an awful car accident. He walked away with a broken leg.  This year all my brothers and I will be at the parent’s house enjoying ourselves. All of haven’t gotten together since we were kids.

Now, I see Christmas more for my niece’s, nephew’s, and mom than anyone else. Each year I think of the many soldiers that don’t get to spend Christmas at home with the families. I think of the homeless and how they don’t get anything to open up. I’m lucky to even receive a card. Sometimes I take advantage of what I have in front of me.

That time of year
where magic
is everywhere.

Can you hear
the sleigh bells ringin’?

Homes adorned
with trees and lights,
spreading joy throughout
the night.

That’s the magic
of Christmas.

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