May it be a bazillion times better than 2017, because heaven knows 2017 was a massive downer. Ugh.
The worst we experienced was a miscarriage early this year.
The best we experienced was feeling the baby move in my current pregnancy. I'm 23 weeks now, and things are going much more smoothly.
Last year, like pretty much ALL years, I had some outrageous New Year's Resolutions.
This year I have just one resolution.
Love myself. Love my husband.
Love my friends and family.
Love the wonderful people I've recently found online through some awesome communities.
Love my projects, my writing, my artwork, and the improvement I make in all of them.
Love the marginalized.
Love the people who are hated, feared, and put down for being different. Love those that society has shunned for unreasonable reasons. Love those who feel unloved. Love the people God has brought into my life and learn why He brought those people to me. Because there is always a reason.
Love my enemies.
This is always the hardest one. For one, society tells you not to love your enemies. But society believes that saying you love someone means you condone their actions.
I don't. There are a lot of people out there (and I mean A LOT) who have done bad things... things in the name of religion, their God, their jobs, their business, their stakes, their selfishness... greed, hate, misunderstanding, following-the-crowd thinking, whatever.
It hurts watching them do these things. But I can choose to love them without condoning them. Because being filled with hate is not the way to fix things. Hate only begets more hate.
But Love Wins.
It's going to be a tough year. My husband and I are making the difficult decision to move back home, for the sake of the new baby and because of some severe money issues. We're going to be raising a child for the first time, and in a world that often seems on the brink of breaking. All because of the choice to hate. The choice to hurt others to protect yourself. Too many people in power are making these decisions and there's very little we can do about it.
So my resolution is to love. It will not be easy and I will mess up a lot. But I'm going to do it anyway.
Good things are worth fighting for. <3
Love to all of you in the new year.