Hello 2015. Goodbye 2014.

 

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It’s been a crazy, hectic, fun, surprising, joyful Christmas break. Family. Travel. My sweet, sweet girl. I’m very thankful for these two weeks off work.

I rang in the New Year last night in pj’s, on the couch, watching House Hunters with Fayez. It was low key and pretty wonderful. And as midnight passed and the night turned into morning, and people celebrated with firecrackers, I found myself thinking a lot about last year. I remember sitting alone as Jane slept down the hall. I remember listening to those firecrackers and thinking, “It’s not supposed to be this way.” I was unseen, unwanted, like a ghost in my own house.

Life could not be more different now.

2014 was one of the hardest years of my life. I lost friends who weren’t friends. I lost my Mabel. But I found my dignity again. I found friends who understand the meaning of loyalty. I’ve found a relationship where there’s respect and love. My life isn’t perfect, and it never will be, but now it’s real. I’m so thankful as I head into 2015. It’s a brand new year, unmarred by the past.

And for anyone facing a hardship… whether it be a divorce or job change or move… know that you will survive. You’ll have moments where you won’t feel like it, but you will. Nothing will ever be the same again, but isn’t that the point? You’ll survive, and you’ll change, and you’ll be happy in new ways you could never have imagined. In the wise words of Kerri Case, “You get to win now.”

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13 Comments

  1. KathySweeney says:

    Liz. I’ve never seen you look so happy than I have in the last few months. Part of 2014 was hard for you, I know,but you’ve made a great turn around in your life and I commend for that. I know that it took a lot of strength and prayer to reach where you are today. Be blessed and happy in the year 2015!

    So miss seeing at Crosswalk!

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  2. Angie says:

    I love this! I’ve had this year one other time, and this past year is pretty much like this as well. You’re so wise. Indeed, we end up so much better off in the long run even when the short run feels pretty crappy. I’m so glad to have met you in 2014, and I look forward to getting to know you better!

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