Did Santa bring you what you asked for? I hope you all had a Christmas weekend filled with fun. Now, we are leading up to ((drum roll))……..the new year! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I try to take time out in December to reflect and begin planning for the new year. I caught myself constantly saying out loud “how hard the year was” and got sick of hearing my Negative Nellie taking over. I stopped myself and thought Yes, but it’s also been an amazing year of growth and preparation”. I began thinking of my 2016 highlights and blessings. WHOA! What an amazing year. This was so powerful I just had to write a blog post about it and encourage you all to do the same.
Ok, so one of my top highlights of 2016 was turning 45! Ummm, yes– I was actually excited about it! Call me crazy. Specifically, the love fest luncheon my dear friend and spiritual mentor –Dr. Melanie Ross Mills– threw for me. It’s humbling to have so many beautiful (inside & out) friends unite for the sole reason of lifting you up. To give you a glimpse of the day…imagine walking into the most beautifully decorated dining room with a big round table so everyone could see one another. The table was set for princesses with orchids and gifts for everyone. The sunlight coming through the windows made the whole room even more “twinkly”. We wore pixie headbands and the champs was flowing. My bestie ordered the most extravagant and amazing cake complete with all my loves represented on it. Melanie said a beautiful prayer including a message to each guest. (talk about a kleenex moment!) She had each girlfriend prepare a sweet message for me which was made into a slide show. For someone who has struggled with “receiving”, I admit– this was a bit uncomfortable at first. But, I knew God was using these friends to pour love on me like a salve to heal my battle wounds from such a wild year. These women showed me the true meaning of “SISTERHOOD” in action.
Thank you Mel! I don’t know how your massive heart fits inside your tiny body!
It could not have been a more perfect afternoon! I will forever cherish that day and each beautiful friend in the photo above. At this time of celebration, reflection and anticipation of the new year, I encourage you to take a moment to think of the highlights of your year. It’s been a challenging year for many of us and it’s easy to focus on the moments we felt defeated. Let’s focus on the wins!
I just read the following message about sisterhood by Claire Zammit, Ph.d and had to share it with you all:
“Thank you. You stand for your own greatness and your commitment to supporting other women in realizing theirs will change and evolve our world.
I am so honored and grateful to walk side by side with you on this journey.
One of the other things I most want to appreciate today is the transformative power of sisterhood.
None of us can become ourselves by ourselves. (I looove that!)
We need to be mirrored, supported, challenged and championed by each other to come into the fullness of our power and to unleash our brilliance.
Let’s commit to this sisterhood.
Let’s go out of our way to support each other.
When we see a woman stepping up, let’s stand behind her.
When she stumbles, we can be there to help her up.
When she is challenged, it’s up to us to fight for her.
And when she triumphs, we should celebrate her wildly.
I’m so incredibly grateful for the ways in which so many women in my life and this community have stood for me.”
I would love to hear what your 2016 highlight was. Please share and make a comment!
If you had a girlfriend(s) stand by your side this year please make sure to send them a note of gratitude and appreciation.
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