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Last year was rocky, and it had some moments that were painful or even scary, but it was by no means a horrible year for me. I lost love, I gained love, I made friends, I lost friends, I tested my mettle several times, I worked hard, I worked even harder, I laughed, ohhhh I laughed, I smiled, I cried, but most importantly, I lived.

Snapshot moments of my year, in no certain order:

025I met the Governor of New Mexico. No matter her policies and where any of us stand with them, she once helped with one of the most terrifying moments of my life. She gave me guidance and strength when I felt outnumbered and lost without hope. She gave me answers instead of red tape. I will always be thankful for that. Always.

020The boys and I added a new member to our family. Miss Wisp. She’s a character and a half. By no means easy, but very easy to love. Plus, she helps bring a little more balance to the whole guy/girl ratio in this house. Ha!

173Not only did I buy one of my dream cars, but it helped me take my sons and my mom on our first family vacation. Almost 1800 miles, but the memories will go so much further than that.

008My boys and I made so many memories this year. The vacation. My middle starting school. Random road trips. Hiking. Fairs, carnivals, and various celebrations. Cuddling. Swimming. Playing games. Reading books. Watching movies and Doctor Who together.

056We did our first themed costumes for Halloween, at my oldest sons request. It was a blast, and they all want to do it again next year.

I managed to make the Dean’s List, become a Crimson Scholar, and the National Honors Society for college this semester. I worked full-time. I marked items off of my bucket list. I read amazing books. I learned more about my craft.

I almost lost my dad and celebrated when he pulled through.

I became closer to my mom.

I’ve been blessed by family, friends, and strangers helping me and mine when least expected but most needed.

I may have ended the year by having to call in sick, being diagnosed with strep throat and an upper respiratory infection, but I still ended it with friends via video chat and text, laughter, love, and with the knowledge that this new year will be even better.

Have a wonderful New Year, dear readers, and go make some dreams become reality. xoxo