Welcome 2018…I’ve Been Waiting for You.

I blinked and fall flew right by into winter. Family. Hiking. Ebbs. Flows. Birthdays. Holidays. More Ebbs. More Flows. Remembering to breathe it all in and love it all out. Because it’s all gonna be alright.

You know, braving the wilderness.

“Braving the Wilderness” are the words Brené Brown gave to brilliantly describe this exact phase of my life.

2017 provided experiences of great love and victory, as well as deep loss and sorrow.

I am thankful to have spent these last nights of 2017 and today in the mountains, my place of hope, peace and renewal. (And some winter high peaks in negative double digit temperatures, but I’ll save that story for another day.)

Braving the wilderness. Breathe it all in. Love it all out Yes…I am ready.

However for now, I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from her book:

I’ve discovered something beautiful; the loneliest steps are the ones between the city walls and the heart of the wilderness, where safety is in the rear view mirror, new territory remains to be seen, and the path out to the unknown seems empty. But put one foot in front of the other enough times, stay the course long enough to actually tunnel into the wilderness, and you’ll be shocked how many people already live out there — thriving, dancing, creating, celebrating, belonging. It is not a barren wasteland. It is not unprotected territory. It is not void of human flourishing. The wilderness is where all the creatives and prophets and system-buckers and risk-takers have always lived, and it is stunningly vibrant. The walk out there is hard, but authenticity out there is life.

Yes, a stunningly vibrant life.

And write again, I will.

Welcome 2018, I’ve been waiting for you.

Cheers to the New Year,

J

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