It’s hard to believe that the holidays are actually here, that in ten days, we will be seeing what Santa brought and celebrating with loved ones. This is, for me, the best time of the year and certainly the sweetest. I love the Christmas pageants and the school plays, the slowing down to choose the perfect gift for every person and wrap it nicely and put it under the tree. But maybe my favorite part is the quiet moments of reflection, of looking back and seeing what this year held and dreaming about what could be in the next.
For me, this whole year has felt like one big present wrapped underneath the tree. From Dear Carolina being optioned for film to hearing my son read his first words, from Lies and Other Acts of Love being released to watching my husband open a second dental office, from one of my quotes appearing on the side of a GT’s kombucha bottle to signing a multi-book deal, this has been a year full of unforgettable firsts, wonderful memories, special times with friends and, mostly, just feeling really grateful for my readers, my family and that I am getting to live my dream. It hasn’t all been exactly as I have imagined it and it hasn’t been perfect, but, somehow, it has all added up to something truly wonderful.
I hope that 2016 has been wonderful for you, but, if it hasn’t, there is still time! These last couple of weeks could change everything! I hope that as you sit around your table this holiday season, hopefully with someone you love, that you have a moment to think about everything you want out of your life. And, even more than that, I hope you get it all!
Thank you so much for being on this journey with me, for your kindness, your love, your warm hearts and your unfailing generosity. Happy holidays to you and all you hold dear!
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