A list of 20.16 gifts from the year 2016. No for real, I’m done bashing 2016. (For the moment.)

I have decided to take the high road with 2016. I’m done whining. Here is my attempt to make peace with the worst year ever.*

20.16 lessons and gifts from 2016

[amended: this is only parts 1-10 because my kid is mixing paints and that spells trouble.]
  1. A YEAR of this blog!

  2. Discovering the show “Jane the Virgin.” (A true blessing indeed.) yiyjlx05aq0fo

  3. Continued health for myself, my husband and daughter. (Wow, that is a big one. Probably should have put this before Jane the Virgin.)

  4. My husband watching my daughter so I can write right now, which involves keeping her and her toy drill out of trouble. It is much harder than it sounds.

  5. ALL OF YOU READING THIS. Because for real, the greatest joy is when people care about what you write and then, to blow your mind even more, care about you the human too. Which you do. Which is freaking amazing.

  6. Rediscovering my artistic passions and painting lot’s and lot’s of birds.

7. Singing in my church choir with the greatest bunch of people you could ever meet. I am surrounded by wise, loving elders who cheer me on and lift me up. I LOVE IT.

8. My husband who is still entertaining a child who is now trying to make potions out of toothpaste and dear god I think I’m going to have to split this into two posts.

9. Using my writing to heal.

10. Muddling through the year with tears and laughter– including surrounding myself with Peter Gabriel hugs, by taking cathartic swims, swinging from palm fronds, and leaning on the kindness of strangers like Jeanine.

Items 11 through 20.16 will come tomorrow because my kid is causing ruckus!  

*but also I can’t wait to burn this list. Come Saturday night I’m doing a ritual I just learned about. I will write on slips of paper all the things from the past year I want to leave behind. And then I will burn the papers. (My favorite part!) And then I will write on slips of paper what my intentions are for 2017. I will put them in an envelope that I can open in six months or so to see where I’m at. I’m told my mind will be blown.]


  1. Sarah says:

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! I am so grateful for this beautiful space you’ve created, your writing, your art, and your infectious optimism! 2016 was a year of tremendous growth, learning, and change. You moved through the year’s challenges with such grace and positivity. I love the ritual you described, making a list of things to leave behind and burning it, and making a list of intentions for 2017 and tucking it away in an envelope. I’m still working on my lists. Thank you for all the inspiration! And happy, healthy, prosperous new year to you! xo

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much! You have always, always been such a kind and validating voice. Can I tell you again how excited I am that you are still blogging? Your words are a gift, always. Also, I’m glad to hear I am not the only one still working on a list for the new year. I knew exactly what I wanted to let go of (ha!) but still figuring out what my vision will be for writing/art. I cannot wait to hear what you have in store for 2017.

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      1. Sarah says:

        Thank you, Sarah! And this reminds me, I still have to make my “let it go” list! I think I’m especially excited for that one because I get to toss it in the fireplace. 😉

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      2. It’s definitely the best part!

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