I've idolized Christmas cards, for as long as I can remember. I recall lovingly opening up the envelopes my family received and excitedly reading the updates from the senders. The designs, the handwriting, the effort! Now, we get news throughout the year via text messages, Facebook, and Instagram, but I think this makes the holiday cards people send nowadays all the more special.
I also have a deep love for traditions and enjoy starting my own as an adult. Last year, was the first time I felt close to “getting” to send out a holiday card myself. I was old enough, on my own enough, and committed enough to another person. But of course, things changed. (That’s a gracious way of saying that everything fell apart.) And this year, I could have easily let myself feel discouraged and talked out of sending a card, despite feeling so ready last year.
But instead, I decided to send out a solo card.
Yep, it’s just me.
And that felt a little silly at first. But truthfully, I am just me right now.
I thought about it some more and realized I'm not an island. I have an amazing support team that carried me through 2017. In both big and small ways, they cheered me on through some of the toughest days and nights I've had to face. This card celebrates all that I accomplished this year, with the help of all of them.
They moved me out of the first home I built, and they celebrated Galentine's day with me. They supported my ventures into the dating world and helped craft the perfect dating app bio. They invited me into their homes, both on random Tuesday afternoons and to celebrate holidays.
Together, we welcomed husbands and babies. We grieved the continued loss of my brother. We went to Giants games in the spring and set off fireworks on the 4th of July. They rallied together to celebrate my first birthday as a single woman.
They texted and they called. They loved and they showed up.
They showed up, and they stayed around for me.
To the people that saw me through 2017, the trickiest year yet, thank you!
May 2018 bring continued growth, tons of self-care, and more joy than we know what to do with.
Happy New Year. Cheers.