2016… wow am I happy to say goodbye to you. You truly were one of the most challenging years of my life. I learned to overcome challenges I never could have foreseen, feel things I have never felt, found insight in what was masked with familiarity. Taking in each memory and lesson as a stepping block, I can only use it to grow. I refuse to let the bad consequence the good. Like a snake, I shed my skin of you. Not to be forgotten, but definitely to be left behind. Leaving all but optimism and perseverance, I enter 2017 with a warm embrace. A new year, a new me, a new beginning. Are you ready? Because I am.