As I nestle into the familiar comfort of my basement, a space that has become my sanctuary for reflection, I find myself enveloped in a profound sense of gratitude. This year has been a remarkable journey, one marked by a newfound assertiveness in my choices. For the first time, I embraced the power of saying "No." I turned down gigs that didn't resonate with my soul, choosing instead to pour my energy into projects that sparked joy and fulfillment.
Working with my team at Second Line Arts Collective, we breathed life into programming that not only inspired us but also touched the lives of others. It was a labor of love, a testament to our collective passion for the arts and our community.
But beyond the professional triumphs, this year has been rich in personal growth and family joys. I've relished the simple pleasures of life, like the smoky aroma of barbecue wafting through the air on lazy weekends, the laughter of my family echoing in our backyard. These moments, seemingly mundane, have been the bedrock of my happiness.
This morning, as I dropped Skylar off at school, I was struck by the picturesque scene that unfolded before me. Our little town, adorned in its festive best, was a living postcard of holiday cheer. The streets were alive with the hustle and bustle of families, a vibrant tapestry of daily life. Parents ushered their children into cozy coffee shops and quaint bakeries, their breaths forming little clouds in the crisp morning air. It was like stepping into a scene from those heartwarming holiday movies I used to watch, a reminder of the charm and beauty that life offers.
As I look ahead to the coming year, there's an air of anticipation, a sense that new adventures and opportunities are on the horizon. I'm excited to continue growing alongside my wife, exploring new creative avenues both as individuals and as a team. The future is a canvas waiting to be painted with our dreams and aspirations.
As the year draws to a close, I may not have many chances to write again before we usher in the new year. So, let me take this moment to extend my heartfelt wishes to you all. Happy New Year! May it be a year filled with joy, achievements, and countless moments of happiness. Thank you for being a part of my journey, for reading my stories, and for sharing in this beautiful tapestry of life.