As we close out 2012, I took a moment to reflect on my 2012. I can say that this year has been very much a rollercoaster of emotions. I have experienced great joy and tremendous pain. Both personal loss and personal gain. Some relationships blossomed while others were strained. Despite it my love for family and the goodness in people remains. My perserverance was battle tested and sometimes wounded to the point of surrender. However everytime I was ready to waive the right flag the right person, place, or thing would appear and assure me that I would make it through. I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about myself. What my emotions are during my high times as well as low times. I have learned who my inner circle consists of and I am okay with that. I understand that just because you are a friend to some does not mean they are a friend back- and that was okay. I understood where they were and chose to either meet them on their level or I left them alone. I have learned to show more empathy without letting that blind me from the true person. Overall I am very thankful for the growth and the tests. Without them I would not have a story or testimony to share with others. Be safe out there tonight and bring in 2013 with love, peace, and joy in you hearts!!