Whew...this year has definitely been something. Now, that something is up to interpretation, but I think we can all agree that this year was definitely not what any of us were expecting!
Honestly, it is hard to write a year-end blog knowing that so many people around the world have suffered such significant losses, such anxieties, such drastic changes. It is really difficult to celebrate the good things that have happened for these reasons - but it truly is important. It’s important to give ourselves grace. I’ve been thinking a lot about what that means to me.
Grace used to equal forgiveness, but now it is so much more. Giving myself grace means giving me room to breathe, room to error, room to be sad and happy at the same time, and it means ultimately giving myself the gift of acceptance.
This year as a business owner, I have accomplished so much more than I ever knew I could, and I’ve overcome many challenges. My team never blinked, never wavered, never lost their faith in me and more importantly, in themselves. How did we do it? By giving ourselves grace, our customers grace, and problem solving. How can I not celebrate that?
I look at my children’s year with amazement. They dealt with so much so well! They said goodbye to friends in March and went months without seeing them. My son has not returned to school and is handling his advanced curriculum like a champ. My daughter dealt with loss and sadness and pushed through to a happy place with new normals in her routine. My step-daughters are finding their way in a changing world as adults and they are surviving! When I was frustrated with them - I kept reminding myself to ‘give them grace.’
I don’t know about you, but I’m really proud of all of us for making it through hardships, for staying connected and finding the bright side (even if the glass may have been looking half empty at times).
This year, it’s really important to feel acceptance for all the things we have done, all the goals we have achieved, all the mountains (both mental and physical) we have overcome -- and forget about what didn’t get done.
So, let’s lift a glass (in a Zoom happy hour no less!) and toast to what we survived, what we know we can do, and who we know we can be!
I am genuinely excited to ring in this New Year with newfound strength, a renewed sense of purpose, greater clarity in my goals for the future as a friend, a wife, a mom, a business owner, and most importantly, as a person who shares this beautiful planet with others.
I know that at molly&you, we will write an incredible comeback story for 2021, and I know you will too! May we go into 2021 with purpose and motivation, as well as kindness, appreciation, and a whole lotta grace!
Happy New Year!