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My New Year's Wish for You :)



Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.


-Walt Whitman


On the first day of the New Year, I woke up with a stuffy nose that turned into the flu. Over the next few days, I was sick and stuck in bed.


While maybe you’re thinking this is a horrible way to start off the New Year, it actually turned out to be a blessing! During this time, I was forced to be still for days, and it gave me the opportunity to reflect on life, God, and what’s important.


I think we live in a world where we are constantly told that we are not enough.


That we need to do something big and great in order to do something important. We’re told that we need to look a certain way in order to be loved. That we need to have a significant other in order to finally be happy.


However, the truth is that no matter what you look like, there will always be someone who appreciates you. No matter what you achieve, still the most important things in life may be small as spending time with loved ones. And no matter who you’re with, surrendering to God’s love and learning to love ourselves the way He does is the only thing that can truly make us feel whole and full of joy.


My wish for you this New Year is that you can experience this joy :).


Like really experience it and wake up each day excited about another day of life. Because you deserve to be happy :). You deserve to feel fully alive each day!


Each day is unique. It has never happened before in the history of time, and once it happens, there will never be a day like it again.


Each day is a gift especially packaged for you :).


I want to leave you with a quote someone sent me recently that gave me so much encouragement. It came at just the right time for me, and I hope it comes at the perfect time for you :).



(Pope Francis gave in a sermon in Rome.)

You can have flaws, be anxious, and ever angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments. To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons from the failures. It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity. Being happy is not a fatality of destiny, but an achievement for those who can travel within themselves. To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny's author. It is to cross deserts, yet to be able to find an oasis in the depths of our soul. It is to thank God for every morning, for the miracle of life.  Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It's to be able to talk about you. It is having the courage to hear a "no." It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us.  To be happy is to let live the creature that lives in each of us, free, joyful and simple. It is to have maturity to be able to say: "I made mistakes." It is to have the courage to say "I am sorry.” It is to have the sensitivity to say, "I need you." It is to have the ability to say "I love you." May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness.That in spring may it be a lover of joy. In winter a lover of wisdom. And when you make a mistake, start all over again.  For only then will you be in love with life. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life. But use the tears to irrigate tolerance. Use your losses to train patience. Use your mistakes to sculpter serenity. Use pain to plaster pleasure. Use obstacles to open windows of intelligence. Never give up .... Never give up on people who love you. Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show. 



Sending you so much love and warmest wishes for a Happy New Year! ❤️


Stephanie










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