The holiday season is now upon us. Along with all the emotions, both good and bad, associated with it. This time of year can bring such joy, warmth, and happiness.. But also strong feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and stress. The christmas season has always evoked some or all of these emotions for me personally, and also forces me to reflect on the past year as it comes to a close an the new one begins. I decided to write this post inspired by these reflections and a a beautiful sentiment discussed by my friend susannah bleasby on a recent podcast.

She discusses her journey in becoming an artist and all the different paths that led her to where she is today. She poses to the audience to think about five people that have altered, steered, and impacted your life in one way or another. Sometimes these people are little more than acquaintances and other times they are close friends or family. In any case, they have helped you discover and carve out this journey of your life.

In honor of the holiday season, when so many of us get distracted and overburdened, I encourage everyone to remember and honor those five people. And thank them. By returning to our past and understanding and embracing it, I think it clears our mind and souls to be open and welcome for new opportunities in the new year. Happy holidays and new year to all of you!