Hey guys! I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to clock in a new year and get a new chance at a fresh start! As with every year, 2016 had its highs and its lows but from what I’ve noticed on social media, it seems this time around that the lows surpassed the highs for a lot of people. I personally feel that I attended one too many funerals, especially that of a 10 month old baby – which forever changed my outlook on life! I certainly don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer but I’m just glad that 2016 will now be a thing of the past.
In this last post of the year, I am sharing my post popular looks of the year. I am so thankful for all the lessons I’ve learned that led to my growth as a woman, i.e. Being so comfortable in my adulthood that I now know I have the right to say no to things I don’t want to do without owing anyone an explanation. I’ve also learned that I only have control over my actions and I cannot expect others to react how I would have reacted if I were in their shoes. Lastly, I learned that being kind to unkind people leaves me with a clear conscience. I will never say “such and such made me do this” for I am the master of me and I hold myself accountable for my actions. No one’s actions should cause me to lose control of my reaction. I choose to continue to grow and always answer negativity with positivity.
The one thing I already knew that came in handy in 2016 was listening to my instincts; I just felt like going to Haiti last minute to surprise some of my favs and I had the time of my life, laughing with them. Marc (or Jean as we called him) made the surprise possible. He made this my BEST trip to Haiti since I moved to the US 14 years ago! I was so thankful for that and made a mental note to bring him a nice gift the next time I went to Haiti.
Then reality hit like a ton of bricks and we soon discovered we wouldn’t have a “next time” in Haiti with him. We got the call bright and early the morning of October 2nd. Cancer did it again and took another angel from this earth but knowing that he is no longer suffering brings us peace. I continue to pray that God will comfort his mother and those closest to him. 2015 took my grandmother and 2016 took Jean. I pray that my 2017 recap post will not end in an obituary but if it does, I pray even more that I will not have any regrets for as I encourage you to do, I strive to live colorfully every. single. day.
RIP Marc ~ You are so missed!
Happy 2017 to you all and cheers to a happier, healthier, richer and more stylish and colorfull year ahead! Stay blessed 🙂