Happy New Year 2016

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Happy New Year! It’s been about a month since I wrote in this space. It was a peaceful time of renewal. Around Christmas, I took two weeks off from all my freelance work and one full week away from all electronics. It was amazing. And spending time with friends and family was fun, too. I hope your holiday season was everything you wanted it to be. And I hope 2016 treats you well, in all ways.

I don’t do resolutions, but I do set goals. One of the things I hope to do this year:
to have more adventures, new experiences, and fun. For several years, I’ve been so busy that I discovered many weeks had gone by only when I popped my head up like Punxsutawney Phil checking out the February morning air. So this year, I’m going to fit in more of the stuff I’ve been missing, more new fun and opportunities, and things I haven’t been able to spend as much time with, like photography and creative writing projects.

I had already made that decision when I found myself interviewing a dancer from Southwest Philly who now lives in Montréal and dances with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, a Canadian company. As we discussed his path, he admitted that when the idea of joining the company was presented to him, his first thought was, “There’s no way I’m moving to Canada.” He soon realized it was an opportunity and an adventure he couldn’t pass up. So he did it. And he’s loving it. (Read the article that came out of our interview here.)

It was a great reminder as I make the changes I needed to, to allow more of that in my own life, that it’s a good thing. It’s the right thing. And it’s an important thing to do. And I know that just the idea of it makes me want to do cartwheels already. In this time of new beginnings, that’s more than a good place to start.