As we near the end of 2023, I find myself reflecting on the challenges of this year as well as the glimmers of hope peeking through. For so many, this has been a time of hardship - hardship that at times seemed it might not end. Yet here we are, approaching a new year.
The struggles we've faced have taken a toll, but they have also revealed our strength. I have witnessed so much support and courage in our community. You have cared for one another, lifted each other up, and pushed forward with purpose and compassion. We have proven that the light within us cannot be extinguished as long as we turn to, not on, one another.
As 2023 draws to an end, I choose to focus my gaze on the dawn of 2024. With lessons learned and resilience deepened, I’m walking into the new year with wisdom and hope. There will undoubtedly be more trials ahead (there always are), but together we are capable of overcoming whatever is in store. We will support mental health and practice self-care. We will make space for joy and laughter. We will give ourselves and each other grace.
Wishing you, your families and community a wonderful holiday season ahead filled with laughter and joy. Let's spread a little kindness to others this season!
With love and optimism,