Chanda’s Holiday Letter: Part III

By Chanda Alicea

Dear Readers,

Well 2019 is almost over! Can you believe it? I can’t. On the one hand, times passes by at the normal, regular rate, but on the other hand it seems to move so fast! As a parent, I am thankful for the break from the 6 am wake up calls for school. I have enjoyed the time with my daughter. I wish time would slow down a little. We’re halfway through Christmas break, and I’m torn between ready to get my kid back to school and both of us getting to keep sleeping in. I’m also sure that just like a lot of other stay at home parents, you’ve at some point reached the “send help, need adult conversation and wine” portion of this break from school. No matter how you have spent the break so far, I hope you have had an enjoyable time. Also, does anyone else feel like this picture I’ve included is an accurate statement?!?!

With the new year approaching, I wanted to take this time to wish you all nothing but good things. I hope you find peace, love and happiness. I hope you find strength, wisdom and whatever else you are seeking. I hope if you are lost that you find yourself. If you are looking for a calling and a direction on what to do with your life, I hope that it finds you. I hope that 2020 brings you all the things you are working toward bring into fruition. I hope that the tears are less and the love is more. I hope that whatever when the unexpected hits (good or bad) that you have a support squad to hold you up. I hope you find your family (relative or not). I hope you check off whatever is on your bucket list. I hope that even if it seems scary, that you say yes to all the adventures. I hope that you remember to take it easy on yourself. Remember that you are going through this life doing the best you can. If you’re a parent, just remind yourself that you don’t have to be a perfect parent, just a good one. Remember that it’s the memories not the material things that matter.

If this year kicked your ass, kick next year in the teeth. If something doesn’t bring you happiness, stop doing it. If someone is making you unhappy, throw them back to where they came from. Seriously, you deserve happiness, don’t let anyone dull your shine, not even your own self. Take that job, go on that date, move to that place, buy that thing you want you deserve it. This week, we begin a new year and a fresh new start. Don’t hold any grudges, let go of all the negative stress your holding in your body.  Life isn’t always going to be rainbows and butterflies but keep going. Remember that you are loved and valued.

No matter how you choose to celebrate and ring in the new year, please be safe. Don’t feel guilty if you value staying in rather than going out. It doesn’t matter how you spend it, but rather who you spend it with. I know that a lot of what I have said is probably cliché, but I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. I want all of the fantastically good things for everyone. I want you all to know that I am rooting for all the growth and good fortune you all are so deserving of. In closing, I want to leave you with this anecdote. I recently used Shutterfly to make a new calendar. One of the most interesting things that hit me was one of the positive sayings that was used on an embellishment page. It hit my heart and resonated big time. “Be bold or italic, but never regular.” 



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