I am not going to talk about all of the great minds that we lost in 2016, because we seem to have just noticed this year that great minds die.  And, they die every year, every month, every week, every day.which is why when we are with each other, we should be present.  Not on Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, or any of the other online hangouts that I love just as much as you do.

Which is why when we are with each other, we should be present.  Not on Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, or any of the other online hangouts that I love just as much as you do.

Thank you, 2016, for reminding me to be present.

I will not talk about how much our election hurt me because just saying that it hurt me is enough to know who I didn’t vote for.  I will say that I learned from the election that we do not have standards for our politicians.  We have no standards, America.  None.

And, if you think for a minute that I am only talking about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, then you are mistaken.

I would love to talk politics with you if you are reasonable.  If you are not, please leave all comments about politics at whatever news rags promises that Hillary Clinton is an alien and Donald Trump was chosen by God.

Thank you, 2016, for reminding me that relying on other people to care about the issues that I care about is not good enough.  Thank you for reminding me that “someone else will take care of it” is not how things are done in our beautifully flawed and hopeful country.

This year, I fulfilled a goal that I have had since I was five years old.  I published it a book.

It wasn’t the book I planned to published.  I thought my first book would be literary fiction or sci-fi.  As it turns it, it was a children’s book.  And, I am very proud of it.

Thank you, 2016, for being the time in my life where I can recognize that writing a children’s book is just as awesome as writing a poem, a novel, a series.

I ran 193.01 miles this year.  I read 82 books.  I discovered a love for comics.  I lost my Side Crow, and got it back.  I taught yoga for 11 months, and took a month off to treat myself!  I changed my whole life.  I left some things the same.

Thank you, 2016, for teaching me that measuring everything can be fun and no longer measuring can be fun as well.