happy new year from new zealand!

hope your new year is off to a good start! as most of you know, i spent mine on an airplane heading for auckland and said good-bye to 2016 mid-flight. it was a long and uneventful ride. i say that, but that's not entirely true. the 13-hour flight wasn't as long as i had anticipated, and it wasn't uneventful…

we encountered turbulence. the first time is always the biggest surprise. that jolt, the uh-oh feeling in the pit of the stomach, the uncertainty of what's going to happen, is always scary. return to your seat, fasten your seatbelt, and then ride it out. it's all you can do. it's what i did. eventually, it passed. with each one, i was better able to handle the next one knowing it's just temporary.

sound familiar? yup, life. my life, particularly this past year. i learned a lot on that plane and during the year: it's pointless to stress about when turbulence will come again, how long it will last, and what will be the outcome. it will happen when it happens, and when it does, take a deep breath, get balanced, sit down, and buckle myself in.

but don't get too attached to the safety of the seat belt. get up, stretch, and shake off the stiffness. there's no need to fear. even though each one is different, i know what to do and get better at dealing with it. afterwards, i feel stronger, wiser, and far more confident, far more resilient in having gone through it. in the end, no matter what, i will be alright.

this new year, i realized it's not just the year that's new. each day is new, and so is each hour, each second, each moment. each is new, but it's not. it's a continuous process, this journey of life. the past can never be redone, the future can never be foretold. nothing left but to live in the moment, which is my intention right now.

on this third day of january 2017, i believe i'm in a timezone ahead of most of you. feels a little funny, kinda like i'm time traveling. well, being in the future, i can report back to you that it is lighter. it is brighter. mine anyway, and hopefully, yours too.

i want to thank you all for being there for me. thank you for your kindness, generosity, and compassion. thank you for your patience, friendship, and support. thank you for wrapping your arms around me, being my seatbelt, and holding my hand during the most turbulent time of my life. thank you for sharing with me this ride, this journey.

with much love and gratitude, wishing you peace and joy this year, this day, this moment, right now…

xx talor