A Toast To The Old You

Ah, the ending of another year around the sun…what have I learned? What do I need to let go of to truly embrace the coming new year? Oh, the pressure! 
I’ve learned I am no longer that person that makes goals and says “Good riddance to a year gone by”. No, no, no. I flip through my journal back to the first day of January 2023, I am looking for clues from then to now. I also am looking at my visual journal, my Wearable Shrines of Intention. 
Instead of the goal setting and vision boarding, I lean into gratitude for that woman I was this year. To the old soul that grew up too fast, now trying to slow my choices down. Still evolving, still learning. I wrote that the first day of January 2023. It reminds me you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! I wrote, “This year is about uniting with others and understanding more of how we want to live our lives”. This year having traveled to over 32 states and putting on over 5,000 miles, meeting you all in your towns has been a blessing and a miracle. 
The courage it takes to get out of bed and go forth into the miracles that surround us. Even getting ready for the day reminds me what a gift life is. The view, the warmth of home, of friends and family. The meeting of my love this year. But first, I had to meet myself head on, thank her, and say thank you..
And thank YOU from the bottom of my heart at all the wonderful people I have met along the way this year. You are emblazoned on my heart, and I want you to know how special you are. Making for marriages, births, deaths, pet’s passing, celebrations, mile markers, diagnosis, hard times and sweet times. You truly are the reason I keep getting up and almost rushing to the studio to get out what’s in me in my 35th year of Sweet Bird…it’s about the people. 
This new year, please cherish all of you…the old you has survived every terrible day, every hard thing, every awful circumstance, and every heartbreak you ever felt. The old you is a fighter and that is worth celebrating.
I wish you your best year yet in 2024. Keep on keepin’ on and I am so grateful for the allowance to make wearable shrines of intention for you. 
Here’s to many more adventures! Thanks for being with us on the ride,
Nancy + Team Sweetbird