Dear December, 

I'm not sure if I've ever told you this, but more often than not, you make me feel all of the feelings. The minute you show up, I begin to reminisce, to analyze, to look forward. 

If you had told me last year that 2014 would be equal parts scary and fulfilling on the business front, I wouldn't have necessarily believed you. You see, freelancing and building a business is one of the most uncertain, unpredictable exercises I've ever attempted—and I'm a gal who likes stability. I prefer knowing what's coming around the bend and yet, here we are: walking a path and taking what comes. 

I would have never guessed in a million years that I'd get to work with editors I've long admired this year. I'm still pinching myself after getting to know the lovely humans who've built Clementine Daily. Those women? Well, they're the real deal. And having the opportunity to spend time with them in Palm Springs? That wasn't even on my radar last year. 

I also never expected to find a group of women locally who not only run their own companies, but also support one another so unconditionally. Support, encouragement and a healthy dose of real talk is important for anyone striking out on their own and I couldn't be more grateful to have found those things this year.

Though I've always had the desire to use my voice to share stories, I never anticipated having the gumption to start my own show. And I certainly didn't expect to have it be well-received—despite the early technological issues. I also had no idea how endlessly fulfilling it would be to chat with people, record it, edit it down and share it with others. 

And lastly, I cannot believe I've decided to write a full-length book and that I TOLD PEOPLE ABOUT IT. December, you're making me look long and hard at my writing process and the purpose of the book. Next year will be full of decisions focused on moving that little (huge) project forward.

I couldn't be more grateful for the ups and downs of 2014. There have been just as many low points as there have been high points, but I'm looking back and seeing so much good in the journey. I'll be sharing some new goals and plans for 2015 soon, but right now, I'm focused on gratitude for what's already been. 

So thank you, December. Thank you for reminding me just how much I have to be grateful for as we barrel towards a brand new year.

Sincerely, 

Jen
xoxo


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