2014 was a hell of a year. I could go into all the things that happened, or list all the things I want to accomplish in 2015. Instead of doing a typical end-of-the-year post, I wanted the last post of the year to be about someone else: my readers.
So this goes to you. This goes to everyone who has ever stopped by, even to just look at pictures. This goes to every stranger that has found my digital world and stuck around. This is for the hopeless romantics that have found a haven in my words. This is my time to say something truly important:
To my best friends thank you for always being there. Throughout this year you helped me through my heartbreak. You wiped mascara off, bought me shots, and still loved me after too many. You told me how it was without sugarcoating. You laughed with me and we traveled hundreds of miles to go on adventures together. You are more appreciated than you’ll ever know. You have kept me together and over eaten with me when I’ve fallen apart. You are such special people and I am so grateful to have you in my life. I hope you know how much you mean to me, and I promise to always be as good of a friend as you have been to me. I promise to always be your biggest supporter in life and social media.
To my family thank you for dealing with me this year. I’ve found that I take out my pain on the people I love the most. So I appreciate that you could still find it in your heart to feed me when I’m home and text me goodnight quotes after I had a freak attack earlier that day. Thank you for still telling me to bring a jacket when I leave the house. Thank you for always being worried about everything. Thank you for accepting that my dreams change on a daily basis. Thank you for not asking when I’m going to get married. I’m damn lucky to have a family like you and I will make sure you know that each day.
To my blogger network thank you for being a part of my little digital world. I feel like I have made pen pal friends with people all across the globe. Thank you for supporting my blog in its infancy and I hope you stay to see it grow. I also hope you keep doing what you’re doing because your words are my (and so many others) inspiration – and I respect you so much for that.
To my Miami people thank you for helping me not hate Miami anymore. Thank you for sarcastically throwing out “I read Single Strides” at pregames. Thank you for admitting that you actually read it. It’s definitely been quite the year and I’m happy to be a part of the circle. I’m excited to see what stories we’ll have in 2015, and I pray that we soon won’t live in a construction zone (thanks, Brickell). Thank you for the late nights, the pizza runs, and for introducing me to vodka tonics.
To my coworkers thank you for the fact that I enjoy going to work everyday. I know I am incredibly lucky to not only love my job, but to love my first job. I’ve learned so much from each of you and you’ve supported me the entire time. You not only make it a pleasure to work with and for you, but you make me want to put in more than 100% each and every day. I know I can do great things in this career and I couldn’t ask for a better team to do them with.
To my ex thank you for breaking my heart. If it weren’t for the heartbreak, this blog would never exist. This is the home of all the emotions that you spilled out of me that had nowhere to go. Thank you for breaking down my soul and bringing out the words that had been dormant for far too long. Thank you for teaching me what to not settle for. Thank you for helping me learn to love myself – something I could only do away from you. Thank you for pushing me to a breaking point; it’s here I’ve started to find myself as I pick up the pieces. Thank you mostly for being my muse.
To my readers thank you for accepting me as I am. Thank you for making it worthwhile to share such personal words. I especially thank you for commenting or emailing me when something has impacted you; you have no idea how much it means to me to hear from you. I appreciate each and every single view on my blog and I hope that I have inspired you in some way. You’ve made this dream of mine a reality. I hope you stick around to see where my words can take me – and I promise you it’ll be somewhere big.
So, this goes to you. I look forward to striding on, and knowing I have you all to walk with. Cheers to 2015, and cheers to you.