I haven't always gone with my gut. I haven't always been truthful to myself and others. I haven't always surrounded my inward and outward self with healthy things - in fact, quite the opposite.
When it comes down to it, I haven't always embraced myself, cared for myself, or even loved myself. When it comes down to it, I am still struggling with self acceptance, with being ok with the all of me. It hurts, but it's the truth, and every day I find myself recognizing the beauty that already exists within me, the beauty that I have spent years desperately trying to find.
The life I am living is grand and full of endless opportunities, and is that way because of my imperfections, my daily mistakes, and my hard truths. It is that way because every year I have been alive has had it's fair share of both good moments and bad. Of both love and pain.
No year outshines another, they're equal parts beautiful, and equal parts important. In fact, they're all pieces of a complex puzzle full of twists and turns, hardships, and the many celebrations of the joys of living.
The Raw Truth: I wouldn't want it any other way.
Hello 2016, glad to welcome you into this wild, wild life of mine. Let's get going.