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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

At 11:45 p.m. last night, I woke up to the sound of fireworks. They were loud and joyful. They signaled the new year approaching. Hurriedly, I put on a sweater and went out to the loft where my husband Dennis was sitting. I sat next to him, hand-in-hand waiting for the countdown. My heart was full of joy and love for having him with me. Together, we counted down: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. We turned around and gave each other a hug and a kiss. We both said to each other, "Happy New Year, babe!" 🎉🎉

I sat there with Dennis for a bit longer to watch the New Year Celebration on television. We continued holding each other as if we didn't want to let go. At that very moment, I prayed. I had recently learned to pray more than ever before because sometimes I had no control of my mood due to the hormonal changes in me (approaching menopause). Thousands of adverse thoughts sometimes ran through my head at the same time which turned me into a mad person. I didn't want to hurt the people I love, so I decided to pray more.

Being not a night person, so I went back to bed while Dennis continued watching television. I asked him to stand up and held him like we were dancing. Keeping him at that precious moment, I prayed for having more love and understanding to live in harmony with him and everyone. I prayed for a happier and prosperous 2018. I prayed for Peace on earth. 🙏

The year 2017 was a productive year for me. It took me years to start and stop writing my second book. In the last few months, I gave it a hundred percent time and attention to complete it. It was a challenging book to write because I had to relive some turbulent times of my life. There are much more worst moments in my life, but I don't want to include them all because I don't want to hurt those who are involved. To sum up my experience in seven words: I went to hell and came back. I am still thankful for being able to go back to share my life stories and hoping to inspire one person at a time that they too can survive any storm as long as they have faith. ❤️

I'm looking forward to 2018 full of happiness and success. Each month I will write a minimum of two stories for my new website: I will give 100% time to read more and improve my writing. Besides, I will work on improving my health and finance (I have never been good at it. I even joked with my girls at work that I needed a bookkeeper/ financial advisor. Before I get wealthy, I have to learn to do it myself lol.) I am prosperous. I am thankful for everything I have. I am grateful to everyone who comes across my path. Happy New Year!

On the morning of New Year's Day 2018

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