I had a livejournal for about seven years and every single year I would start my ‘New Year’ post with one of two quotes, usually: “And there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last”. No year was any better or worse than the one before until this past year. This past year was without a doubt the best and worst year of my life. I went through more difficulties and hard times than I ever could have imagined, but the outcome of everything was so completely and totally worth it. This year: I have grown in so many ways. I have become a much stronger and powerful individual. I have overcome negativity brought on by bitter and selfish people. I have received so much love and warmth from so many amazing friends and family. I have grown closer with my family and gained more people to call my family. This year brought me the best and most amazing experience of my life: being a mother to Marlowe. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Every New Year’s Eve I find myself very emotional and unexplainably sad until this year. I will not be missing 2010, but instead, I am excited for this upcoming year. I am 100% certain this coming year will absolutely be better than the last. I have so many things to look forward to. Bring on a new year.