Peace and light, friends,

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope it is treating you well.

I feel, for me, that this year will be very different from years past. I feel an energy of change, and rebirth and new beginnings in this new year. I can’t really explain why or how, but I feel it in the air.

There are a couple of things that have been staying on my heart and mind that I wish to share with you, and I hope you can take them and use them in some way in your life, and watch here to see how they will be implemented in mine. First, is my new greeting, Peace and Light. It spoke to me louder than any other greeting because it says much more than “Hello”; it is a prayer, a wish from one person to another, from one energy to another energy. It is a wish for the receiver to have peace – of mind, body and soul – through whatever the day brings their way. The other part of that greeting is “Light”; light so that the receiver may see everything and everyone that is around them for what it TRULY IS – no pretense, no fluff, no silk screen, no rose-colored glasses. In an amazing way, light brings us truth, and when we operate in a place of truth, we can find peace. So, that is my prayer for you, may you walk in that everywhere you go.

The other thing is today’s title – “Stripped”. On January 1, I was taking a road trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, with my family when we drove over Lake Pontchartrain. It had been a long time since I made this trip, and I was excited. As we drove over the lake, I couldn’t help but notice the many trees sticking out – barren, stripped of branches, leaves, and bark. They had been beaten by hurricane winds, pellets of rain and possibly some debris along the way. Even through all of that, these trees still stand, reminding passersby of all they have gone through. This image resonated with me because it reminded me of change; transitioning from one year into a new one. How many of us feel like the last year left us completely stripped, bare, exposed and vulnerable, open to the elements? Yes, that’s one way to look at it, but how about another perspective: 2017 may have left you feeling stripped of everything you perceived as comfortable, but now you find yourself stuck in murky waters with nothing to protect you from what come next. However, 2018 presents to you now a new beginning, a chance to start fresh, write a new chapter in your life. Even though you are in the lake, like the trees of Lake Pontchartrain, you’re still standing. You withstood the storm. Unlike those trees, you are stripped because you have shed away what no longer serves you. You now have a new opportunity to rebuild yourself, to grow new leaves and to flourish. Unlike those trees, you can pull your roots up and replant them anywhere you wish. Take advantage of the opportunity that is in front of you; you can stay in the lake and experience more of the same, or you can pull up your roots and move on. The choice is yours.

So, for this new year, friends, I truly wish for you peace and light. As you travel through it, don’t forget to honor yourself as you well as you do others. Maybe even a little bit better….