Thank you 2016


1 Day, 4 hours, 34 minutes, and 54 seconds. That’s how long we have left until we start a New Year. This year has brought me so much joy, sadness, and power. Though, it was a rough one I have truly managed to fight and overcome so many obstacles. If you were to ask me a year ago “where would I be”? I wouldn’t tell you the things that I have done this year. I honestly cannot believe I started my own blog, travelled to Cuba, went on road trips, spoke to over 200 men and women, and participated in leadership conferences in different states. The amount of doors 2016 has opened for me has been remarkable. Let’s be honest, 2016 wasn’t the best year with crime, wars, shootings, deaths, illnesses, families, and a heated election I have somehow managed to not let 2016 break me down. Today, this day, I realized that the last 6 months of 2016 have been the best. Truthfully, that’s the only word that comes to mind. In June I told myself that I have to take a few risks and I have do something. At that time something was anything. So, I spent nine days in a beautiful country called Cuba away from my family, my home, technology, and America. It was pure bliss. I got to get in touch with y own roots and earlier in the year I did some research about my Cuban heritage so it was amazing to get to see the places where “I come from”. Three months later I spent time with friends, truly, I haven’t been able to laugh so loud and be free in a while. I met new people and I’m glad they came into my life because I probably would not have done half the things I did the last four months. Two months after that I hit a bump, but I kept going because my challenge was not over. In December, I performed a visual protest to adults and teenagers. For once, I didn’t care what people had to say, I didn’t care that someone might take offense, I didn’t care whether or not people liked it; for once I cared for something that I loved deeply. I did something incredibly small, but it made a huge difference for another community. It was that day I decided I am going to continue to do what I love. I am going to continue to be creative and make moves to my own music. In the end, it is I who is doing it and if I love it then I will continue to do it. That being said I performed, organized, generated a political piece inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Wow. I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished in 2016. Of course, I wish I could have done more, but that’s the thing we all must appreciate the experiences we have experienced, we must love the challenges that were brought to us, and we must tackle them with grace and peace. If you had a crappy year think about something that was good out of it. Think about how you overcame your challenge. Until then, I am so excited for what 2017 will bring. I am ready to say Goodbye and Farewell to this year.

Peace and Love, Taylor

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