We took down our tree today and it gave me real mixed feelings. Not just because my floor became a carpet of needles. I mean, there were needles EVERYWHERE. But there was a bit of melancholy as I realized how quickly the holidays come and go. So much effort and anticipation leading up to the big day on the 25th - then 24 hours later leaving you exhausted, in a food and sugar coma, and often unfulfilled. 

I also felt a bit of renewal, however, as it was truly our way of leaving 2016 behind and embracing the new year. Like shedding skin. You’re given a blank slate - it can be anything we want it to be. It’s what we make of it, and a new start. The opportunities for reaching your goals or achieving greatness is limitless. Learning from mistakes from the previous year and hopefully be smarter in the next.

By now, I'm sure most of you have taken down your trees and lights and moved on. How was it for you? Did you say 'good riddance' and moving forward - or did you have similar feelings like I did?

Either way, here’s to taking down the old, vacuuming away the bits and pieces, packing it all away and looking forward to the new! The promise of a new year!