Farewell 2018!

Last Update: December 31, 2018

For a good part of 2018, I was in a dark and broken place. I lost people that meant the world to me, I was asked to leave the place where I spent the last 15 years of my life and I battled for so long my own personal demons and insecurities. What doesn't kill us, certainly makes us stronger.

I allowed anxiety and doubt to control my actions.

One thing that this year has taught me though is that sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there...to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become.

And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would never realize your potential, strength, will power or heart.

2018 was one of these years.

But everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. And honestly, who wants that in their life? It certainly makes life more exciting!

The people you meet also affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create whom you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you in your journey, even if you don't see it now, one day you will.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but also because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things. Make every day count. Appreciate everything that you possibly can, for you may never experience it again.

You aren't coming back. We should always live life like that!

I mean if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you. Create your own life and then go out and live it. Playing small only hurts yourself.

I have learned so much from what 2018 threw at me. Don't let past mistakes stop you or define who you are. Yeah, I f**ked up plenty of times and made many mistakes. But from that, I've learned many invaluable lessons that have helped me to grow.

If you aren't growing, you aren't living!

So 2018, I now bid you farewell. I have made my peace with myself and I'm ready to rock in 2019! Bring on the new year! Can't wait to see what's in store for all of us.

Thank you to the WA family for welcoming me with open arms. Looking forward to a successful year ahead. So happy to be here.

Happy New Year everyone!

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RussellO1 Premium
Happy Nrew year to you Todd. Glad that you have learned the lessons taught in 2018 so that you can live 2019 to it's fullest.
All the best to you.
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Terand Premium
Thank you for sharing and wishing you a happy new year, Todd! :o)
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HeidiY Premium
Motivating and inspiring stuff Todd. This is why I love this community everyone has a different story and something to share.

My very best wishes to you for the best year of your life in 2019.
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sc3092 Premium
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Donna2018 Premium
Hi Todd,
You are so right, what don't kill you can actually make you stronger! So glad you were able to over come your losses. Hang in there things will start do get better! Wishing you much success in 2019!
Donna
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smartketeer Premium
HAPPY NEW YEAR Todd!
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DonnieNorton Premium
Hi Todd, you have made me really think about my life. Starting in 2014 I was fired from a job I absolutely loved. The wife and I were used to a $55 an hour income and had to drop to less than $10 an hour when we both had to go on Social Security disability. I lost my mom to bladder and liver cancer. I have major health issues ranging from diabetes to a severely broken leg.

I do have things to be grateful for. Due to my mom's passing my aunt and I have become much much closer, she is my last surviving relative. The best thing I have be grateful for its finding wealthy affiliate. The friendships I have made are truly awesome. The learning that I am doing will enable me to become financially independent and not have to rely on Social Security.

I wish you all success in the world, both in life and here on wealthy affiliate. All the best in 2019.
Donnie
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