01/02/2015 07:33 EST | Updated 03/04/2015 05:59 EST

Dear 2014, Thanks for the All the Lessons

'In the process of writing a thank you card. Green backdrop imparting a light feel to the image -- eg, spring, life, rebirth. I also have a few similar alternatives:'

Dear 2014,

Thank you. Thank you for teaching me a thing or two. For confirming that my gut is always, always, ALWAYS right, and that good things happen when I listen to it and bad things happen when I don't. Thank you for showing me that it's okay to be my silly, sassy, brassy self. And that I can be this person at home AND at work.

Thank you for presenting me with big shiny opportunities. I knocked some of that shit out of the park! It felt like fireworks and cupcakes and confetti! And the things I was too afraid to do -- well, those things are still staring me in the face. Because I didn't try. Thank you for reminding me that I need to try. And sometimes I tried, but I failed or people said no. Thank you for making me realize that the ache of disappointment is not nearly as painful as the unanswered yearning.

Thank you for confirming that it's okay to wear your heart on your sleeve. That it's okay to cry. To admit what you want. To ask for help. To show people who you really are. Thank you for showing me that other people's approval isn't all it's cracked up to be. That I'm not everyone's cup of tea. That I can get dissed and not die. That I can take a hit and keep on truckin'. Who knew?

Thanks for illuminating some stuff I just don't have figured out yet. I didn't make my health a priority. I didn't see my family enough. I said yes when I should have said no. There are lessons there.

Thank you for the wonderful people that came into my life this year -- amazing friends, clients, and colleagues. There were a lot of them. Thanks also for the guts to turn away from people and things that make me feel bad. What a difference that has made.

- xo Sarah

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