January 1, 2014

Chapter 2014 // Page 1 of 365


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I know it sounds silly, and the New Year is just a flip of a calendar page, but I am so, so ready to welcome 2014 and all of the possibilities that await me in the next 365 days.


2013 was a tough year for me, there's no sugar coating it or beating around the bush about that ... but without experiencing all of the challenges, setbacks, or the major heartbreak that I did, I know for certain that I wouldn't be entering this new year who I am today ... and not to be a humblebragger, but I'm very happy with who I am right now.

Because today I am a stronger, more compassionate, empathetic, conscientious, fearless, resilient, patient and understanding woman than I was a year ago. While I'm thankful for all of the good, I'm especially thankful for the bad that I experienced in 2013, because I think that in order to live life to the fullest, we have to actually live it. And life isn't always sunshine or brownies with sprinkles or puppy kisses.

Sometimes, life sucks ... hard.

But I believe that in order for us to appreciate the good we have to experience the bad. So while I'd never want to re-live a majority of 2013 ever again, I don't want to forget it, either. Most of life's lessons are learned the hard way, and I'm grateful for everything that I learned over the past year because all of it has prepared me for the worst, but opened my heart to hope for the best, and I'm truly excited to see what the next 365 days have in store for me. Let's do this.

xo,
Kym

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  1. I love this. I am also excited for the fresh start of 2014-whether its cheesy or not, I love the promise of a new year.

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    1. I do too. Here's to 2014 - I wish you so much happiness and success!! xo

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  2. Sending you al the hope, positivity and love the New Year can bring! Happy New Year, Kym!!

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    1. Thank you love!! Cheers to 2014 - I wish you so much success and happiness - Let's do this!!!! xoxo

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  3. I love that today is a clean slate. The first page of a brand new book and anything can happen! It is so refreshing to know that what has happened in the past year is just that, in the past!

    Happy New Year! :)

    xo,
    Chelsea

    heavenwithawildside.blogspot.com

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    1. AMEN sister!! I love that. I am most definitely leaving the past in the past and setting my eyes on the future. Cheers to a happy 2014 for you! xo

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  4. Happy New Year to you and Brutus!

    Ginny
    www.buttergirldiaries.com

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  5. Oh, I wanted to put your button on my blog. Where can I find it? I've searched your entire blog! lol

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    1. I don't have a grab button on my blog but I'd be happy to send you one :) Which dimensions do you need? xo

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  6. I hope this year is a great one for you and you can continue to be stronger and grow without as much pain. Happy New Year, Kym!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words my friend <3 Much love and success in 2014 to you and your loved ones!! xo

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  7. I'm sure this year would bring a lot of happiness and good time , probably because I love the way 14 sounds . Well I just think so :) happy new year!

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    1. Hahaha!! I like the way you think, Noor! Cheers to 2014, I wish the best for you!! xoxo

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  8. I hope that 2014 is a much happier year for you!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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    1. Thank you sweet girl <3 I hope that all of your goals and wishes for 2014 come true! xo

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  9. i faced some setbacks in 2013 too so i'm hoping that 2014 will be better for me and for you too!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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    1. I saw a quote earlier today that said "Set backs are a set up for a come back." BOOM. Let's do this! xo

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  10. Happy New Year! I hope that 2014 will be a great year for you. You sure deserve it!

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    1. We all do! :) I wish you soooo much happiness in 2014, Emilie <3

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  11. Happy New Year Kym! Feel you on this post. Here's to an awesome 2014! :)

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Erika! Let's make it a GREAT one :) xo

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  12. Hooray! Happy New Year lady, here's to a magical and amazing 2014! xox

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  13. Perfectly stated! Here's to fresh starts, blank slates & turing the page! Happy New Year!

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    1. Turning the page - yes, yes, yes!!! Cheers and Happy New Year, Jenn! xo

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  14. I hope your 2014 is everything you want it to be. Its cliché to say, but the hard years help shape who we are too. Like you said this year has changed you. 2012 was one of the worst years of my life, and this year we turned a serious corner. I'm hoping that's your experience as well.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Whitney. I've seen many blog posts today that said 2012 was the worst year of their life, and that 2013 was the best. I am happy to read that 2013 turned the corner for you, and I hope that I can be so lucky!! Cheers to the New Year and I wish you happiness and success!

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  15. "I believe that in order for us to appreciate the good we have to experience the bad." I couldn't agree more!

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    1. It's so, so true. Experience is the best teacher!!

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  16. I couldn't agree with you more with what you wrote in this post. Cheers to 2014 :)

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    1. Cheers to you as well! I hope that 2014 is everything you hope for! xo

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  17. This is a beautiful post :) Thank you for sharing! Happy 2014!!

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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  18. 2013 was easily the worst of my 19 years on this Earth. It was filled with heartbreak and loss and disappointment. I experienced some of the worst things of my life and some of my worst, lowest days were spread out over the year. However, it was also the best year of my life. Some of those things that happened to me have helped me grow so much so that I no longer recognize the person I was just a few short months ago. I am so much stronger and so much happier.
    Sending lots of love your way. Here's to hoping 2014 is good to both of us. :)

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  19. I'm so glad I got to meet you in 2013 and I definitely have a feeling 2014 is going to be an amazing year for you guys!

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  20. I couldn't agree more on the to experience the good, you've gotta experience the bad motto. As hard as it is sometimes, all kinds of heartbreak lead to more appreciation and stronger growth. I know 2014 has great things in store for you, Kym!

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  21. i am hoping for a fresh start in 2014 too, cannot wait to read and follow along with you.

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  22. I feel like the concensis is that 2013 sucked royally for just about everyone. I know it did for my family. I started Dec. 21, 2012....Ya know, the day the Earth was going to blow up....well our life did. It got turned upside down and then we got caught in the vortex and are trying to find our way back to solid ground. *sigh* I am very thankful and overjoyed that we are in 2014! I know it is going to be nothing short of amazing and full of abundance in every aspect of life. Here's to an awesome '14 all around! CHEERS!

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  23. brilliant post, happy new year!! x

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  24. Happy New Year Kym. I have a good feeling for 2014, hoping that this year turns out awesome for both of us!

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  25. Wishing you the best in 2014! I'll be reading along right with you! :)

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