Hello, 2018…. I’ve been waiting for your arrival.
I can honestly say that 2017 was a catastrophic year.
From start to finish, it was just horrible.
Some years just truly bite. You know how teachers sometimes have that one bad “grade” or in a friend group, there’s that one troublemaker?
Well, you guessed it… 2017 was the bad egg.
The demon seed.
A category 5 hurricane.
Most of you already know that I lost my father this year. I took some time off of writing and eventually I tried to write again but really couldn’t keep the momentum going.
I wanted to and I tried to but the gravity of my grief made it virtually impossible to do so.
I have always written with passion and humor. But when you are truly grief-stricken, and I do mean grief-stricken, writing in that frame of mind is like filling up a water bottle at an empty water fountain.
I had nothing to give.
2017 was a year of endings and loss for me. It was the year of profound changes and a year of huge discovery.
It was a year that I needed to examine many of my own relationships and as a relationship expert, re-evaluate many of them.
It was a year to let go, a year to re-connect and a year to appreciate and sustain the connections of those whom I love and adore.
But like they say, “Every cloud has a silver lining” and my greatest silver linings were the amazing friends, family, and an incredible boyfriend who have surrounded me and never stopped caring.
I don’t just mean the ones that came to the funeral or Shiva, but the ones that stayed around long after the dust settled. The ones that came over and lay in bed with me when I didn’t think I could stand. The ones that called me and texted me months into the grief process just to make sure I was ok.
Those people were my silver linings.
I write about relationships and love and have continued to coach clients in their personal relationships throughout my grief process. And in the brief moment I took to merge with ForeverHer, my readers sent me hundreds of angry emails asking me to come back to my own site and continue to write like I have for years on the topics they feel connected to.
So I listened.
I will continue to be a ForeverHer relationship expert but at the same time, I am going to write again for my own site, as well. Along with these changes, I will also be answering relationship questions for Detroit’s Neighborhood Seen Facebook, live on February 13th.
So if you have any questions you’d like anonymously answered, please email me at [email protected] no later than February 1st, 2018.
Life is funny. We make plans and G-d laughs. (Or at the minimum he chuckles or in my case he could be even shnockered)
So as they say, I’m getting back in the saddle…
For now, giddyup…
Until Next time,
P.S. I’ve started a new Facebook page for The Relationship Realist… would love if you’d like it!!
So excited that your back it was great talking to u last night ..
Thank you so much and thank you for all your support!!
I lost my dad about 10 years ago and I’ve never really gotten over it. But time heals all wounds. 2018 will be a better year. Have a Happy New Year!
Thank you, Doug. I don’t think I will ever get over it either. Happy New Year to you, too.