It’s so remiss of me to not do my usual Ole Year’s ritual earlier this year…but after a hectic day and month here I am! Here’s my lessons for 2014…

Photo credit – Arnos Vale, Tobago
Carolyn Correia All rights reserved 2013
After a wonderful year of soul searching and honing my talents in the tranquil sister isle of Tobago in 2013, I returned to Trinidad in January 2014 to “Chart my Destiny.” …

Whether I succeeded or not, is not for me to judge, but everyone I meet seems to think so! And this is not by what I have told them, but what they have seen. While I welcome the recommendations and kudos of my peers, I also tell them that “all that glitters is not gold.” 

Even though I’ve accomplished a lot during the short space of time, everyone has different standards by which to measure success. I feel like I have done a lot, but there’s always more. A new friend just told me on facebook, that many opportunities are coming my way in 2015. I embrace this wish with my whole heart, mind and soul.

While some may measure success in dollars and cents, I feel pride in knowing that I have fulfilled my reason for returning to Trinidad, which was to be with my Dad during his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Those fond memories I shared with him are golden and irreplaceable and I will cherish it all the days of my life, when things get tough (and I am told by my older sisters that they will!) 

Now that my father went to be with the Lord, I feel contented to know that I did everything I could have done to make his last year enjoyable and easier. I look back on the last few years and though there are things that I could have done differently, I feel totally at peace to know that I was here for him when he needed it the most. He knew we loved him dearly and I told him this every day. To hear him return the sentiments in his response each and every time was like music to my ears.

All my other accomplishments for the year pale in comparison to this feeling. I have no regrets, no what if’s, no I should have’s. I am not even overwhelmed with sadness at this time, because I know this is what he wanted and he is in a better place watching over me. I have hope that I will see him once again when my time has come. I am glad that it was not several months ago and I was given a second chance to make it right.

When people misjudge you and accuse you wrongfully, I know it’s okay because what is in the dark must come into the light….the longest rope has an end and the whole nine yards. When I think of all the lessons, good times and what both my heavenly and earthly father endured for me, I just have to smile and wait on the Lord to do His work in my life.

I am not going to list again all the things I am grateful for, but I do thank God for my family and friends who have supported me every step of the way both emotionally, physically and just by being in my corner. I am thankful for my blessings and talents. This has allowed me to complete my second book this December which has been dedicated to my Dad since 2009 who has been the driving force behind me writing books. I am also thankful for the detractors and naysayers, for it is because of them that I have come this far and I am so pleased with the result. 

While I know I have much more to learn, I have grown by leaps and bounds and I feel happy in this knowledge because I understand that I am a work in progress.

So on this day: Wednesday 31st December, 2014 I say goodbye to what is old and say hello to a new beginning...welcoming #positive #change in #2015. New synergies, new hope, new goals realized…..weeding out the untruths, uncovering the pain behind the words, letting go of fear and hurt, clearing out the clutter and releasing that which no longer serves a purpose in my life. 

Thank You 2014…it was wonderful…but I gotta let you go…Forward ever, backward never….Let the good times roll….2015 here we come! 

Peace, love and abundance to you alwayz…xoxoxoxoxo

Feel free to drop me a line and tell me what you’ve learnt in 2014 and what you look forward to the most in 2015.
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