I saw my friend Alaina yesterday and she made a comment that warmed me and made me laugh at the same time. Talking about birthdays and the end of another year, she said “I love reflecting! It’s one of my favorite things.”

What a year it has been. It started with New Year’s Day when my friend Mamta and I hiked 9 plus miles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and back out along the same trail the next day). That was something I never thought I’d do — and there were many times along the trip back that it seemed the only thing that got me through was Mamta inches behind me, practically chanting “find your core, find your strength, you can do this.”

As the year prepares to take a bow, the community rallied to save BloomBars from losing its home — and succeeded with the help of hundreds of donors, fundraiser shows by gifted and dedicated visual and performing artists, incredible volunteer energy and support, and media attention from WPFW, DCist and NBC Washington.

And today, when I opened up for Poetry in the Morning, I saw our first snow (and couldn’t resist doing the below).

Into the new year, let’s all keep blooming…


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