Gratitude is a huge part of a life change I made in 2013. That resolution has lasted 3 years and become a vital thread in the fiber of my existence. I have gratitude for the life I have been given, the trials I have overcome, the blessings that I see every day, and my daily existence. More than that though, I have to give gratitude for the people who have come into my life every year, or continued the journey with me. For I truly believe that the people who enter your life, no matter how long or how short, are there to guide you in some form and help you become a better version of yourself. Bad or good, each person makes an impact.
Thank you for continuing the crazy journey with me. I can’t believe we have lasted this long. Our adventures never cease to amaze me, and your never ending ability to keep it real and put me in my place without concern for your standing is why you’re always going to be my number 1. Thank you for being my best friend and holding me up, toughening me up, and making me see my mistakes, my realities, and my blessings.
Thank you for reminding me everyday of what blessings I have in store and what blessings I have to come. You have always been my reminder of why the Lord asks us to do the things we do. I always say that everyone needs a Kim in their life, thank you for being my perfectly princess pink one.
Thank you for sharing in heartache, heartbreak, and for standing with me through every frustrated moment. Our days are the best days, and your presence reminds me that life gives “Me Days” and that we need to celebrate ours together.
Thank you for being my partner in Cloth Diaper and Babywearing hoarding crime. You have always accepted me with my quirks, and have always supported me on this journey. Thank you for being the first investor in Jayne. Your sleuthing skills are awesome.
Thank you for just being amazing and sticking by me through all the crazy.
Thank you for giving me a reason to be proud, to be me, to be real. Your choices helped me accept mine. Your love and unfiltered acceptance is what I strive for in life.
Thank you for preparing me for this year. Thank you for holding me together, growing me up and setting me free. You truly prepared me for the life changes, growth and challenges that came this year. You are missed.
Thank you for starting a new chapter with me. You took the challenge of merging the departments in stride, and pushed me to become a leader. Your support and your role in this stage of my life is perfect and reminds me that things happen exactly as they are supposed to.
Thank you for giving me chance to see you in you element. Thank you for letting me take part in the process and giving me a chance to take all the glory. While we didn’t get each other before, I truly think we learned that we are the same this year.
You gave me the will to say F*ck it this year. You do you like nobody has ever before. Seeing you in your element and getting a chance to just be real with you was an amazing experience. Your natural state of being, your natural element gave me the will to just be okay with being me and accepting all of the quirks that make up Jayne. Thank you for introducing me to the world you live in and the life changers below.
Dear Jen Aprea (not Apea),
Thank you for entertaining me endlessly. Thank you for introducing me to the world of Periscope. While it was Jaime who introduced you to me, it was you who introduced me to a whole new world. Your kindness is genuine, your adventures are amazing, and your strength amazes me. If I could hold myself together a sliver of the way you do in the midst of stress, I would consider myself winning. Your honesty and welcoming made me feel ready to jump in and try something new this year.
Dear Laura W,
Thank you for introducing me to Des. Just kidding! Thank you for taking a chance on me and giving me the courage to share my skills and just be me. You made me leap, and with it I received an awesome day of adventure, along with a new faith in myself.
Thank you for just being real. You were exactly what I needed this year to clear the clout and welcome a ‘whole new world….’!
Dear Kim Rosas,
Thank you for welcoming me into your world. You introduced me to something new, you blew my mind and you gave me a chance to see giving in a whole new light. You truly sparked a passion and gave me a reason to give again. You taught me selflessness and gratitude. You welcomed me, a complete stranger into your life, and you changed and significantly impacted mine. Thank you for inspiring purpose, for helping a girl find what her heart has wanted to give all along.
Thank you for bringing Jayne to the surface! Without you, Jayne probably wouldn’t be where she is now. You’ve become part of my Ohana and I thank you for the moments, the pushes and the reminder that Jayne is cool. Without you, Jayne would still be happy living under a rock. Thank you for showing me the light of life.
Thank you for helping me through the weeds of social media and giving my voice a platform. Thanks for taking crazy and putting it with pictures and into an article. It feels like we have been friends for a lifetime, and your kindness and honesty, I don’t know how I will repay. You are truly a friend to help me grow, and I love every moment of fun we seem to have together. You make me laugh, you give me guidance, you are real, and I love every moment of it. Thank you for taking Jayne’s Project, and turning it into The Jayne Project.
Thank you for challenging me this year. Without you, I would not be here.
Thank you to every person who crossed my path this year, your presence both good and bad molded me into being exactly who I am, with a splash of learning to love me.