Dear 2016…please be awesome.


Dear 2016,

Please be a year of hope, good health, success and dreams coming to fruition. Looking back on this year, I have to say, 2015 was one of the best and worst years of my life. More than 100 people lost their lives to terrorism in Paris. My beloved cousin Angelo Ruisi went to join his wife Nina in heaven, my paternal grandmother died, major layoffs occurred at my job and throughout the publishing industry, and there were personal troubles in the lives of so many people I love. More than 795 million people in the world continue to go hungry each day. Many terrible things happened this year that were beyond my control. But that’s just it—none of us are in control. It’s truly all up to God and what He has in store for us.

Each year, people are born; people die. New love is found; old love is lost. There is laughter, tears, hearteache and hope. In between all this, is simply life. I pray 2016 brings you more laughter and less tears. I pray this is the year you judge less and listen more. I pray it’s the year you realize what you already have is more than enough. And I pray this is the year, you step out of your comfort zone and realize your true worth. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, let’s make New Year’s revolutions. May you have adventures, may you learn and grow from the mistakes of last year and may this very moment be the greatest one yet. In fact, I hope today is the best day ever. I do believe there’s a revolution waiting to happen in all of us. May the possibility of peace on earth continue to fill our hearts and minds.

Thank you for reading my blog and Happy almost New Year!


Joanie Cox-Henry


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