You have not been the easiest year to live through, but I wanted to thank you for that. Without the many bruises I gained this year I wouldn’t be as strong as I am now. You see, I worked two internships along with a part-time job over the summer meeting my deadlines and making clients happy. I survived and now I’m stronger. I went to school full time (6 courses) while also working four jobs at once (part-time sales, event coordination, Renaissance festival, and my personal PR clients) in the fall. I survived and now I’m stronger. I stood up against those who wished I would fail. I survived and now I’m stronger. I experienced the loss of a mentor and friend. I survived and with the wisdom and memories he gave me, I am stronger. You threw everything you could at me, to see if I would stay down and wave the white flag…but I kept getting up. I survived and now I’m stronger.
Even though you tried to bring me down, so many wonderful things still happened! I performed for the first time in seven years making an audience smile and laugh. I made new friends. I made a difference in others lives by paying it forward. I gained new skills. I learned new forms of communication and had several chances to try them out. I met people of many cultures. I shared stories of inspiring people to inspire others. Most importantly, I learned more about myself and what I can handle and the answer is anything.
I am ready for whatever 2015 brings and that is because of you. I will carry what I learned and blow 2015 away.
So once again…thank you 2014.
Kelly Ann Earls
Happy New Years Eve dreamers! I hope you all have a wonderful send off to 2014 and have become stronger as well. See you in 2015!