What a year? Huh? Can you believe what this year has brought us??? We’ve blogged about it. We’ve bi***ed about it. We’ve managed, adapted, pivoted, rolled with it as best we can. But what I can’t grasp is how did we even get here???

I know that saying what you put out there, you will attract. I have to ask…who put Covid out there? Were there a ton of people just complaining about work, their kid’s teachers not doing enough to teach them manners? How many of us didn’t count our blessings and just kept saying “I just wish things were different”? 

(Me slowly raising my hand while looking around to see who’s with me…the old way sucked. Sorry not sorry. We were a messed up world and this abrupt halt may be a train wreck, but I was really over that old ratchet train. I think most of us were.) 

One thing’s for sure, the world is very different now. As this shift started to happen, it appeared to be a disaster.  And it still is. I know that. But what if I told you there’s still so much good that’s come out of 2020 despite all the obvious bad stuff? 

I’m obnoxious, aren’t I? I’m over here being super optimistic and positive like I wasn’t balling my eyes out for the first 6 months of 2020 in my bathroom saying “whyyyyyy?” like everyone else. Well, annoyed or not, I want to share with you some positivity as we go into the week of Xmas. I think we deserve it. 

Now, as vaccines roll out, schools start back, jobs open up in 2021…I encourage you to be humble and kind. Just like the Tim McGraw song. Keep your thoughts on the good you want to put back into your life. Keep your heart and mind open to productive changes YOU can make in your family’s routines, circles, and patterns. Try to see the silver lining as you shift. Why? Because if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that what we put out there is what we attract. 

In January, I was ready for divorce but scared to start the process. By July, in the dead middle of Covid, I had to face my fears and shift. My ex and I had fought the good fight, but it was time. We knew it. So we did what shocked many close to us. Fast forward 6 months to today, and I see just how much good has come from the positive mindset we had during these hard transitions. How did I keep a good attitude during these hard changes? I saw this meme and just decided to live by it. 

The universe was watching…and in turn, just as the meme promised, my world just outside my quarantined reach, started to align perfectly. This blog is a thank you to all those new faces and old too, that showed up when I needed them most. 

To my old friends…

You guys are amazing. Whether it’s a year or two weeks since chatting, you show up and love me, help me, encourage me to stay true to myself. I love my tribe. Your vibes are rooted in goodness. Your worlds are turning in a profoundly impactful way, and even when things are hard…you are perfect examples of what it means to be spontaneous yet purpose driven. I’m honored to be your buddy. Keep it up, you badasses, you. Here if you need me. Always. You know this. 

To my new friends…

Neighbors, when I moved, I was so worried I’d be alone, divorcing, and just sad. I didn’t want the Quarantine Blues. Alone or not, I was gonna laugh, love, and dance while stuck in my bubble. That’s what I told myself as I packed. From Day One of my move, you opened up your small yet mighty Covid-free circle to fit one more chair around the table at Sunday dinners. We pumpkin carve, watch each other’s pets, take drives to appointments we can’t go to alone because we are shaking too bad, but most of all…you just loved me, a stranger, like we’d been forever connected. I needed you guys. Badly. And the universe sent me straight to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my strength when I wasn’t sure how to walk at all. I’m running now. I’d never be here without your support. 

To my new love…

In October, I took a leap of faith to date again even in the midst of Covid. To say I was rusty is an understatement, but the universe was tugging at my heart to put myself out there. In record time, I crossed paths with a love I thought only existed in fairytales. We’ve been inseparable since that first date, masks and all. No matter the warnings from friends/family, we let our hearts talk and shut out the chatter. We stayed up late baring our truths, our history, our dreams, and our biggest disappointments. I never imagined I’d meet someone who is truly the man of my dreams, but here you are. Thank you for the hiking tip. One day, I’ll make it before sunset to try it out. We met when the universe knew we were both ready. I got you. You got me. Let’s do this. 

So, Daily Feelers, now that I am boo-hooing happy tears, I’ll leave you with this wish for 2021. May you be brave enough to look at what is holding you back. Accept your part in why it’s not working. May you embrace the challenges you face with hope. Know there is always another option. You just gotta think outside the box to find it….and may the universe forever be in your favor. 

Life feels like The Hunger Games right now, but I promise if you remember that it’s only sending back to you what you are putting out there, you stand a chance at getting some true wins in spite of all the obvious losses. 

Happy Holidays, everyone. 

JB Boutelle has worked in “The Biz” for almost a decade, yet she’s somehow managed to keep her feet firmly on the ground. Her altruistic spirit aims to evoke your Inner Phoenix and encourage readers to take the difficult leaps in life, so you can continue to grow.

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