December 31 2009. Another year gone by. Another time around the bend. It's been a year of progress. A year of growth. A year of change. One relationship ended, another one has begun. It was the first time I've had a grown-up job for a full year. I've quit smoking. I've found a church home, one that loves me and has welcomed me with open arms. I've embraced getting older. I don't quite know what 2010 may have to offer, but I know that I welcome it and all it has to bring. The best part of this year I think is that I started to really love myself, to realize my worth. To acknowledge that one has demons is one thing. To face them head on and tell them to piss off is entirely different. In this year, I took my demons, my faults, and looked them square in the eye. Today, the end of one thing, the beginning of another, is just another day in that process, and I welcome the challenge. I end this year and begin the next with full knowledge that I am not weak, I am not invisible, and I am not alone.