Happy New Year My Loves, let me first Thank You with every fiber of my being for the amazing support you gave me all through out 2012, it was more than I could have asked for.
You know what’s funny how we allow ourselves to get caught up in the negative shit and not realize or be thankful for all the good things that happen to us, and I’m using myself as an example. I have this stupid theory that I came up with a couple of years ago, it goes like this: If I have a very good year this year, then next year I am having a horrible year, and if I have a horrible year this year, next year I am having the best year ever. I have been using that little system for quite some time now, and to be quite honest it hasn’t been wrong yet. So in 2011 I had the best year ever, and I remember writing my new years resolution around December and I kept saying, “I know 2012 is going to be a bad year” and I have been saying that 2012 was the worst year of my existence, boo hoo woe is me I had an awful year. I’ll show you how being ungrateful can lend you to more bad days.
At the end of the year I gather my numbers and just put everything together and see what I have done all year, you know an analysis of Lauren. At the end of it I couldn’t believe what I was saying according to my numbers, 2012 was a great year for “Lauren O Lauren” the brand especially and what am I using to say I had a bad year? A few broken relationships, I can’t believe I was being so petty and ungrateful. I apologized to myself, the universe and God.
My blog views went up by 82% do you realize how awesome that is? I finally have my own website up and running, I have been dying to do a professional website but just haven’t had the time. Well lets face it I had lots of time just no drive, I made it to prime time TV finally local television, my brand was now bigger than cable television, my viewership moved from Jamaica being the number 1 consumer of ME, to United States being 1, Poland being 2, and the UK being 3, Jamaica was 4th. You might not understand why that’s a big deal but it just means that my brand is growing and reaching the world, slowly but we’re getting there.
I have done a lot more traveling this year, I went to Hawaii, Guam and Tokyo for the 1st time in my life, that was beyond awesome and I ticked some other unnecessary things off my list that I felt I had to have in my closet. I’m not bragging but if you were around me you would hear me consistently complain about what a horrible year I was having. I was having the time of my life but I was so busy complaining about a few dumb shit that I allowed the whole year to pass and not realize how good I had it. I don’t owe any money all my bills were paid, I’m healthy, my mom is still alive, I have lost none of my siblings and I’m doing what I love everyday.
Can somebody tell me what the fuck I was complaining about all year?
What I’m trying to tell you all is focus, really focus on the good, there will be bad times that’s unavoidable. The secret is learning to take the good with the bad, sounds cliché I know but there aint nothing cliché about the truth.
Remember its like Henry David Thoreau once said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”