THE YEAR I SAID "YES" TO AUTHENTICITY Dec 21, 2015

Being on the brink of the New Year makes me especially thoughtful about what 2015 meant to me: A watershed time in every way, 2015 will go down in my life as The Year I Said, “Yes!” to being my most authentic self, loud and proud.

I embraced my gayness, finally coming out to the bigger world and daring it to judge me. And guess what? Instead of rejection, I found openhearted acceptance. I publically challenged some with whom I disagreed. I’ve relinquished control of my very first company, and dived into a brand-new tech startup. I took on some volunteer roles that challenged me. I pushed myself to places I’d never been before. A big piece of the mountain still looms ahead of me, but I am grateful for every step along the way. I even got my first tattoo – a symbol of the legacy I want to leave (that one will remain a secret for a while longer!).

And yes, there have been stumbles and disappointments that were part of 2015, too, and must be acknowledged. But do you know that song by Gloria Gaynor – I Am What I Am? That’s my anthem, and I’m going to stand on the crest of Haleakalā Volcano in Maui and sing it at the top of my lungs. Trust me, it won’t be pretty – I’m tone deaf – but I don’t care, because I am what I am, and I am at peace with that. That’s the message that resonated for me in 2015; this is my life and as long as I live it real, I’m at peace. A big piece of my big peace has been my study of Tibetan Buddhism. It’s helped me so much in getting to this place; the dharma wisdom I’m learning makes me daily more mindful.

I don’t have much more to say other than “thank you” to you who read my posts, who comment, who like them or hate them; you’re awesome and I can’t tell you how much interacting with you has made 2015 a bigger, richer experience. I’m honored to be part of your conversation.

As I’ve shared before, I don’t believe in resolutions, per se – but I believe passionately in choosing One Thing – one promise you make yourself, for yourself. Before Dec 31st, make sure you have your 2016 “one thing” visualized and written down. This past year, my One Thing was to be the fittest I have ever been in my life; to get dogmatic about my self-care. And I think I’m there! It took me almost 6 months to do it, and I had to give up alcohol for 4 months to kick-start the program - but I’m going into 2016 feeling fit and ready to rock it.

What’s your One Thing going to be for 2016? I’d love to hear about it!

My wish for you all is a happy healthy year full of peace, prosperity, love and laughter. And remember …

“The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke