For many 2016 was a tough year. For some including me it was a time to let go of some situations and people who were not conducive to personal or professional growth. We’re here now -2017 has arrived. The New Year brings us promise and hope for positive change. As I move in a new direction with a new year in bloom, despite challenges, there is a is a lot to be grateful for and I am happy that I am present. I learned to enjoy life without the need for prestige. I have a wonderful group of friends I enjoy. I live in a wonderful neighborhood, Brookland, DC. It has taken me years to get to a place where I choose peace and I am still not an expert. It helps that Koko is one of my “life coaches.” Though she likes attention, for Koko it’s often a matter of finding the right box for a nap.