Goodbye 2017

I’m sitting here listening to the the Hamilton soundtrack mere steps from where Alexander Hamilton lived and work as a young man. This soundtrack has become one of my all-time favorites. Lin Manuel-Miranda truly created a modern day masterpiece. I sit here listening to the track That Would Be Enough, the lyrics sung by Phillipa Soo who Hamilton’s wife Eliza echo softly in the background as I sit at my desk typing away and quietly pt the past year in perspective.


She sings:


Look at where you are

Look at where you started

          The fact that you’re alive is a miracle

Stay alive, that would be enough.


The past year has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, limited highs and unbelievable lows. 105 days ago a fiery Category 5 hurricane named Maria came through and shook the shit out of us right on the heels of her volatile and destructive sister Irma. But we survived them both and are still trying to rebuild and recover. Everything has changed and nothing looks or even feels the same, we are still standing and by the grace of God we are still free. We are alive and can reflect on where we are. Who we were and where we started. This has been a major period of self-evaluation for me and propels us all to make the changes and choices necessary to take us to where we need to be in the new year and beyond.


This time last December I was stressed and feeling hopeless about my career situation, working in a place that brought no joy and no outlet for creativity. Today, I’m writing to you from my office at my new job overlooking the Christiansted harbor. What a difference a year makes.


I hope this new year brings you all the health, happiness and success you deserve. I hope you receive an abundance of love and prosperity. 2017 has been a year of lessons, but I know 2018 will be the year of blessings and I can’t wait to see you all on the other side.


In the comments below let me know how 2017 has treated you and what you’re excited for in the 1-8.



  1. January 15, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Happy New Year! Cheers to new beginnings! Started a new job as well. 🙂

    • A.Hiroko
      January 17, 2018 / 10:04 am

      Congrats! Very happy for you, let’s try and catch up soon!

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