I have never been one to bring in the New Year usually I am asleep by ten and annoyed when the fireworks wake me up. Happy to get the last one done and over with. I was all geared up for that same mentality this year. then I realized something.

I am different. I am not the same man that I was in 2015. I have been under intense amounts of pressure. At first I didn’t think about that as a positive, but, I realized that some of the most valuable things on earth are made under pressure. Rubies, diamonds, babies, and me.

Intense pressure isn’t bad. It forms mountains and erupts into massive volcanoes, which formed Hawaii and nearly every other beautiful island we traverse to.

So this year, I am not going to stay up “so I can watch this year finally pass…” No, I am going to stay up and thank God for the changes He has revealed in me. The friends that I have, the family that has been relentless in their love. The opportunities that we have, the network of support that you have. Yeah, I am going to be thankful for all that. If you doubt at all that you have a support system, you clearly haven’t written me. 

Sometimes the things we want aren’t the things we need. What we need is to be empowered, what we need is to know that we are capable, what we need is to know that we are self-sufficient. What we sometimes want is to be dependent, to be needed, to be whiny. I do it all the time. Friends, true friends, take the time to find out what you need and give you that. In my opinion what I need most, is to know that I am able to do anything.

That is what I am bringing to this New Year. The transformation that has taken place in my life I am going to explore and get to know and use my newly acquired skills. Like new toys I cannot wait to find out what they can do! But it means nothing if there is no one to help me. 

So let me extend a virtual hand to everyone who is feeling down, excited for this year to end…let’s become beautiful together.

With Love, Happy New Year

Jeff Utnage