I’ve been feeling like a current is pulling me under, but I now know I’m in the shallow end of the pool. Maybe we can attribute my recent moods to seasonal affective disorder? Either way, I’ve been feeling SAD. Get it? Because SAD is the acronym for seasonal affective disorder? No? Alright.

Last month I didn’t post an editor’s note. I didn’t post because looking through my rough drafts didn’t make me feel better or even make me laugh at my personal human experience. My rough drafts were paragraphs and paragraphs of me being mean to myself. I was being cruel and it wasn’t something I would want on the internet forever. For once in my life, I’m really glad I skipped a deadline.

This month, I refuse to shit on myself and my shortcomings. I’ve done what I needed to do to create a happy space for myself. I plan to continue this into the new year because this should be a year of loving myself. I think it will clear my complexion AND my mind, a win-win situation.

This time last year I was a shell of a human being. I was entirely broken as a result of stress, frustration and disappointment in myself. This year I’m waking up in a good mood with two cats snuggling beside me and let me tell you, it’s great. No, I’m not practicing yoga like I should. I’m not eating as healthy as I should either. Yeah, sometimes I go to bed and forget to take off my makeup. I’m not a perfect person, but I’m measuring my worth better.

I have grown so much this past year even if, at times, that’s unrecognizable to me. I’ll keep making mistakes, but thinking back on where I was this time last year, I’m really proud of who I am right at this moment. That’s a really emotional yet exciting thing. I never thought I could get here.

So let’s end the year on a really high note. Here are some things you should do this December:

1. Invest in some really f*cking fun earrings! You’ll literally smile from ear lobe to ear lobe when you have sparkling balls of confetti hanging from said lobes.

2. Start watching a “feel good” show that you haven’t seen before.

3. Adopt a furry friend who needs a warm, loving home this winter. It’ll make your grinch heart 10 times bigger.

4. Make an effort to see your friends. Friendship is not one sided, don’t make your friends feel that it is.

5. Keep in mind that the holidays can be really hard for some people. If you can, open your heart and home to those who may need more help or more hugs this season.

6. Give your imposter syndrome the finger!

Welcome to the month where you vow to feel better before a year of feeling great. The glass is half full, the whole freaking world smells like roses and there’s a puppy for you to hug at every corner.

Have a wonderful December, GrrlPunchers! Enjoy the articles and artwork we’ll be throwing your way and you’ll hear from me in the new year!

Much Love Always,

Lucy