Today, we ended the year with a peaceful family walk in Gulf State Park. The air smelled of fresh vegetation and ocean breezes. We listened to birds chirping, paused at the still water to observe the sights and sounds, and even saw an alligator emerging from the tall grasses next to the trail (which made my daughter squeal and run away). I smiled as I watched my kids hold hands, I felt grateful for my loving husband, and I appreciated this whole experience. The walk was a simple yet satisfying way to tie up the year. 2016 has been life-changing and wonderful. We started January by buying a fifth wheel, uncertain about our future plans, and are finishing the year living out a dream. Through all of the ups and downs, I feel blessed. I’ve learned that pushing past fear and jumping into the unknown far surpasses holding tight to the illusion of a safe life. Be willing to fail. Take risks. Follow your bliss. Say no to regret and see what unfolds.