Dear 2016, it’s been real. As ‘Cranes in the Sky’ escapes my laptop speakers, the irony hits me over the head. Though there have been moments last year where I felt as though there was a dark cloud hanging over me, the year 2016 has also been one of immense self-reflection, self-acceptance, and growth - I can’t help but be grateful. When 2016 started, I had no idea where it would take me. I saw the valley a few times this year, but I saw the summit more. The good far outweighs the bad — I released a solo album for the first time in 4 years (that I’m really proud of), I started a podcast with Q-Eazy, I celebrated my 23rd birthday, I had the best vacation ever with my best friends (Sissy, A-Eazy, & EarlEazzy) — just to name a few highlights. Next year, I hope to continue working towards spiritual, mental, and emotional wealth. I hope to focus more on how I’m enriched by my experiences spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, rather than financially. I want to work on not taking things so personally - I see my creative endeavors as an extension of me, and when people misunderstand me, it’s easy for me to feel slighted. Finally, I’ve read that ‘one can either be cautious or creative, never both simultaneously.’ That said, I hope to be more courageous/frequent with my writing (hence this post). Thank you, 2016. If you’re reading this, I wish you a prosperous, happy, and healthy 2017.