The year passed and the year to come.

What a year it’s been. A year that often felt like hate was getting the upper hand. Terrifying, frustrating, heartbreaking and more. But amongst this hatred and fear, it was also a year that proved the resilience, strength and necessity of love.

At the beginning of 2017, I must admit, I felt pretty bleak. I’m not going to go over all of the hard things that took place during the year – we all know what they were – but I am going to remind you that for each and every one of those things, love was there in some form. Millions of people around the world refused to sit back and let hate take over, taking action to fight for love at every opportunity. There were the people who became champions for the environment, making changes to the way they live to protect our planet and ensure a healthy and safe future for younger generations. The ever-present helpers doing anything they could to help their fellow humans through the many natural disasters and other tragedies that took place around the world. There were neighbours that looked out for neighbours, and the random stranger helping another to carry their shopping, or just giving another person encouraging words or a smile. Each one of these actions was fueled by love and each one of these actions made a difference, whether on a global, national, local or personal level. They all matter and you all matter. We all have the power to make a difference, and we are!

For me, 2018 feels like a year of hope, a year where love is going to continue fighting hate and where, I truly believe, love is once again going to get the upper hand. We can all help this happen by continuing to refuse to be silent in the face of hatred, ignorance and fear, by continuing to care for our fellow humans and by continuing to care for our earth.

Happy New Year!

Let’s make 2018 a year of hope and Love!

#NewYearMoreLove #Loveeachother #Loveourplanet #JustLove