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Your Journey is Well Worth Your Effort

Celebrating the arrival of a whole new year with my fav feathery sidekick!
Celebrating the arrival of a whole new year with my fav feathery sidekick!

Well here we are – once again, it is nearly time for a brand new year to launch!

I always get so excited when a new year arrives.

It feels like encountering a giant blank chalkboard, complete with the most marvelous array of colored chalk.

The chalkboard is all mine – as is the chalk. Whatever I draw on the chalkboard is what will unfold in the year to come.

(By the way, I actually do this at home – I have a big wall-sized chalkboard and lots of colored chalk, and all year long I continue editing and adding new dreams to my chalk board).

I can thank my ongoing recovery journey for this wonderful way of welcoming a new year.

Over the years, as I have witnessed each of my cherished goals unfolding – not in giant leaps but in a series of tiny forward steps – I have learned to invest my energy and effort into continuing the journey itself.

The journey is what has brought me each of the blessings in my life today.

Reaching goals is great – those are some “mountaintop moments” for sure – but the daily journey is where the really good stuff happens.

Those little “aha” moments – the ones I used to totally miss because all I cared about what the big goals – today these are my favorite moments in life.

I have learned that my journey is totally worth my effort – and I truly believe yours is too.

Whether you enter the new year feeling stagnant and stuck, hopeful and empowered, or somewhere along the vast continuum in between, no one day EVER has the final say in our lives.


Your journey is worth your effort. It IS.

Keep journeying – right into a whole new year of possibilities, dreams, and fresh new beginnings.

And know I am so glad to have your company!

Happy (almost) New Year!

Today’s TakeawayLooking back over the last year (and beyond), what have you learned that makes you glad you have chosen to get up again and journey forwards each day?

Your Journey is Well Worth Your Effort

Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Songwriter. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering.

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Cutts, S. (2019). Your Journey is Well Worth Your Effort. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 15, 2020, from


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