Today is day 1. I haven’t written in a long time, and certainly not with my old consistency but although I’m not going to make any promises that I will ever return to that rhythm… Today is day 1. New start to a new year, and a far cry from where I was, who I was, this time last year. Happiness has taken me a long time to figure out again. I mean, I was happy with bits and piece of my life, but not really happy with me. I think I’m finally getting there. Yuko has certainly helped. He’s taught me patience, trust, acceptance that things don’t always go as planned. He’s also taught me to let my heart let something in again. When I first decided to take on a puppy, that was a bit I kept to myself. I don’t think I was embarrassed by it, but more I knew how most could react to it. I wanted an animal in my life to teach me I could love again. An animal that would one day also teach me to deal with loss and the need to let go. The second part is the bit that most people are completely terrified of and also the part that had me so wrecked in the first place, but the amount of time I’ve had to really think during the hours upon hours of walks this summer have hopefully put my head in a place where I can come out stronger than before. Don’t get me wrong, saying goodbye to this little miracle I’ve raised will be tough! But this little miracle will go on to change someone else’s life too.