2004 was the best year of my life. It's tough to say, because of just how very much my life was upside down. Moving to New York City from Los Angeles a year ago turned my life on its ear. I came here with no job, only a couple of tertiary friends, and love.
The love has been amazing. Dan is the best thing that ever happened to me. He renewed my faith in human emotion and showed me that, yes, I really do want to settle down with one man for the rest of my life.
My first year in New York was challenging - and that added to making it an amazing year. My personal fortitude and beliefs were challenged - and through the challenges I came through a stronger, more confident man.
I never make New Year's resolutions. They just seem to be made to be broken. Instead, I try to look at the year ahead and decide what I want to do. And in 2005, I will be a more positive person. The worst thing that happened in the last year in New York is that my spirit was broken a bit. I fell into the negative, unaffirming attitude of parts of the city and left my upbeat self in Los Angeles. This year, I will make more people smile and feel good about themselves - including myself.
On these pages, I hope you will find a piece of yourself - and feel better about yourself. Because, yes, you're fine just the way you are.
So here's to 2005 - the new best year of my life.