An open letter to the year that was, and the year that will be. 

Dear 2015.

There’s really no need for us to have this long discussion. We made it to the end together. All of my kids are a year older and that’s what matters most. Along the way we had some really good days, and some tough ones too. I finally learned the lessons I should have learned 3, 5, and 10 years ago. I’m a much better person having gone thru 2015, but it’s time for us to say goodbye. Let’s not drag it out. Peace.

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Dear 2016

“I’m the type to say a prayer, then go get what I just prayed for” – Drake

I’m gonna work like I’ve never worked this year. I prayed on it already, I wrote my vision out and made it clear already, I’ve even ironed my work clothes……now it’s finally time to put the work in. No more excuses. Success is out there for you, It’s time to go get it.

I have too many projects buzzing right now to be focused on anything else. Plus it’s not just about Tee, I have friends that are steps away from greatness and have chosen me to contribute towards them reaching their full potential. I feel honored but I also feel the work that is required. No more cheating it, bottom line is I am going to have to work for it. Being termed “one of the great ones” doesn’t come easy. Everybody doesn’t get to wear the crown.

There are so many things that are in the works right now. There are behind the scenes meetings you haven’t discussed with anyone. There are projects I’ve been asked to be a part of because of my creativity and skillset. Being invited to these brainstorming sessions is huge and will only expand the teeLARGE brand. In order to function on a high level in these meetings you have to keep yourself in the current space you’re in OR improve the space. No backpedaling allowed. No negative energy allowed. You cannot afford a backwards step. You can’t jeopardize what you’ve worked to build.

Be careful who you add to your life in 2016. Don’t let everyone in and more importantly you don’t need to jump into every circle. Keep your friends close, keep your acquaintances in their space too. Everyone isn’t your BFF and since you can’t check every motive, go only with what you know for sure.

Lastly but most importantly be the best father you can be. Help their mothers constantly. Don’t ever let them feel like they are in this alone. Your children are entering ages where they aren’t babies anymore. The topics get real and you have to be mature enough to handle real conversation and situations. The best safeguard is to be in their life in such a way that they have no desire to go down a road you wouldn’t approve. You’re a good dad, that’s not debated, but you know where you can improve. 2016 is the year you do just that.

That’s it. Have a good time tonight. Don’t drink too much, enjoy the football game. ROLL TIDE as always.

When you wake up January 1st just know that you are here for a reason. You have come to realize your purpose. It’s time to walk in it. 2016 is a go.