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Another year is coming to a close and what a year it has been. January of 2021 brought about something that few of us imagined outside of the movies, our capitol was attacked, but not by a foreign country, but by its own citizens. Lives were lost and the era of the Trump Presidency ended not with peace, but with armed Americans storming the capital.

President Biden’s inauguration was a stark reminder that we were still very much in a pandemic, masks were worn, the ceremony was held out of doors and the traditional parties were cancelled. We heard the beautiful voices of Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez and the Poet Amanda Gorman took our very breath away. We also saw our very first woman Vice President take her oath of office. 2021 started off with blood and then seemed to rise from the ashes and soar.

You know how I always dread the whole year? Well, this time I’m only going to dread one day at a time. -Charlie Brown

In 12 months we have seen a lot, we have gotten our COVID vaccines and from personal experience, got a little emotional from the experience. Later our teenagers were eligible for vaccines and later on our younger children. We have also seen tragedies, mass shootings and death, but 2021 has shown justice as well, as several police officers were held accountable for tragic murders they committed.

We as a country took a collective breath this Summer because we thought finally COVID-19 was under control, that we could gather safely outside, that with time things would get better, not worse. But then the virus mutated like something out of a horror movie. Delta, Lambda, Omicron (which are all Greek letters for those who are not from Greece, studied the New Testament or pledged a Sorority or Fraternity) marched one by one into our lives.

In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours. -Beyoncé

So, yes, we are going into 2022 still in a Pandemic and for those keeping track this is year 2 plus of a global pandemic. So our goals are a little different this year than in years past, so if you are one to make goals or wish to follow ours, here is our list:

Get Vaccinated: If you can get vaccinated, please do. Yes, there is a lot of conflicting information out there, but ultimately most of us don’t even know what the ingredients are in the junk food we crave and we have no problem buying and eating it all! Also, if you have ever drank, smoked, or done drugs, all of which come with a warning and in some cases, a Surgeon General Warning, it may be time to reevaluate why you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet.

If you were vaccinated 6 months or more ago, you get the privilege of being eligible for a booster, do it, it raises your immunity against COVID-19 and let’s be honest, you all went and saw people during the holiday and probably didn’t wear a mask. So man and woman up and get the booster.

If you are already vaccinated, thank you for stepping up. If you’re not, please, when it’s your turn, make the time roll up your sleeves and get your shot. We can do this, we must do this. It is our responsibility as Global Citizens.
-Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States

Learn to say “no”: It is really hard for a lot of us to say “no” to the people in our lives or to the people who pay our salary. But if the last two years have taught us anything it is this, life is really short. So next time you are asked to do something you don’t want to do, instead of doing it and being miserable, pull upon your inner God or Goddess and politely say, “no.”

One friend told me her one big takeaway from three years and $11,000 of therapy was Learn to say no. And when you do, don't complain and don't explain. Every excuse you make is like an invitation to ask you again in a different way. -Kelly Corrigan

Be Brave: So much of life is missed because we have been scared to take chances. We waste so much time being scared, so we stay in bad or dead relationships, remain in the closet, refuse to go after jobs or positions because we don’t think we are worthy of them, and refuse to take chances because we don’t know the outcome. So in 2022, let’s endeavor to be braver. We are warriors! Start out small, take a tiny leap of faith and see where you land, it might surprise you.

The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all. -Josiyah Martin

To all of our members, wherever you may be as the clock strikes 12, be it in fancy clothes with champagne or in pajamas and in bed, we wish you a very happy and supportive New Year!

Team SG

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