We've started every new year for the last five years in the same way. It's not so much the music that keeps us coming back to SnowGlobe; it's the company. Every year we gather in the cabin on the lake and catch up. We listen, we discuss, we advise. No matter if we've just been off in another country or absorbed with a new job, we pick up right where we left off. 

This week we got our disposable camera photos back from the festival. Drug stores no longer process disposable cameras so we had to send it away and wait a week or two. Getting to see the photos long after we returned from our travels made them that much more special. I sat in my office laughing out loud as I looked through them. Most of them didn't turn out because of some "light fog" issue, but the ones that did were pure gold. 

I'm so lucky to have these people in my life. It's tough being away from friends and family. It's tough living in Red Lake in general. To be honest, 2015 wasn't the best year. It was characterized by a lot of struggle—struggling to adjust to small town life, struggling to find satisfaction, struggling to maintain a healthy balance. But after our time back on the West Coast, I felt revitalized. I was back with the people who bring out the best in me, and they reminded me that, to paraphrase a wise author, there are far better things ahead than anything we left behind.

This life in Red Lake isn't forever, and there are a lot of good things that have come out of our time here. So until the day that we say goodbye to this...let's go with..."quirky" town, my resolution is to try to look on the bright side. It's not always easy, but it is undeniably an important skill to learn. 

So here's to a new year, a fresh start, and a renewed sense of optimism.