A year end thank you…

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I can’t focus on my New Year goals without taking a minute to see what I accomplished this past year… and as I look back, I realize it wasn’t “me” that achieved so much, it was “we”…

To my family and friends that I was able to reconnect with… Thank you for spending time with me and reminding me of how easy it is to pick up where we left off… and we don’t need special or fancy places to share time together.  An old beach chair,  a comfy rug, a soccer field sideline…. they are all the fancy we need to recall silly times, talk about current life challenges, and most of all, just know that best friends stay best friends no matter the time or distance, and best friends are one of life’s greatest blessings.

To my kids… Thank you for sticking with your sports, your school work, and your music.  Watching you not only use your gifts and talents but actually become passionate about them is my favorite part of this year.  When you hit those challenging notes, or score the goal that was so hard to get or ace that test that was so difficult, it is magnificent to celebrate with you.  Most of all it is the greatest feeling in the world to have others see the joy you have when you are in the moment of your greatest gifts.

To my team on the curing blindness mission with me….  Thank you for making this job, this incredibly challenging, un-glamorous, time consuming effort the greatest time spent for me this year.  To go from no attention on this project to full attention and full engagement in the research community in such a short amount of time is completely the result of teamwork, a team that includes all of you that are working on the many many aspects of the mission and those that are donating the many many dollars it requires.  With your help we are sprinting this marathon.  Together we can do so much.  Together we will cure CRB1.

To my friends that lost a family member or friend this year…. Thank you for sharing your memories of them.  Thank you for sharing them with me.  I celebrate their memory and their impact on this world with you.

And to myself… I am a stronger person at the end of this year than I was at the beginning.  I am a better mom at the end of this year than I was at the beginning.   I am not exactly a better singer at the end of this year than I was at the beginning, but my rockstar friends cheer no matter the ridiculousness of this 40 something mom’s performance! (Sorry, inside joke for some besties)  I am blessed to have family and friends that “get me” and are right beside me helping me soar to achieve my dreams.

I am blessed and I am grateful. I raise my glass to my family, my friends, and making my dreams come true 🙂

The Eye Believe in Miracles BLOG is written by Kristin Smedley, mom of two sons living with blindness.  The Smedley family co-founded the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation and host the largest CRBF fundraiser, Bike the Basin.  If you would like to Join The Mission to help fund cures for retinal diseases please DONATE here.    Together we can do so much.




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