I’m one of those ridiculously optimistic people; the every cloud has a silver lining, so perky you want to smack them (or me) kind of people. Or at least that’s what I’ve always told people. I truly do believe that about myself, but lately I don’t think that’s what is showing through lately. It’s been a rough year; or the latter half of the year anyway. I find myself having to work a lot harder than usual to focus on the positive. (Even as I’m writing this I realize how whiny it sounds and that’s totally not me; I pout I do not whine). I know I have a lot to be thankful for; a great family, good friends, a job I really like, and a zillion other things big and small. I just have to remember to focus on all the wonderful and positive things in my life instead of the things that haven’t gone well in the last few months.