The Wishing Shrine, Tucson, Arizona Credit: Jennifer Matthewson [MATTHEWSON.COM]

There is something magical to the end of a year. It’s as if we’re given the opportunity for a do-over, to do away with another twelve months that may or may not have served its purpose. January arrives, and we are ignited with hope and faith, a chance to start again. Years seem to run either good or bad, and 2014 had unfortunately, save for the last few weeks, been one of the more stagnant of celestial rotations in my path.

I was ready when 2015 began. There were, finally, new opportunities abound. A ‘detox in the desert’ media trip to Arizona fit perfectly into my new year plan; a gift of time, connection, and introspection. An opportunity to explore an area of the country I had yet to see. An opportunity to explore areas of my mind and heart during the time of year when reflection and renewal is at the forefront of most people’s minds. The destination just as important as the journey.

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Published on Daily Blender, January 2015

*Images: Jennifer Matthewson / Daily Blender