Hello! Happy new year — 2017, very exciting. I’m here for my first vlog, which is also exciting for me; I haven’t really vlogged here yet, but i just wanted to all let you know something: In 2016, many people were complaining, weren’t happy… but me honestly, my year was great for two reasons: First, I had many wonderful experiences and celebrations with family and friends. I really enjoyed… my heart was just full. It was a great year for me personally. And second, because of YOU! Here on youtube, so many people have joined, subscribed… you’ve signed up, watch my videos, given feedback, commented… really i’m just SO happy. Last month, we had 10,000 people subscribed, which is just incredible. I’m so excited; thank you so much for joining, for coming, for watching. I’m just really happy to be helping you learn ASL. So I THANK you for watching, yes, but not only that — also for your feedback, your comments, your stories. I’m teaching, yes, but you teach me, too. I’m learning so much from you every day. I read ALL of your comments and I learn so much, so thank you. And NOW, looking forward to 2017, I’m really excited. I’m planning more videos to film for you, AND… also, starting *this* month (January 2017), I’ll be making a new newsletter! So, it’s a letter I’ll type up and send to you through email. It’ll be just once a month–that’s it. Once a month, not every day. I won’t be bothering you, I promise 🙂 Just once a month, and it’ll include new signs related to that season or that month, Deaf history, Deaf culture, community, recent events, etc… what’s going on and what people are talking about, we’ll talk about. We’ll also dive into ASL linguistics, grammar… and of course recent ASL videos that I’ve uploaded here to YouTube, as well as Instagram. The first email will be next week — so excited. And if you want to sign up to get these emails, you can you go to ASLMeredith.com and sign up there, OR below this video, there is a description and that includes the link to the signup form as well. That’s it for now! It’s just a quick vlog for you. I hope that your new year is off to a good start, and I really hope that your future is bright! I’m excited to continue learning ASL with you! I’ll see you soon, bye!