Faced with such darkness and an uncertain future, I feel like it's an appropriate time to share some really great, happy news with you: On November 1st I got engaged! My fiancé and I have been together for over seven years, and taking this step forward is a deliberate choice to build a life together. This has been such a boundless source of joy for me and fills me with optimism for the future, despite the bleak picture painted by the larger world stage. It has been a most welcome and powerful reminder that so many of life's greatest joys are in the small things - your family, your friends, your pets, your community, and the partner you choose to go through life's journey with, among many others. As motivational speaker Michael Hoffman recently told us at our annual Ensemble conference, "Your tribe is everything." I couldn't agree more.