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Twenty Eight!!

Wow. How much happens in a year. And what a year it has been. 

So many ups and so many downs. 

Thankfully I spent my birthday last year with my family and also this year. 

Last year I was in New York City. This year I am home in Alabama helping Daddy recover from his open heart surgery and I wouldn’t have it any other way!!  

Over the year I got to have many experiences. I made an “A” in my first journalism class!!  I got to perform in TWO different shows on the castle stage at work. Star Wars became a huge part of my life. 

I traveled to three different cities I’ve never been to with work!!  And I love to travel!!  

I went to the Kennedy Center Honors!!!!

Jack Leon graduated college!!

Some fabulous new people have entered my life. I’ve reconnected with others. My best friends moved to Florida and are now only a three hour drive away. All of which has been a HUGE blessing. 

With MANY highs it was also a year of lows. 

My Paw-paw passed away in October and was a sad time for us. 

I said goodbye to my street rat. 

I sent one of my best friends to a new city to pursue her dreams. 

Some dear work friend passed away. 

I still struggle with school and decisions that I need to make about my future. 

Daddy had to have open heart surgery. The best birthday I have received his his successful surgery and continued positive recovery. 

Pulse…

It has been a whirlwind of a year. 

As my birthday draws to a close this evening I can only be thankful. For life. For my faith. For the people in my life. 

God has never ceased to bless me with good people always surrounding me with so much love. I hope that I can give that back again. 

I am thankful for all my experiences and circumstances good and bad because they always make me better and I learn. 

I sometimes will take lyrics from songs I like and change them around to fit my life or situations at the time the song is prevalent in my life. 

Right now it’s from Reba. 

The baby boy with little chance. A victim of circumstance. The one who oughta give up, but I’m just too hard headed. A single man who works too hard. Who loves to live and never stops. With gentle hands and the heart of a fighter. 

I’m a survivor. 

A Time of Healing

It has been almost one month since my life became a time of stress, uncertainty, and hesitation.

This is why I took a little hiatus.  So much was going on and we needed some time to heal.

It is still going on, that’s for sure, but now is a time of healing.

A month ago, my father in Alabama began having lots of breathing issues.  He was full of fluid and basically drowning.  He began going to the doctor and then less than a month later he was going under for open heart surgery.

Also during this time there has been the terror attack on my City Beautiful.  This is not to mention lots of other tragedies in the world and other personal struggles of my own.

Having said all that, it’s definitely a time of healing.  Which I am blessed to have.  I am getting to spend several weeks in Alabama helping my family get through this and to aid in Daddy’s healing process.  He is finally home today after almost a whole week in the hospital.

Though times are tough I am grateful.  Even though hardships are not fun and it seems like they will never end, I always come out on the other side thankful for the experience.  You know why?  Learning.  Every circumstance, good or bad is an opportunity for learning. Also for wisdom.

As part of healing comes fun.  If you have ever read this blog, or watched GIOTV, you know that I love to have a good time.  So it’s time to get back up and start having good times again.

After the Orlando terror attack I paused my uploads of the current season of The Mix.  This was out of respect.  It was also for myself.  To give myself time to soul search, grieve, and reflect on what was happening.  Also to be with my family and help them through this time with Daddy.  It gave me the outlook that I must enjoy the life I have.  I must make the most of what I have and continue to strive for more.  Continue to strive for the goals and dreams that I have.  Will it be as easy as eating a piece of cake?  Absolutely not, but I am going to make it happen!!