2018 has been a trying year for me, to say the least. My 6-year relationship, with the person that I thought I was going to marry, ended, I had to move back in with my mother, I was working a job that sucked the life out of me, I was sick all of the time due to stress & MS-related things, in a bunch of credit card debt that I couldn’t seem free myself of, while trying to pay my way through certification programs to finish up school, gained more weight than I’d care to admit and I really let self-care fall by the wayside. I spent the first 6 months of this year wallowing in self-pitty; I was sad all of the time, because I kept focusing on trying to fix other people’s issues instead of focusing on bettering myself.

Today though, is about being THANKFUL and despite all of the “bad,” that I have experienced this year, I am thankful for every second of 2018. I am grateful for every curve ball that it threw at me, for every tear that I’ve shed since January, for all of the support I have recieved from my amazing friends and family, and for any and all things that have brought me to this moment, because today, I am stronger, happier and more driven than I have ever been.

Since that break-up at the start of July, I have begun to rediscover myself. I quit that job, because it did not bring me joy, and I began to simplify my entire lifestyle, based on that exact principle; if it didn’t bring me joy, I LET IT GO.

On November 1st, I started my dream job as a Substance Abuse Clinician. I went back to zumba, because I missed dancing. I lost all of the weight that I had gained. I gained back some confidence (work in progress), I started writing again, my credit card debt is almost entirely paid off and all that stands between me and my Drug and Alcohol Counseling license is a 3-month practicum; everything is falling into place.

2018 has been a whirlwind, but every single day that I wake up now, I am excited to go to work. I am excited to work out and I am excited to use writing as an outlet again; I am just happy to be alive and the graitude that I feel cannot be put into words. Thankful is an understatement.

All of that being said. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Enjoy your day!

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