I’m grateful for a wonderful holiday week with family and friends. I’m grateful for a laid back Christmas day and an extraordinary Christmas dinner at my former spouse’s house. I’m grateful for the music in The Greatest Showman and the humor in Jumanji. I’m grateful for spending the day in the city with my daughter and her boyfriend. I’m grateful to celebrate New Year’s Eve with my daughters and my close friends out of state for the 2nd year in a row.


What I am most grateful for is, this past year. Life always has it’s ups and downs, bumps and bruises, but all in all, 2017 has been a terrific year for me. I never would have guessed my life would turn around. Part of that experience has been learning to finally step outside my story, continue working on self-love, stay present in the now, and appreciating life rather than dwelling on my pain. A lot of that has been writing about my struggles, growing through my writing, and my hope that my Fledglings will also rise from the ashes, become reborn, and soar with the eagles. This blog for me was what I needed to help me improve.


When I look back at what I had planned to accomplish over the year, there are still many areas I want to focus on; goals I have yet to achieve. And yet, I know, eventually I’ll get there. Two steps forward and one step back. A year ago I saw that as failure. Today I see it as growth. It’s all a matter of perspective.



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