Friday, November 28, 2008

I Wanna Thank You

2008 has been a year of change, surprise, madness, happiness, craziness, and resilience. But I made sure I didn't lose myself (or my sanity) in the midst of it all. I found balance. And I couldn't do it alone. I thank the Creator, my family, and friends for being there through it all. I know that if it wasn't for the wonderful support system I've had since the very beginning, I wouldn't be where I am now. Though I may be independent, I know I couldn't do it all alone. I am so thankful, so grateful for my family, my friends, a great relationship, my home, my job, food, clothes and the many others gifts and talents in this life I've been blessed with. I'm so happy to be here to share it with those that I love. I hope to continue sharing, living, loving, and experiencing. And I hope that I can continue to pay forward all of the great things that so many others have done for me. Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving. Be happy and be safe this holiday weekend. Peace, Love, & Many Blessings!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Love & Life

Hello All! It's been quite a bit of time since I last blogged. Life's been keeping me busy - really busy. So much so that I had to take a step back, chill out for a bit, and re-evaluate things. After the world tour from work (we traveled to six different locations in three weeks in July), I fell ill in early August. All the traveling took a toll on me and I spent a brief period in the hospital and on sick leave from work. It was a combination of exhaustion, stress, and anxiety (which sent my blood pressure through the roof). And this is not a good combination of things to be suffering from. It may seem lightweight but when you think about how your overall health can be impacted - it's not cool.

Looking at the amount of leave I'd accrued vs. what I actually used at work, I noticed that I had not taken off much at all. And in lieu my recent health scare, I figured I needed to rectify that. So whenever I feel I need to take a mental health day - I take it, without hesitation. I realize that end of the day - if you don't take care of yourself, who else will? I've been trying to relax more, chill more, party and socialize more (I've been doing a lot of that lately-LOL!). Just trying to enjoy life more really.

Aside from that, I've been spending time with family and helping out when I can. My mother and my grandmother actually took care of me while I was sick. I was so appreciative and grateful for that. I'd do the same (and have done the same) thing for them. It's the least that I can do for the many things they've done for me over the years. I recently helped them move into a new place back in late September. Due to the issues my mother's been having with her left hip/leg and lower back, she's unable to comfortably do a lot of walking and stair climbing. Her doctor told her she needed to move somewhere that didn't have any stairs. Fortunately, she and my grandmother were able to find a one-level house and everything is good. They've settled quite well into it.

I've also fallen in love.... This thang is for real. So SERIOUS!!!! I'm so happy (or I should say happier). All of the b.s., drama, and games I had to deal with in my previous relationships were the perfect set-up for what I have now. Totally work of The Creator. I can't say thank you enough! When you stop looking - good things do come your way. I do believe I've found my match. He's a beautiful man - inside and out. We feel exactly the same way about each other - and it's been that way seemingly from day one. Another reason to keep smiling.... :)

And I got to see Janet here in DC. Oh.... That show was one of the best shows I've ever seen. She brought the house down. They weren't ready-LOL!! I rocked with Janet for 2.5 hours of non-stop unadulterated entertainment. Say what you will about the Jacksons - but they rise like the phoenix. And regardless of what's going on - they always know how to put on an excellent show. Michael and Janet - two of the most influential and dynamic entertainers to ever grace the stage. Just look at all the reigning kings and queens of the industry now - you can't help but notice the influence Michael and Janet have had on them.

Anyway.... Life is good. Love is good. So many things to be thankful for. Even during the darkest moments.... There's always plenty of light shining when you come out on the other side. We often forget how fortunate we are. It usually takes a life changing event before we realize it.... Until next time... I wish you the best. Get out and vote. This thang is SO SERIOUS! DON'T PLAY!