Hello friends.  It has been awhile since we have connected.  I am going to be a little personal for a minute if I may.  Life is hard.  Life isn’t always fair.  Life has it’s share of ups and down.  Life doesn’t always work the way we want and doesn’t always follow the plan we have for ourselves.  This reminds me of a quote –

“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this:  Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye, and say, `I will be bigger than you.  You cannot defeat me.'”  Ann Landers 

I realize as I write this, it is so much easier said than done.  In the book “Broken Open”  the author feels very strongly that when we suffer or have a crisis of any kind, it can transform us and help us to see what it is that matters most to us.  This is something I also believe.  I have been battling breast cancer for 623 days (as of today).  It has been an unexpected journey.  I don’t remember thinking as I was in the midst of the hardest of days, that I could let this experience define me or destroy me.  I don’t remember thinking anything.  Just getting through each day.  But on the “easier” days I did think about not letting this trial beat me.  And I will continue to not let it beat me.

I have chosen the word “Transform” as my word to focus on for 2019.  ‘A thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance’.  A different way of looking at things.  Instead of resisting maybe accepting, instead of negative thoughts maybe positive ones, instead of fear maybe leaping and so on.  I look forward to the transformation of 2019.

Life is hard, but life is also beautiful.

“Life is amazing.  And then it’s awful.  And then it’s amazing again.  And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.  Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.  That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.  And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” – L.R.Knott

I wish you a Merry Christmas and the best of a New Year.  Looking forward to the exciting Events planned for 2019.

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