Being Me…

and discovering that that is quite the roller coaster ride. Wanna come along?

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2019 in Review


  • Sophie’s health and hospital stays
  • Job stress
  • My breast cancer

Big events

  • Hospital stays
  • Loss of Rhonda, my dear friend, suddenly
  • My son started high school – and now is taller than me

Good things about 2019

  • Ladies’ Weekends
  • Trips to the library
  • End of chemo!

All in all, it was a rough year. There was more negative than positive in it. I’m not sorry to see it go. I do see areas that I can improve in my life in 2020 so I guess that’s a good thing.

I need to take better care of myself. More exercise,. more sleep, more getting out – and less stress.

I need to manage my health issues and those of my daughter better; all those doctor’s appointments don’t arrange themselves or provide their own reminders in a timely fashion.

I need to figure out what makes me happy and put more of it in my life. I’ve been too focused on the negative and the hard stuff and I’ve lost sight of goals and of my overall well being.

I can do this. Here’s to a healthier, happier 2020 and beyond.

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48 and counting

Ok, technically, I am at the moment 47 and counting, but tomorrow is my birthday.  I don’t feel bad about turning 48, just puzzled – how did I get here?  Seems like just yesterday (some days anyway) that I was 18 and heading off to college.  Sigh.  Still, better to turn 48 than NOT.

Overall I don’t really think about my age.  It is just a number and I feel fine, so what’s the point in worrying about a number?  However, I am now seeing fellow high school classmates as grandparents – THAT makes me feel old some days.  I look at the grey and my hair and wonder how that happened.  LOL, then I remember I have two young children …

I hope that 48 is a good year for me.  I’m going to do my best to make it one of my best years yet!



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2016 – A Year of Growth

Or “abundance”?  Or “self-care”?  I’ve been working on goals for myself and I came across the suggestion last year of having a theme.  I found that it did help me focus my goals a bit and help me focus ON my goals better over the course of the year.  So…what should my theme be for 2016?  I don’t know.  My mind is going blank.  Last year, I immediately knew what I wanted as a focus.  This year is less clear.  Maybe “abundance,” as I am expecting to buy a new car shortly (the old one died 12/24/15…sigh), and I know that I will be receiving money from one of my late father’s insurance policies.  Maybe “self-care” because I know areas that I need to improve on are eating better and exercise.  What to do, what to do…

Growth to me means focusing on personal growth and development.  That too is something I want to work on.  I know I don’t have to have a theme, but I think it helps overall.

This is really rather silly over all.  I am going to take a look at my goals and what I would like to accomplish over the next year, three years, and five years and see if anything jumps out at me.

I’m really looking forward to 2016.  Here’s to a healthy, happy new year for all of us!

(The azaleas below are in honor of my father who loved them, and who passed away August 1, 2015.  I love you, Daddy…)

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