Before this week began I knew it would be crazy, but there was a plan, I had a strategy. Unfortunately, that lasted all of one day. Not all is lost. I hope with a few adjustments the rest of the week will be tolerable, but I suddenly have much more fear for what is coming than I did two days ago. All I can ask of myself is to take everything in stride and do the best I can in that moment. It is impossible to stop every rising tide and sweeping stream. Sometimes all we can do is take a deep breath, muster a little courage and dive right in.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


An unexpected chat.

Life is full of unexpected surprises, fortunately not all of them are bad. This morning I got a txt from someone that I have neither seen or talked to in years. It was quite out of the blue, and a lovely surprise. She was on her way through town and stopped by my office for a chat. We stood and talked for quite a while, we had a great time catching up.

The thing I found funny is that I had thought about contact her on and off over the past few years, but never did. Now I regret not taking the opportunity in the past. I hope we will be able to plan another meet up in the future. Someone who will go out of their way to see you after years of no communication them is someone that you want in your life.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

A plan.

I have been reflecting on some of the moments, people and things that carried me through the overwhelming moments. There are so many that I am sure I could never remember them all. I have been beyond blessed by those around me, both near and far. Sometimes I wonder how I was lucky enough to have so many fantastic people in my life.

Whenever things feel impossible, God makes a way. Usually it is unexpected and not necessarily convenient, but in time the struggles, heartache and pain proves its worth by how you come out the other side. There are times that recovery seems like a never ending path that spins you in circles, but there is a plan and you have to have faith in that.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Puzzle pieces.

I am not quite to a point where I can handle unexpected issues with a calm grace, but I think I am slowly getting there. I always know that in the end everything will be fine. My experiences over the last year tells me that one way or another things work out for the best even when we are unable to see the reasons behind the pain or frustration.

2 Corinthians 5:7
Our life is lived by faith. We do not live by what we see in front of us.

Slowly pieces fall into place and we gain confidence in our actions. Eventually we remember the things we love and run toward them. In time we find others that have similar perspectives and count ourselves lucky that we have found them. So far it has been a long year full of many life lessons and so much growth. My hope is the last bit of 2017 holds many adventures and wonderful memories. So far this has been a year I will never forget and it would be nice to end with a few more puzzle pieces in place.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Home again.

Coming home after a long weekend is bitter-sweet. I am so happy to know I will sleep in my own bed tonight, but at the same time I will miss being in a different place and having new adventures. The past few days have really messed with my sleep schedule, I was up far to late every day and managed to sleep most of the way home today. I am sure that Monday morning will be here before I know it, and I am not ready.

My vacation was not what I had anticipated it being when I first took the time off, but that does not mean it was bad. I got to see the school where my sister-in-law works, we did a little bit of shopping and walked up and down who knows how many stairs. While there my brother and sister-in-law moved and I am glad that we were there to help. Fortunately there were movers for the heavy lifting and an elevator to prevent them from so many trips up and down stairs.

Sometimes unexpected things turnout the best in the long run, this is something I am slowly finding out from my own experiences. I will have to plan another trip to see them so I can venture out to attractions close to the school, see their apartment unpacked and put together and maybe see the school full of kids in all its glory.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Stronger and better.

Another weekend over.

The lifeguard class went well. I was a nervous walking into the class Friday because I have known two of the girls who were taking it since they were little. In fact, I baby sat them many years ago. Once I got over the initial nerves it was a lot of fun to teach them. At times it was difficult to remember that they are no longer little girls, and it was wonderful to see what strong, beautiful young women they have grown into.

As an instructor it is encouraging to hear that your students are leaving confident in their skills. Lifeguarding is more than sitting in a chair with a whistle getting a tan. A lot of hard work and time goes into achieving your certification. I hope that none of my students have to use their skills, but I know that they can handle any situation that comes their way.

Teaching has been such a wonderful experience and has been so good for me the past few months. It is important for me to remember that I have many skills and talent that can open unexpected doors in unique ways. True, at the end of a lifeguard class I am extremely exhausted, but I also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. I hope I leave each of my students stronger and better than they started, because I know that is how they leave me.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


If there is one thing I have learned so far this year it is that you can plan until you are blue in the face, that does not mean anything will go how you want it to. This has been a rather difficult lesson for me to learn. I like to figure out how I want things to go and have a hard time when that is not what happens.

For example this week, I had a pretty good plan, it was going to be busy but manageable. The reality turned into the opposite, so much for my great plan. When other people are involved in the outcome it is always best to expect problems, all you can control is yourself. This week I have been proud of how navigated each issue as it came up. I wish I was going into the weekend more well rested, but there is not was not much I could have done about that this week.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.