Trials and Tribulations

 Thinking back... I replay all the amazing moments that have shaped my life over the past year. A couple of the more important ones are the birth of my sweet baby boy and my wonderful family and friends who always have my back. Then, I write about them. Not this time...  this year will be different.  I've realized there are other reasons I should be thankful. Something that I normally wouldn't be grateful for...

 The year 2011 has been a troublesome one. I haven't meet one person who has not been affected by the economy in some form. My family in particular has been struggling financially (among other things) . There were many times I didn't know how we would make it through the week. I would secretly cry in the middle of the night as the rest of the world slept. The phone would often ring continuously because we were afraid to answer it. Worry and anxiety replaced all other emotions. We lived paycheck to paycheck... day to day. I honed in on my acting skills and made like everything was just great when family and friends would inquire. It was a year plagued with struggles. For this, I am thankful.

 I know it sounds crazy... but you know the phrase "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"

 Due to the hardships we endured, we were forced to make an important (and extremely scary) decision that has essentially changed our lives. If it wasn't for those struggles, we wouldn't be where we are today. We can breathe, we can smile... we can honestly say we are happy. Life threw us a challenge and we totally kicked it's butt! I feel such a sense of accomplishment and for once I feel... well, I feel like I finally know what I'm doing. I learned a very important life lesson this year. Have patience and everything will fall into place. It definitely has and it's only going to get better!

Dana

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