Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Dad 001“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
—Walt Disney

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This year taught me a lot about myself. I learned to trust my decisions, step back from things that consumed me negatively, embrace true friends who have supported, loved, and comforted me…and I have allowed myself  to grieve my father’s passing…

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has faced adversity and obstacles these past few years, but I can only say one thing, all those elements that tore at my self-confidence and spirit…did not break me.

My outlook has changed, my goals have transformed, and I’ve begun to value those things I’ve inadvertently taken for granted. I’ve tried to carve out more time for myself and I’ve cut back on a lot of my workload in order to heal. I know it will take a bit longer but everyday I’m in a better mental space. I’m learning to embrace my flaws and work at making myself an even better person.

There are certainly days that are more trying than others, yet I’ve made it a mission to make 2014 the beginning of something beautiful. There’s so much I want to do, places to visit, things to accomplish and I’m going to put all my passion and focus into these desires. Life is too short to simply dream, it should be about taking risks and making them happen.

Although my father passed a little over six months ago…today, Christmas Eve..my family and I will still celebrate and honor him on his birthday. I hope I’ve made him proud…and I hope that he’ll continue to look down from the heavens and see me accomplish all those goals I’ve set out to conquer…

I love you, daddy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!