Today you celebrate your 33rd birthday and as you thank God for another year and the gift of life, I thank God for YOU.
I know you don’t realize how inspiring you are but I urge you to pause for a second and appreciate all you have done, all you have become and all you have achieved.
I encourage you to look at your life through the eyes of your little sister who has had the privilege of watching you overcome every hurdle you have ever faced and then stand stronger for it.
See through my eyes the admiration for a woman who has known the pain of various illnesses and has smiled (and sometimes cried) through the pain but never gave up.
It is inspiring to watch you grow and blossom into an amazing Mother… to add to the compassionate daughter, sister, aunt and friend that you already were.
I am excited to see what God has in store for you over the next few years knowing that it will be nothing short of Awesome!
So Step into your 34th year of existence with pride and purpose knowing that you can achieve all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Earlier this year I took what I consider my very first vacation. Having been a part of the “working world” for the past 5 years I have at times taken time off from work for a week or so at a time but it was not until this year that I finally understood what a vacation really meant.
Usually I take a week, stay home, clean the house, wash my hair and so forth… but this time had to be different. This time I had to make a memory and get to ticking items off the bucket list.
I took the first week of May off so I could celebrate the birthday while on Vacay and it was AMAZING! Partly because of what I did but more because of who I did it with.
Devaro and I stayed at Kaz Kreole Beach Lodge. This is a nice hotel that is not very expensive and I would definitely stay there again. They also have an awesome beach by the way!!
And for the memory making, bucket list checking activities we went to Cranbrook Rainforest Gardens and to Mystic Mountains for some quality time and adventure wrapped up into one :). I particularly enjoyed the bobsled (because he drove) and despite all the screaming while zip lining I will be doing it all again.
After the first vacation turned out to be such a success I was fortunate enough to get another week off in November and vacay it was again! This one was even more exciting than the last as I got to tick a few more things off the bucket list.
We stayed at the newly “upgraded” Deja Resort in Montego Bay and then at Royal Decameron Club Caribbean in Runaway Bay. Both were great for a girl on a budget but I prefer Decameron… more food and liquor for my enjoyment. Again lots of quality time and Doctor’s Cave Beach and Green Grotto Caves ticked off the bucket list.
For my 2017 vacation I want to travel to another country… preferable one I have not yet visited.
Hint Hint Devaro… get ready!
We spend so much time each day trying to escape from where we are that we often miss the beauty of this life as it passes us by.
We get so caught up in what isn’t and what should’ve and could’ve been that we fail to see what IS.
It is natural for us to look back on our life and wonder how different it would have been if we had made a different decision in high school or college or at any random juncture, but these thoughts can sometimes do more harm than good.
The reality is there is no way to change the past (unless that time machine has been invented and someone is hiding it from us). So while we reminisce we must avoid getting caught up in the “if only’s” and focus instead on using all the lessons learnt from the past to assist in being more engaged in the present and ultimately chart the course we want for the future.
It is also natural for us to compare ourselves to others and wonder how they are “so far ahead” while we seem to be struggling by. Remember though that everyone has their own journey and no two lives are exactly the same.
Develop the habit of celebrating your own successes, regardless of how small you may think they are and be genuinely happy for the success of others and you will find that this is far more rewarding for you than the comparisons.
Today I challenge you as I am challenging myself, be present in THIS moment in your life! Appreciate the ability to dream about new adventures and experiences while knowing that today is just as miraculous as your dreams. Know within yourself that you can make a difference not just in your life but in the lives of those around you by choosing to focus on the positives that exists.
When you examine your life you may find that you may not have ended up where you wanted to go but trust that in this moment you are right where you need to be.
December is traditionally a time of reflections and projections for me (and most of the rest of the world) and with the year I have had this one is no different. I’ve been taking the time to look back on some struggles that threatened to break me this year and how God came through for me over and over again.
In January I set some goals I wanted to achieve and I can honestly say that I didn’t do too bad with those at all. For the rest of the year I will be sharing some moments this year that were significant for me and how they have helped to shape the positive attitude with which I intend to enter 2017.
So as I prepare to close out this awesome
and sometimes draining year I look back with gratitude and look forward with renewed hope.
I am ready for 2017 and all the blessings that are in store for me. I am ready for all the opportunities that await me and all the struggles that I will overcome.
So 2017… be prepared to be good to me. I’m ready!