Another year of giving thanks and I don’t even know where to begin. They say time flies when you’re having fun. Yet, so much can happen in so little time. This year was nothing short of let downs and pick me ups but, towards the second half of it, the blessings came at me full force, back to back, and I’m more than thankful for the abundance of good things that I’ve experienced. A year ago, I gave up on everything and here I am a year later, stopping at nothing.
Just to give you a snap shot of how things have been going:
- I moved to Atlanta, GA in August after having to put my life on hold for a year. After experiencing many hardships in Michigan, I needed a fresh start in a new city where I knew no one and no one knew me. Not to mention, I’ve lived in a small town all my life. Being able to switch it up and live in a big city where there are many different ethnicities and cultures has been a breath of fresh air. So far I’ve used this opportunity to build relationships, network within my career, and focus on my personal growth. I’m not where I want to be ultimately but, I’ve come a long way since being in Atlanta and I’m only going to continue to improve from this point on.
- I financed my first car on my own. Part of moving to Atlanta was making the decision to start fresh. Of course, I had my first car for years and it lasted me all throughout college. Being a post college adult, I wanted to feel as such. After months of searching and figuring out how much of a monthly payment I could afford, I was blessed with being able to drive off the lot in a 2018 Ford Focus and I absolutely love my car. It has become my number one priority.
- I got hired in at a place that would be my first real job out of college that pertains to my field. This is the stepping stone into my career and I’ve been networking with so many of my coworkers. Through them, I’m gaining advice on what paths to take and who to get in contact with to jumpstart my plan in reaching my end goal. Since I’ve been working here, I’ve been inspired to pursue a second degree in Psychology to further my knowledge on working in the mental health sector of the Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice system. Within the next five years, I’ll also be obtaining a Master’s in CJ and a JD in Criminal Law. Thankfully, I have coworkers from all of these fields so I’ve come across some much needed guidance. I couldn’t be more prepared for my near future than I am now.
- Last but, not least, I did the big chop! I’ve been natural (no relaxer) for 5 years but, I never mustered up the confidence to cut my hair. Having long hair all my life made it difficult for me to believe that I could be just as beautiful without it. On top of wanting a fresh start for healthier hair, I wanted to test my self confidence. I’ve been working so hard over the past few months to boost my self love, self care, self esteem, etc. How do you really know that the work you’ve put in has had any impact if you don’t push the limits? To be completely honest, I actually love my hair short compared to it being long. I feel refreshed, reassured but, most of all, free.
I have so much more to be thankful for but, you’d never hear the end of it if I tried to make it all fit into one post. Let’s just make it short and sweet and say that life has been good to me lately. This past year was the end of my rollercoaster ride and I’m more than grateful to be able to say so. If you asked me a year ago if I were either happy or satisfied about life, I would’ve looked at you like you were insane. I didn’t even have the faith to believe that things could end up taking a turn for the better. I had become content with having no control over my life, my mental well being, or my happiness. Belief me when I tell you, this is the first Thanksgiving where I actually have something to be thankful for and that’s God himself; for loving me, for carrying me, for guiding me, and for never giving up on me even when I had given up on myself. I’m thankful for my friends and family who held my hand during these rough patches and supported me when it all went downhill. I’m thankful for myself; for being strong, for being resilient, for being motivated to do better and be better. Life has truly changed for me and though I know it won’t be perfect and more rough patches will come, I’m better equipped for battle than I was before. As we head into a new year, I’m enjoying the last couple of months of what has been the most life changing year thus far.
I hope you are being blessed with a good meal and are surrounded by those you love this holiday.