Losing my beloved husband unexpectedly in 2015 to cancer was the darkest year of my life. There were times I didn’t think I could get out of bed. The days dragged on forever and the nights were even longer. Lost and confused, I was not in a good place.
A New Year
When 2016 came around I made a promise to myself and to Gary. I would not wallow in self-pity, self-doubt, or any other negative energy that came my way. It was time to face life’s challenge head on and not be afraid. I wanted to honor the years we spent together and I wanted to continue making him proud of me.
Suddenly You Just Know It’s Time To Start Something New And Trust In The Magic Of Beginnings
Health Is The Key To Life
Staying healthy is important to me. I focused on physical exercise and internal self-examination. What did I want out of my life now that a fork in the road had presented itself?
I continued the work it takes to keep 200 pounds of weight off for the past five years. I don’t ever forget where I came from. I’ve battled the demons of an eating disorder and come out the victor! For those with the struggle, all I can say is keep fighting. You can win! Some days will be bad, some days will be good and some days will be great! That’s life! Learn to deal with your feelings and wake up the next day with a smile on your face and love in your heart.
Silence Is Golden
I’ve learned how to be alone. I spent a lot of time writing and reflecting in silence this year. After 30 years of marriage and living with another person, being solitary was the hardest and biggest change for me. As weird as it sounds, for the first time in my life I found out I enjoy my own company.
In May I turned the big 5-0. For me, this wasn’t a tragic setback or anything. I marked the milestone with great enthusiasm and felt I was getting stronger every day. I say bring on the best years of my life!!
June brought a new experience with international travel. Going to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, with my parents was a trip of a lifetime that sparked the travel bug within my heart. I was forever changed both spiritually and emotionally during those two weeks spent in Peru.
Writing With Purpose
I started this travel blog to share my experiences and adventures along the way. I plan on making travel a regular part of my new life.
TravelingRedhead.net has been so much fun and such a creative outlet. I’ve always enjoyed writing and have found a new love in photography as well. I am excited about all my travel plans for the upcoming year. Vegas in the Spring, North Carolina in the Summer, Maine in the Fall and back to Orlando, Florida in December for a Disney Holiday Family Reunion. The year will fly by.
Trip To San Francisco
In September I got to take an amazing trip to San Francisco with my friend, Laurie. It was so much fun exploring the city, meeting new people, and just being in the moment to experience such a great city. This trip was another milestone in feeding my traveling soul.
Weekend In Austin, Tx
What a great weekend this was! Time away from the every day is always a fantastic way to get rejuvenated for life’s unexpected twists and turns.
Seeing the Capital for the first time and learning about the city’s great historic past was so much fun.
Austin is such a vibrant city full of interesting parks, restaurants, shops, bars, and activists. I have great respect for those that fight for our rights as United States citizens living in Texas. I can’t wait to go back!
I celebrated a ten year anniversary in my IT career. Again hard work and dedication have been recognized, and I start my dream promotion in January leading Tech-Ops Project Managers to success! With leadership and change comes great responsibility and I will be ready to conquer.
Winter In Florida
The second week of December always proves itself to have the coldest weather in Houston. This year, I headed to Pompano Beach and Ft Myers. Two of my most favorite places to visit! I always seem to find myself stronger in so many ways after spending quality time with my parents.
Bought A House
December 14, 2016 will be a day I never forget!! I bought the home of my dreams! Another check off my bucket list! I am now a first time home owner! I am looking forward to truly making this my forever home. The best part, I was in Florida with my mom and dad so we got to experience all the joy and celebrations together!!
For those looking to buy your perfect dream home and in need of a qualified and friendly real estate agent, contact Sarah Cruse at Champion Real Estate Group, 26119 Interstate 45 #206, Spring, TX 77380 – License #651884 – Telephone Number 281-908-6421. She really made the whole home buying process fun and easy. She listened to what I wanted and found the perfect property in my budget very quickly. I would highly recommend Sarah for all your home buying needs and will be forever thankful to her for making my dreams come true.
A New Year
And the circle of life continues. A year later, I am blessed in so many ways. I am climbing the ladder of life. I still have a long way to go until I reach heaven to be with my beloved again, but I sure do look forward to each step and adventure along the way.
I have amazing parents. My son, whom I love to the moon and back is 23 and doing well. I am happy & healthy. I have realized It’s okay for my life to be all about me. I’ve earned it! I am looking forward to the future, living in my dream home and traveling to wondrous places, experiencing new adventures. It really is true what they say . . .
With hard work, determination, and a strong desire to successfully change your life’s path, it can be done.
Dear Universe: In closing, I ask that 2017 be as kind and gentle as you were in 2016 and I will be as open and free to receive your blessings.
With Love & Light,