So, my first assignment has to do with developing a belief that if other people can do this, I can too. It’s hard to believe in myself….I’ve spent 54 years of screwing up, quitting, and generally making awful choices. But like my daughter, Desiree, told me, I have actually lost over 100 pounds twice in my life. So I am capable of this. I’m hoping that “transformation” in my heart and mind will end up being the key to sticking with it to the end, and maintaining a much more productive and happier life, and NOT JUST MY WEIGHT!!
So here we go….. (DISCLAIMER: not trying hurt feelings, leave anyone out, etc etc…just working on me! Limited space! )
SEVEN GREAT THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO ME IN THE PAST YEAR:
1. We added 2 gorgeous granddaughters to our family.
2. I got to spend an enormous amount of time with my Dad in his last year on this earth. I’ve always been a Daddy’s Girl.
3. I got to sit by Daddy’s side when he took his last breath.
4. I finally found a medical clinic with a sliding scale so I could get medical help again with no insurance.
5. I got to be present for my great nephew’s birth.
6. I got to see all 6 of my kids and all of my grandkids together at one time.
7. I’ve had a lot of sewing and photography jobs (but could use more!).
THREE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES I’VE MADE SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER (in any year):
1. My husband, Kevin
2. My daughter Jaimie
3. ~this is just very hard….I need to think more~
THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE MY LIFE SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER (in any year):
1. Anna Carbone, my best friend
2. Amanda Schultz, one of my granddaughters
3. Kevin Thomas, my husband
WHAT WAS MY BEST DAY EVER? WHY?:
I think when my first child was born had to be my best day ever. I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved that little girlie. Rebecca made me feel depth of love that I had no idea was possible, and she loved me totally and unconditionally. She still does! It changed my life!
WHAT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER OF MY CAREER? WHY?:
The day I got up the nerve to walk away from Walgreens and into my photography was my best career day. Scary as hell!! But it was walking into something I love. And it’s been hard, but awesome!
WHAT AM I MOST HAPPY ABOUT ACHIEVING IN THE PAST YEAR? IN MY LIFE?:
This year I’ve watched ALL of my kids blossom into amazing people, parents, employees, spouses….and I’d like to think that’s the thing that has not only this year, but every year, been my best achievement.
WHAT WAS THE SMARTEST DECISION I MADE IN THE PAST 24 MONTHS?:
The smartest thing was leaving Walgreens. It was a dead-end for me. I have real fulfilling possibilities now!
WHO IS MY BEST FRIEND?:
Anna Carbone. She loves me no matter what I say or do. She knows how to listen. She keeps up with me. She trusts me to listen to her. She trusts my advice. She’s not afraid to tell me the truth if I’m wrong or being an ass. She can almost always make me laugh. She is the most genuine person I know. She has a heart the size of Texas. I really love this chicka!!
WHO’S MY BIGGEST CHEERLEADER WHEN I SET A GOAL?
It’s a tie between my 4 daughters, Stephanie, Desiree, Jaimie, & Rebecca, and Anna.
WHAT’S THE BEST COMPLIMENT I EVER RECEIVED?
When my daughter told me that she knew how hard I had worked over the years to make up for my years as a crappy mom, and that I’m a good mom now.
WHAT’S THE MOST DARING THING I’VE EVER DONE?
I started Art College at age 50, reinvented myself, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Photography Degree.
WHAT ARE MY PASSIONS?
My grandchildren, my children, photography, tech stuff, creating beauty.
WHAT ARE MY SKILLS AND TALENTS?
Photography, Photoshop, most things tech, English skills, I can sew anything, cooking, reading, writing, patience and tolerance, communication, and I love (most) people.
WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT MY LIFE RIGHT NOW?
My husband, my kids and having a better relationship with them, my grandchildren who I absolutely adore. I love my bestie Anna, and I love that I have so many real friends who have loved me through some rough times (especially the last year).
WHAT AM I MOST GRATEFUL FOR?