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If We Were Having Coffee: Another Semester Comes to An End

A Cup of Coffee and Books

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you this week has been quite a busy one. Busy in ways I wasn’t expecting it to be. I’d tell you how my last week of work went, giving you details about what all transpired. I’d tell you my meeting with my General Manager about opportunities in my field went successfully. He was able to provide me with some amazing places where I could look for jobs, informing me to let him know where I applied so he could give a good word. But also telling me where I could search that I hadn’t thought of before. Another coworker was there when we were having our session and volunteered to help me build up my resume, completely recreating it from scratch. But improving it in ways I believe will make my resume stand out and open the door to other amazing opportunities.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you a breakfast bagel shop close to home called me for a job interview. The interview went well and was shortly followed up by a second interview with their General Manager. They sound like they are interested in hiring me, but I also know I need to keep my options open. But I haven’t heard back from them since they did my background check. Though I’m willing to give them a couple more days before I get back on the band wagon to continue searching for jobs. This time, I’ll be looking for jobs in my field at places where my General Manager will be able to give a good word. So I’m not completely holding out on hearing back, but continuing my job search from where I left off. I just hope this time around I’ll be more successful. Only time will tell, that’s for sure.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve spent nearly every day with my new friend. Not only talking and messaging, but spending time with each other, getting to know each other better. We are planning on doing something together on Monday, but I’m waiting for word on what we’ll be doing exactly. Just know I’m excited to have another friend in my life and continue to be excited to see our friendship blossom.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m not too sad to see work coming to a close this semester. A lot has happened there that has caused me so much stress that I’m glad to see it’s over. This week there went well. It was very slow because students were in their final exam week so they were leaving as soon as they finished their last exam. We also had a closing meeting, which was pretty basic chit chat on Wednesday afternoon. My last night shift on Friday was the Senior Dinner, which went off without a hitch. There were some minor problems here and there, but nothing none of us were able to handle. We worked well as a team to make sure everything got done properly, even getting out 30 minutes to an hour earlier than anticipated. So that was pretty nice. It’s weird how quickly this school year has gone because I didn’t graduate this early last year. But I’m also proud of my fellow college peers for all they’ve accomplished in their four years at Columbia College and know they’ll do some amazing things in the years to come. Just hoping to do some amazing things myself very soon, fingers crossed.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve started a new book as well as acquired two new books. I’ve started reading the book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris. So far this book is truly amazing, talking about the video game industry and how both Sega and Nintendo have revolutionized video games in their own unique ways. But focuses more on Sega, the company that could arguably be called the underdog in the video game industry. Then, Tom Kalinske was brought on board, transforming Sega into a $60 billion dollar industry. I would go into more detail about what I think about this book, but I really want to save that until I’ve finished reading it and my review is posted for you to see. But so far, I really enjoy it, learning more about the video game industry and the people who’ve shaped it into the beautiful thing it is today. The two books I bought at Barnes & Noble yesterday also focus on video games and are by the same author, Ernest Cline. Both of them are books on my Goodreads to be read list that I’ve been really wanting to read for the longest time. They are Ready Player One and Armada.  I’m so excited to read them both even though the book I’m currently reading is amazing and I’m learning more about video games from it. I just can’t wait to see how all three of these books are and to write about them on here.

books

If we were having coffee, I’d apologize for my continued lack of posts. I was planning on doing more posts this week, but didn’t really have too many ideas besides posting my two writings from the application to Book Riot. I’ve already posted the first one and will post the other one very soon. I hope this upcoming week will make up for it as I won’t be working anymore so I should have plenty of free time to think up posts to write. But will just have to wait and see what happens. Because it’s also possible I could very easily be hitting a dry spell and that’s why I’ve not been writing quite as much. Either way, I plan on becoming more active in the future on my blog and hope you all still enjoy my posts, regardless of how much time passes between each one.

If we were having coffee, I’d finish by saying this weekend has been a wonderful one so far. Yesterday not only did I get to go to Barnes & Noble with my sister, but I also saw my best friend for my second Mary Kay consultation. I not only did the skin treatment, but they put makeup on me too. So since none of you have any way of knowing this, I don’t wear makeup. At all. I’ve only worn it a couple times, mostly when forced by friends into doing makeovers, but that’s about it. Personally, I just don’t like the way makeup looks on my face. I feel very uncomfortable with it on and it doesn’t enhance my physical appearance or do anything for me. Just more of an irritation than anything else. Yesterday, it wasn’t too bad. Still not convinced in getting any makeup for myself or anything. But I did get the stuff I ordered from the last consultation, which I’m definitely looking forward to using in the foreseeable future, despite my family wanting to use it too. But today, I’ll be doing Zumba soon, so I should probably let you get going.

If we were having coffee, I’d also like to quickly let you know that I might not be doing coffee next weekend. I have a cousin graduating from college next Saturday so I’ll be pretty busy spending time with my family.

Just thought I should let you know. But I’m off now. Hope you’ve had a good week and catch you next time with more about what’s going on in my life and more coffee.

Giving Something New a Try: If We Were Having Coffee First Post

If We Were Having Coffee Image One

For the past couple weeks now, I’ve read Zen and Pi’s If We Were Having Coffee posts. I find them to be very interesting, seeing her posts about what she’s been up to during the week that I’ve decided I want to do my own weekly #weekendcoffeeshare posts.

Part of the reason I want to become a part of the #weekendcoffeeshare is because I want to personalize my blog some more. I don’t want my blog to be just about the books I’ve read and video games I’ve played. And I’m trying to do that by including some of my own writing through flash fiction challenges and writing prompts. But I also want it to be somewhere readers can learn a little more about me, including them in my life because my blog is a part of my life.

I believe If We Were Having Coffee will be able to help with that. What I’ll be doing each weekend is writing a post directed at my readers, telling them what all I’ve been up to during the week over a cup of coffee. I’m planning on doing these posts starting today every weekend if I can to give my readers a glimpse into my everyday life. I hope these posts will allow more conversation to happen between me and my readers, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m sorry but I don’t drink coffee. I’ll be having milk with our weekend coffee sessions instead and hope that’s okay with you. I’d also apologize to you for the lack of posts over the past two weeks. Two coworkers of mine who work nights at my job quit so I’ve been covering their hours with very little free time for myself to spare. These extra hours have caused me so much stress, frustration and exhaustion that I haven’t felt like writing as much until I got through the weeks I’d be working them. They’ve also made me realize how miserable I am with my current job and am ready to get a job in my field sooner rather than later. Right now, I’m working on that with my general manager at work, who’s offered to help me find a position for the company in my field. I’m actually supposed to meet with him tomorrow about this so fingers crossed he has some good news for me. But if not, I’ve been applying for positions while I’ve been home, both for a job during the summer and in my field so I’m not unemployed during the summer and so I have somewhere to work full time so I don’t have to go back. While I enjoyed working for them for a little while, I’ve realized it’s time for me to go because I’m no longer happy working there anymore. I’m ready for a different job and to get my career started.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had applied to be a contributor at Book Riot a couple weeks ago. I’d tell you how excited I was about the opportunity, but also inform you that I didn’t get picked. But I’d also let you know how okay I am with that now because the two posts I wrote for the position I can always put on my blog. In fact, I’d say, I’m planning on putting them on my blog. As soon as I get the chance to look over them one last time to make sure there isn’t anything more I want to add. I’d also tell you if you asked that what they are about is a surprise and that you’ll see them on my blog soon enough. I don’t want to spoil them for you my dear reader, I’d tell you.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve made friends in the most unlikely of places. Yes, I have friends both from high school and college I still talk to. But I also made friends with people I never expected to talk to me. In fact, I’ve been spending time with one of them quite a bit. I went to a couple parks with them last Sunday, some of which I’d never gone to before. It was lots of fun and I hope we go to some more very soon. But for now, this friend of mine is slowly becoming a part of my life in ways I didn’t imagine. We talk to each other every day and with each conversation had, I feel like I’m learning more and more about this person that makes me realize I want them to be in my life and someone I can continue to call a dear friend.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my best friend’s Mary Kay consultation party I went to last Saturday. I’d tell you how proud I am of my best friend for starting up her own business and about the good time I had at the consultation. I’d tell you I had such a good time that I even bought stuff, not only to support my friend but because I need it. I have a lot of problems with my skin getting dry and the stuff they have for dry skin I was able to try during the consultation. It seemed to work well so I’m hoping the stuff I’m getting works good for me. I would also mention there’s going to be another consultation next Saturday at 10. I’m going to that one as well so I can continue to support my friend and see what other products Mary Kay has to offer.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I haven’t read a book since I tried reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, even though I’d gotten two other books on my Nook. I’ve been so busy playing Kingdom Hearts Unchained X whenever I’ve had the chance that I haven’t started reading another book. I just couldn’t get into this book right now so I’m hoping whatever book I start next will be better. But I can tell you that Kingdom Hearts Unchained X is pretty good, despite how annoying the battery life on my tablet can be.

If we were having coffee, I’d apologize for blabbering for so long and ask you about your week.

Get to Know Me Tag

Christmas Part 2 2013

Decided to post one of my favorite selfies with this tag because I wanted an image with this tag to stand out.

Hello everyone! So I saw this Get to Know Me Tag over at Eve Estelle’s blog Edge of Night that I’ve been meaning to do, because it looked like fun and I wanted to do something so that you all can learn a little bit more about me. So here we go!

Vital Stats

Name: Lorrane Simmon (My real name. But you guys know me as my nickname on my blog.)

Nicknames: Raney (This is the name I normally go by on my blog), Rainy Day (A nickname given to me at a Christian daycare I went to in elementary school , a play on my name because of rainy weather. Haha, very funny, right?), and Little Sissie (The current nickname my older sister uses for me. We come up with different nicknames for each other all the time, but they change quite frequently. For example, one of my nicknames my sister had for me in elementary school was Pool Shark because at the time I was learning how to play Pool and was really good at it to where I beat every I played against, even the person who’d taught me how to play.)

Place of Birth:  Reading, Pennsylvania in the United States of America.

Firsts

Best Friends: A girl from elementary school who lived in the neighborhood I live in now where I grew up. Her Mom and Dad would have football parties at their house and all of us kids would go over there and play in the backyard. When we first moved into the neighborhood, they had a pool so we’d all swim. But then the pool was replaced with a trampoline so we’d take turns jumping on it. I was a bit of a tomboy in elementary school so a lot of my friends were guys so she was one of the few close friends I had in elementary school.

Award: I haven’t really ever been given any awards. I mean in elementary school, I received awards for getting all A’s and B’s in my classes, but that was about it.

Sport: My sister and I took gymnastics whenever we were really little. But other than that, I didn’t really do too many other sports besides the stuff we did in gym class and daycare except for whenever I was taught how to play tennis by my grandmother in middle school, which is a sport I still know how to play now and want to play more often. Oh, and I know baseball too, probably because of daycare or something, though I don’t know where I learned the rules of it or anything.

Real Holiday: I’m not really sure how to answer this. I would have to say the first holiday I remember celebrating would either be Easter, Halloween, or Christmas. But I’m not sure which of these holidays I have a real memory of celebrating first.

Concert: It would have to be the Skillet concert I went to at Carowinds because I hadn’t really gone to any other concerts until after that one.

Favorites

I’m probably going to end up picking more than one favorite for all of these options because I know I enjoy more than one of each of these things already and more than one have a special place in my heart.

Film: All of the Disney films I enjoyed as a child would have to go here, such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, etc. But I’ve also enjoyed watching the Narnia films, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Harry Potter, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Freaky Friday, and The Parent Trap, just to name a few more. There are more movies I’ve enjoyed watching, but can’t currently think of them right now.

TV Shows: Like with favorite film, I have multiple answers to this question. Some of the shows I enjoyed as a child include Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, Avatar the Last Airbender, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, The Fairly OddParents, My Life as a Teenage Robot, and ChalkZone. The TV shows I like now include The Bachelor/The Bachelorette (yes, I watch trash TV from time to time, I dare you to judge me), Dancing With the Stars, Flip or Flop, Criminal Minds, and How to Get Away With Murder.

Color: Blue is my favorite, followed by purple as my second. But the color silver is also up there with me too.

Song: I have a lot of favorite songs, honestly. These include “Stronger Than You Think” by Fireflight, “The Phoenix” and “The Mighty Fall” by Fall Out Boy, “Demons,” “Warriors,” “Bleeding Out,” “I’m So Sorry,” and “I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons, “Awake and Alive,” “Not Gonna Die,” “It’s Not Me It’s You,” “Never Surrender,” and “The Last Night” by Skillet, “My Demons,” “Halo,” “Down With the Fallen,” and “Dark On Me” by Starset, “Far Too Young to Die” and “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” by Panic! At the Disco, “Blown Away,” “Something in the Water,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Flat on the Floor,” and “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood, “Til It Happens to You,” and “Applause” by Lady Gaga, “Honey, I’m Good” and “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Andy Grammer, “Losing Grip,” “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” “Anything But Ordinary,” “Fall to Pieces,” “Girlfriend,” “When You’re Gone,” “Innocence,” “Keep Holding On,” “What the Hell,” “Goodbye,” “Bad Reputation,” and “Here’s to Never Growing Up” by Avril Lavigne, “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic, “Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted, and “Falling and Flying,” “Feather in the Wind,” “Hard,” “Long Lost Child,” “California,” “Crazy Love,” “Anchor,” “All About Your Heart,” “All the Pennies,” “Hourglass,” “I Do Adore,” and “I Take Flight” by Mindy Gledhill.

Wow, sorry guys. I feel like I might’ve almost listed my whole playlist for you. But yeah, I really love music and these are some of many of my favorite songs and songwriters.

Restaurant: Well, I really love Japanese steakhouses as well as Italian food and pizza places. But some of my favorite places around me to go and eat are Yamatos, Olive Garden, Tokyo Grill, Hu Hot Mongolian Grill, Bellacino’s, Deno’s, Jalisco’s, Wings & Ale, and Hudson’s. I enjoy eating at these places because they typically have food I really like.

Books: Surprisingly, this list probably won’t be as long as my songs list, but we’ll see. But some of my favorite books include the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the Uglies trilogy and Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield, and Dracula by Bram Stoker. Some of these books became favorites the first time I read them while others I didn’t realize had a place in my heart until I reread them again. Dracula is a book I make my point to read almost once every year whenever the mood to read it strikes me and is a story I never get enough of.

Currently

Feeling: Like I’ve been working on this post for a really long time. I don’t even remember when I started working on it. I think it’s because I spent such a long time listing my favorite songs. But anyway, I’m also feeling okay. Mostly sleepy and hungry. Sleepy because I always feel like I don’t get enough sleep anymore and I have a headache so I might be taking a nap later. And hungry because my Mom just heated up some of the pizza she got at Wings & Ale that she really likes and it smells really good. So I might be hitting that up too.

Single or Taken: I’m technically single. But even though I just got out of a relationship five months ago (really, it’s been five months? Hmmm, time sure does pass.), I still feel like my heart is taken. So for this question, I’m going to say my relationship status feels complicated because that’s the best way I can think of describing how I currently feel about my love life right now. Maybe a couple months from now things will be different, but will just have to wait and see.

Eating: Nothing at the moment. But I’ll probably be stuffing pizza or something else in my face soon enough.

Watching: I’m just going to use the same response Eve used for hers that she got from Faith because it really seems like the only appropriate answer to this: “I’m watching letters appear on the screen in front of me.”

Wearing: PJ’s. Because I feel too lazy to change into real clothes anyway.

Future

Want children: At some point in time. After I start my career, have a place to call my own and am married to the person I plan on spending the rest of my life with. Because I want to be financially stable and be able to afford having children before I have any.

Want to be married: Well, I don’t want to be alone for the rest of my life. But I want to be married to someone who truly makes me feel loved and really cares about my well-being and who I can love just as equally in return. And someone who says they won’t leave me and actually means it. So the day I meet a man whose completely honest about his feelings for me and makes actual promises he intends on keeping is the day I’ll get married.

Careers in mind: I don’t have anything specific in mind yet with what I want to do. But what I know for sure is that I enjoy writing so as long as I have the opportunity to do that then I’m fine with whatever career I end up having. But some options I am considering include being a journalist, author, or blogger. But there are many more opportunities I need to look into before I make any sort of decision.

Where do you want to live: Hmmmm, I don’t know. I mean, I don’t have anywhere particular in mind. Though I wouldn’t mind living in Pennsylvania or Boston because I’d be closer to family. But I really don’t have anywhere particular I’m interested in living as long as I have a way of getting back and forth to where I need to go because I don’t have a driver’s license.

Do You Believe In

God: Hmmmm, this question I honestly have a difficult time answering. I’m not overly religious or anything and I do believe there is a higher power. But at the same time, I have a hard time believing that one being created the universe we live in. If anything, I believe that God had to have help in creating the world we live in because I have a hard time believing he did everything by himself. So yes, but I’m not convinced that he’s the only higher power in our universe.

Miracles: Yes because miraculous things happen every day of our lives. A lot of them are things that can be difficult to explain, but I really do believe anything is possible.

Love at first sight: Yes and no. I believe a person can be physically attracted to someone at first sight based on physical appearance. But I don’t really think it’s possible for someone to immediately fall in love with a person the moment they meet them. I do believe love is something that can happen quickly because of my own experiences, but I think it does take a little bit of time for a person to realize those feelings. Doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but I don’t think it’s something that’s immediate.

Ghosts: Yes because I believe our universe is too small for only humans and animals to be the only creatures that encompass our world. But I also believe in supernatural and paranormal things because I believe anything is possible and because I’m open minded to such things because I’ve had friends who’ve had paranormal experiences.

Aliens: Pretty much the same answer I used above because our world is too big that I believe it’s possible.

Soul Mates: I believe that there is a person for everyone. But I also believe that we could all have multiple soul mates, but that the only way we meet any of them is by chance or what life decides to bring to you. Or you could have multiple soul mates because you meet so many people that you have a connection with, such as your close friends. But yes, I do believe in the idea of everyone having a soul mate.

Heaven: Yes, because the idea that you could be with your loved ones who’ve already passed once you die sounds really appealing to me.

Hell: Yes, but I’m not one hundred percent convinced that hell is made out of fire. I believe everyone’s hell is based on their personal weather hatred with heat and cold. As in, I believe people sentenced to hell who prefer the cold and hate warmth would be placed in a warmer climate to maximize their suffering.

Kissing on the first date: I really think this depends on how the first date goes and the person I’m with. If the date goes really well and there’s an obvious connection, I’d be perfectly fine with it. But if the date is horrible and the person I’m with I realize I’m not really into or if I’m just not ready for it then no. Just really depends for me on the date as a whole and the person I’m with on the date.

Yourself: Not really. I’m really hard on myself and criticize everything I do. Even when I do things correctly, I doubt myself and question whatever it is I’ve done. Tell myself I could do better even when there’s not much else I can do. I’m my own worst critic.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and finding out more about me! Feel free to do this tag yourself whenever you feel up to it. Here’s a copy of the questions for when you do:

Vital Stats

Name:

Nicknames:

Place of Birth:

Firsts

Best Friends:

Award:

Sport:

Real Holiday:

Concert:

Favorites

Film:

TV Shows:

Color:

Restaurant:

Books:

 

Currently

Feeling:

Single or Taken:

Eating:

Watching:

Wearing:

 

Future

Want children:

Want to be married:

Careers in mind:

Where do you want to live:

 

Do You Believe In

God:

Miracles:

Love at first sight:

Ghosts:

Aliens:

Soul mates:

Heaven:

Hell:

Kissing on the first date:

Yourself:

 

There’s Just Something About Walking

Walking Feet

Image can be found on The Glow.

There’s just something about walking that makes me feel good about myself. Every time I go for a walk, I feel pumped, ready to explore the world around me. I tell myself “this is fun, you need to keep this habit.” But I never do.

But I need to. Whenever I was in school at Columbia College, I took a blogging class the one semester. In the class, my professor asked us to blog about a topic that we were passionate about. At the time, I had discovered months before that I had really high cholesterol. I believed that there was something I needed to do about it. And that was how my old blog Healthy Body, Peace of Mind was born.

In Healthy Body, Peace of Mind, I talked about eating healthier so I could live a healthy lifestyle. And while I was blogging about heart health, I managed to do just that. I kept up with the food I was eating and spent time going to the gym at school. And I enjoyed it too.

But it didn’t last long. As soon as I was done with the blogging class, I tried to keep up with being healthier. I really did. But then, I fell into old habits again. I would go one day without going to the gym, which then turned into another until I just stopped going. And once going to the gym fell out, I started terrible old eating habits again. Things such as snacking whenever I didn’t feel like I’d eaten enough at the dining hall or drinking two or three cans of my favorite soda consecutively.

But as I went for a walk this morning, enjoying the cool breeze, a wonderful thought crossed my mind.

I need to kick these bad habits, get healthier again. Get back into the habit of eating healthier again. Because as long as I continue down the road I’ve been on, my high cholesterol isn’t going to go away.

The only way it’ll change is if I make it. So starting today, I plan on doing just that.

First by getting rid of all of my bad food habits. Need to stop snacking on unhealthy food whenever I feel hungry. I can do this by eating something healthier, such as apple sauce or drinking water. Drinking water can keep the feeling of hunger at bay because it keeps hydration levels optimal and can ward off deceiving hunger pains that are really signs of thirst, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Healthy Eating page.

Then, I need to keep track of what I’m eating. I can do this through keeping a food diary or using food apps on my phone where I can record what I’m eating throughout each day. I already have a Fitbit so I can use the Fitbit app on my phone to keep track of what all I’m eating throughout the day while keeping track of the amount of steps I walk each day. Keeping track of what I eat will ensure I stay on track and make sure I don’t indulge in any of my bad eating habits.

And lastly, I need to indulge in good eating and exercise habits and stick with them. I need to make sure I can keep up with doing a little bit of exercise each day, such as walking. Walking can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running, according to the American Heart Association. But also eat healthy food, such as fish so I don’t increase my chances of getting heart disease.

I say all of this now, knowing there’s a possibility of this happening all over again. But that doesn’t mean I can’t at least try the best I can to kick my bad habits to the curb and try again each time it does. As long as I don’t give up, that’s what really matters.

 

Turning 23: Celebrating Another Year of Life

23-birthday

I know this post might seem silly, but I wanted to do it anyway. My older sister Laney inspired me and I thought it would be a unique idea to write a blog post about turning 23 and talk about life and growing up.

My 23rd birthday was actually a couple days ago, on Thursday, January 14th.

As weird as this might sound, I still get excited about my birthday. Even though it means getting older and getting more responsibilities, I still get excited over my birthday because it is a moment that I find myself reflecting on life. On the life I’ve lived and on how quickly things can change.

Me After Zumba

Probably one of my favorite pictures of me that I can find. Which is kind of weird because I’m sweaty and gross in this picture after going to the gym to do Zumba.

Over this past year, a lot has changed for me. In February, I met the man I fell deeply in love with attending his band’s concert that my friend had invited me to because she was friends with him. Then in May, I graduated from Columbia College with my Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing for Print and Digital Media. For the next couple months, I struggled without success to get a job in my field only to start working in my school’s dining hall once again while continuing my search. While searching for a job, I started this blog in July because I felt inspired to start blogging and wanted to continue writing while I continued my job search. I then began falling on hard times in October after the man I deeply fell in love with broke up with me, crushing my heart completely. I used this heartache in November when I began writing my novel for National Novel Writing Month The Swan & the Crow in the hope that writing about my experience would start me on the path to heal. And I definitely feel like it made a difference because it allowed me the opportunity to distract my thoughts from reality and get through the pain I was experiencing. However, I didn’t heal completely from it and am still working on that to this day, though I’m much closer to it now than I was then.

It wasn’t until December that I really felt life was finally turning around for the better. The time I had off from work for Christmas helped because I got to spend time with my lovely family and realized I have everything I need. I realized it was time to begin letting my anger, frustration, and sadness go and to forgive him, despite everything. To realize that being single is okay because I might not be ready to spend the rest of my life with someone just yet.

And as weird as this might sound, thinking about my birthday brought some of these thoughts on. Made me optimistic about the months to come and hopeful that life isn’t over for me just because I’m not in a relationship right now.

My birthday has a weird way of bringing out the best in me. Puts a light pep in my step and allows me to see what’s coming next in my life in a whole new light.

CC Graduation Image with Maria

A picture of me with my friend Maria after graduation.

I also get excited about my birthday because it is the celebration of life. Of getting the chance to live another year longer, getting to reach an age some people don’t necessarily get the chance to experience and being thankful for getting to this point in life.

Yes, being an adult is hard and I don’t have my life completely together just yet. I still don’t have a job in my field, getting the opportunity to write, but I do still have a job and a home to live in while I search along with a supportive family and friends who care about me.

But despite that my life isn’t completely perfect, I still have a reason to celebrate life. In the end, that’s what really matters and is a good reason to celebrate.

So Happy 23rd Birthday to me and may you all enjoy the month of January!

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