Another year is coming to an end and looking back, as we all tend to do near New Year’s Day, I have to say this was my best year yet.  2018 began with Jon on my couch. A “coworker” of his gave him a bag of shots for Christmas and we proceeded to drink all of them and watched the movie Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence, (it’s a wonderful film but definitely not a family feel good movie.)  It’s amazing what can happen in a year.

2018 – A Summation

I became efficient at recognizing bullshit and cutting toxic people out of my life. I had to say goodbye to friends, and people I loved and for the very first time – for my own sake.  Self respect and self love walk hand in hand.  It did take an immense amount of pain and suffering to get to that point – but I am grateful for the lessons I have learned.

My new motto – Do no harm but take no shit.

I had fewer dates but more meaningful conversations.

I made a life long friend and soul sister.

I perfected my home made chicken noodle soup and made my first prime rib roast.

I started a new career and received a significant raise.

I visited Pittsburgh for the first time.

I turned 30 and had a Casino birthday party with some of the best people on the planet.

I grew closer to my sisters.

My mother and I realized in an argument that it’s not that we’re so different, but that we are very much alike in significant ways.

After 30 years of being ethnically ambiguous, I took a DNA test and found my genetic makeup and genetic health history/risks.

I took dance and voice lessons.

I was in two shows and one concert.

I stood up for myself and others and stuck to my principles

I decided to take being called “Intimidating” as a compliment

I found I would rather stand alone than collude with corruption.

I made my first financial investment.

Karma dealt with people who have wronged me.😉

I built up my savings.

I walked out of a massive car wreck without a scratch.

Walt, my new cat, joined the family.

I got a new car and named her Stella.

I saw 8 movies in the theater and read 20 new books.

I stopped living paycheck to paycheck.

I changed my hair to blonde.

I made my home a priority and it’s now a sanctuary of peace (except for the elliptical machine)

Planted Lily of the Valley and 3 new rose bushes in my garden.


I am very much looking forward to 2019.  Not because of any superstition or wish for happiness because 2018 showed me that I have control over my own happiness. Bad things will always happen.  Misfortune is inevitable. But so are good things.  Good things await for those who seize it.









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