My End Of the Year Reflections

It seems like at the end of every year, people say, “man, this year went by so fast!” Next thing you know we’re setting new goals for the new year that may or may not get accomplished.  

2016 was wonderful and challenging  at the same time for me. 

I had some scary things happen: 

Like that moment I was in labor, pushing the baby’s head out when all of a sudden, dozens of medical staff stormed in and next thing I knew  I was being rushed to an OR for an emergency  c-section  because my baby’s heart-rate was nowhere to be found.  

Or that scary phone call I received from my mother one evening, shaken up and weepeing because my father was being taken to the ER by paramedics after he stopped responding and talking, as we later came to find out that he was having a stroke. 

Or that evening we were driving to  the nearest Urgent Care because our infant had a high fever; I was seating in the passenger’s seat, as my husband drove and our two kids  in the back, when I literally saw my whole life flashing in front of me when a car nearly struck us  but missed by a mere second when my husband managed to swerve- what could have been a deadly accident, God shielded us from it.

Those were some scary stuff. I nearly lost my mind.  But through  it all, God held my hand and protected me and my family, and for that I am grateful. 

At the beginning  of this year,  I was dealing a lot with loneliness. Living in a state where I don’t have my siblings,  parents, or closest friends. Since I spend most days at home while hubby is at work, there was no one who I could just pick up the phone and say, “Hey, wanna go have coffee?” Or, “hey, wanna go check out so and so event with me?” All my friends  are thousands of miles away. And as some of you may know, being home with the kids all day can get lonely sometimes.

But slowly and surely, I started meeting people and making aquantainces who I hope will turn into genuine long lasting friendships. 

So, I’m also thinking of the good things:

A career that allows me to stay home with the kids on most days, although I do my share of complaining at times. I am grateful.

A dream home that we bought in the neighborhood  we once dreamed of living in. 

Provision over my family. 

So many great things that are only materialistic, so what I am mostly grateful for this year  is that I have a wonderful husband who daily puts his family first and loves me for who I am, I have beautiful children who mean the world to me, I have supportive  parents who I love so very much, and for God’s abundance grace and His love that continues to overwhelm me. 

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End Of the Year Stress 

Why is it that the end of the year always comes  with its own problems? This is a stressful and drepressing time of the year for many,  and it has sadly personally affected me as well.  I’ve heard many bad news from loved ones this month: car accidents, hospitalization, sickness, death, incarceration…you name it! How can you stay happy when everything else around you seems to fall apart? How can you not be angry or frustrated when you feel like you should be? Let it go. When you let go, God has a way of stepping in and doing it […]

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Am I Not Good Enough?

Like almost every writer’s dream, I  was signed by a literary agent two years ago for not only one book, but my writing career overall. Writing is a very competitive field. Finding a literary agent to manage your writing career, and one who actually believes in you is just as difficult as people say. Here is the story of how I Found My Literary Agent here. As some of you may know, I have been working on a particular novel for what seems like a lifetime now. So, at first, I was so thrilled. My dream had come true. My book would […]

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You’re So Lucky! You Have It All Figured Out.

 Although I am currently working from home full-time /WAHM, (I’m an online writing instructor for a local university) I don’t exactly love it  and at times, it can feel very frustrating, exhausting, and stressful– and on those days, I’m just about over working from home . So, I even went to great lengths and had job interviews with a possible career change. But then this morning  I had to make an early drive into the city and as I sat there in major traffic near downtown, I thought, “there’s no way I’m getting back out there for any 8-5 type of […]

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When They Go Low, We Go High.

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka One of my articles/blog post went viral  over the weekend. This past weekend, I was so busy with friends and family that came to visit from out of town. I was having so much fun, so the last thing on my mind was checking my blog stats or anything blogging related-until last night. I noticed that in one day, I suddenly had crazy amount of traffic to my blog and […]

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Why Is It So Darn Hard For Women To Lose That Baby Weight?

Okay. Confession: I used to be one of those girls. You know… the super-fit gal with perfect abs and perfect legs judging those moms who were “not so fit” anymore after they had their baby. It’s not so much that I judged how they looked. But I judged  their “slacking behavior ” for not getting back in shape. At least that’s what I thought. If I only knew. For those who know me, you know I used to be a dancer so I have always been  physically active. “Once a dancer, always a dancer”, they say. But  I haven’t been as active […]

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When Social  Media Becomes Suffocating, Addicting, and Obsessive.

Yes, we all know. Social media is the best thing that was ever created, especially for this millennial  generation. But what happens when too much of social media becomes a bit… addicting… obsessive… suffocating ? Instagram is a BIG DEAL for bloggers. I am a blogger, so it is a BIG DEAL for me. It is the place where we brand ourselves as bloggers and grow readership. It is a one stop place where we can be inspired, motivated, and connected. I  have made many “online” friends who I will probably never meet in person, who are bloggers, writers, home […]

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