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This year has been one of new experiences and self realizations, especially pertaining to my own mental health. I spent almost half of year raveling a bit more than usual (didn’t travel out of the country… but those days will come soon enough.) to places like Washington D.C. for AwesomeCon, a little big town called Louisville, Kentucky (in the region I call the “almost South”), the music mecca of Nashville, Tennessee and that supposed City of Angels, Los Angeles… twice! Not to mention two major comedy events in Philadelphia (Read the article Reflections of a Hot Blerd Summer for more detail on those.) However, this year wasn’t all fun travel and (video) games.

 

About a week after coming back to my job at a call center, from my last trip to L.A., I was fired from it. This major downer nearly nullified the rest of my plans for the entire summer. Along with the stress of being unemployed for a good part of the year, circumstances in my personal life forced me to face my lifelong fear of abandonment, recognize all the events in my life that fueled it, and take great strides towards healing from it, which is definitely not an easy feat. In fact, it’s hard as hell, but, prescribed medication helped me…so did Dottie, my badass of a therapist.

 

Fortunately, the tail end of this year has been on a bit of an upswing. I secured a new job in the healthcare field with a great crew of people, set a couple things in motion to improve this brand, and started the long and arduous process of obtaining home ownership.

 

2019 had its high points and challenges. Now that I think about it, the past decade has been one great big continuous challenge, not just for me, but for a great many of us. 2019 in particular, may have been really hard for you.. may have beaten you down or tested you, mentally, physically, or even spiritually. Despite all of the past year’s (and decade’s) craziness, I made it ya’ll, and I’m glad you did too.

 

May we all continue to not only survive, but thrive in any and every way possible in this new year.

 

-S.

 

 

 

photo cred: Fastweb.com

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