We’ve made it to the last weekend of the decade and as I think back on all of the ups and downs it had to offer, I must say that I’m proud of how I’ve maintained.  There has been a lot of things that took place over these past ten years some sad but fortunately most were happy.

In ten years my daughter graduated from college, I lost my grandmother (who was my favorite lady), had another baby which I  refer to as my “last born blessing”, got married, became a first time homeowner and most recently I became a blogger.

All of the trying times that took place in my life that could have broken me actually made me the woman that I am today and I admire the way that I’ve coped with all of life’s sorrows.  The heartache has helped me be more welcoming and appreciative of all the happiness that remains constant in my life.

I can honestly say that this last decade has been a rollercoaster full of emotions.  My older kids are now adults and I suffered with a bit of empty nest syndrome when they left home.  However, God saw fit for me to not to continue this journey in life alone so he blessed me with a husband, my “last born blessing” and my two bonus sons to help me cope and fills my heart with joy to help in healing some of the heartache.

Life is full of surprises but I’ve learned to roll with the punches and choose to fight through those difficult times in order to conquer happiness.  Don’t get me wrong, there is still heartache that I deal with and work through that will never go away. But I have learned coping mechanisms that were effective in helping me maintain which inspired me to start my blog in hopes of helping others.

Prayer, family, and determination to be happy in life are all sensible and attainable in healing and pretty much all you need.

There was a quote that I stumbled across, the author unknown but it reads…”Peace, it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”  How beautiful and true is this?  

Every 5-10 years you should set out to see some sort of growth.  Whether it be relationships and your personal life or career and finances.  Set realistic goals. work through the hard times, enjoy the happy times and make the choice to just be happy.

Enjoy your last weekend of the decade and work on setting those goals for the years to come.

God Bless!