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2015: A Personal Review

I went into 2015 with a lot pain and trying to believe it could get better. I am not the same person I was going into the year as I am now. That is a good thing!

I was at a point where I was unsure if life could get better. I prayed hard that I could find a new job and be able to make changes to feel better. Those prayers were answered! I found a job in a place where I am valued and have the chance to use my skills. I’m able to be involved and give input. I have regular hours. I have met wonderful people that I consider to be good friends. I have lost weight.

With all of this comes changes within myself. I had become a person I didn’t like. As I changed, I began to slowly become myself again. At first it was hard to recognize myself. Who was this woman who smiles and laughs? It was me! I can laugh! And I like to do it!!!! It felt good to be Amy again. I didn’t realize how much I missed myself.

I reacquainted myself with old friends. I found new friends. And I lost touch with some old friends. I hate that I lost touch with old friends. That hurt a lot. I tried to reconnect but sometimes you just have to wait on them and give them time or just accept that it is what it is. But it has been wonderful getting back in touch with old friends. And I have loved meeting new friends.

Then there was the whole dating thing. That was scary! There are some bad ones out there. But the good news is that there are some good ones, too! I was lucky enough to find a great one! He is a good man who I can’t say enough good things about.

2015 has been pretty good. There have been some bumps along the way. But you can’t appreciate the good without having some bad from time to time.

 

Helping Others

I love helping others. This year I have had the opportunity to help others in small ways and it has been such a blessing to me. Maybe some people don’t get it, but you’re doing yourself a favor by helping others. It can lift your spirits and make you feel something in your heart that is inexplicable.

This year I was blessed to have someone to share that joy with me. We laughed like kids as we got to shop for a child that needed things. It was a wonderful experience to share something that I am passionate about with someone else who has the same passion. I was fortunate enough to have a caring group at work who wanted to help a kid have a good Christmas so they all chipped in. I am grateful that they helped me experience something so dear to my heart.

If you have the chance, try helping others this holiday season in some way. You’ll find that your heart will be blessed in a way you never dreamed. It’s an amazing feeling.

Blessings!

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