First time since the end of AUGUST that I’ve blogged. Wow.
I had come to a point where I felt that I had nothing left to say. So much going on in the world like the children in cages, the election year, made me so overwhelmed that I just didn’t know where to start to write about anything. I made a decision to live life instead of reporting on my life for a while. Didn’t think that it would last for months.
I miss writing. I will challenge myself to write one article a week (at least) on anything. I spent so much time wondering what people would want to read/see/hear that, when it came time to write, I was already tired.
Taking breaks are important and, now that I look back, a lot has happened in 2018 in no particular order.
1. Decided to take a Interpreting class to keep myself sharp and focused as I try (again) to pass the State Interpreting Exam. Got an ‘A’ in my class and found that I was on top of this stuff, I really took it seriously this time around.
2. Got together with my friends for the first time in a YEAR. Fun to catch up and to relax away from my projects.
3. Lost one of my really good friends a couple of weeks ago. It’s sad because it’s one of the first of my college friends to leave this earth, couldn’t sleep for the first couple of days after I got the news. It made me think about taking care of my business (one never knows).
4. My godson nephew was named Teacher of the Year for his region for his work with special needs kids, he’s blessed.
5. Am loving watch my godson nephews come into their own music-wize from high school band for one to La45 for another
6. My off the charts smart niece goddaughter is a top candidate for valedictorian, how cool would this be?
7. Enjoyed meeting my baby godson nephew for the first time when he visited us from Texas. I tell Dad that this was how HE must have looked at that age.
8. Lost one of our cousins to a stroke a few weeks ago and remember how it felt the day that Mama had her stroke, while Mama was lucky and always able to speak, it was a struggle for her from that day forward. I confess that it scares me that one of us will have a stroke and it’s time to make taking care of ourselves a priority.,
9. Watching my sister make the decision to live healthier and to work out and watch her meals has been an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for her.
10. Dad still going strong at 83. It’s easy to forget his age because he still drives, goes out to hear mariachis, and is fun-loving.
11. Trying to be there for my lil niece goddaughters and to be a good example for them. Taking them places and showing them different things is important.
12. Made a couple of chisme road-trips to Phoenix and Denver – no sightseeing required, just wanted to visit with fam/friends, it was so fun.
13. Got a killer bronchitis flu that knocked me out, hoping that never happens again.
14. 4 years and one month without Mama. We never stop missing her and we keep moving forward together thank God.
15. Ita is with us for the holidays, she’s looking great. Had fun with my Tias at Ranch Christmas, thank God for them.
16. RIP Aretha.
17. Got off track with Mama’s traditions, I did pretty good for 4 years and now it’s time to get back to it and to leave the guilt behind.
18. Committed myself to being very informed through the political madness in which we now live. It’s one thing to get all mad and react nomas porque si, it’s quite another to get all mad and react with the facts in hand. Always praying that this country finds its way back from the cruel, divisive, dark, angry, racist corner in which it now resides.
19. Saw some concerts this year and it’s so much fun that I must do more of this in 2019.
20. Went through a lot of personal cleansing of personal demons. My life is no longer dependent on what certain people do, think, say, or want. December 12th is an important date in this regard for me — when I got to December 12th and realized just how many years had passed since my personal desmadre, I decided that, yes, I had done a lot of work in facing that mess, dealing with PTSD, and, thank GodJesusVirgenOfG, I’ve really put the majority of this mess behind me.
2019 will be dedicated to closing the circle on some important personal goals. Getting my personal business in order, bringing that debt down, striving to work drama and desmadre-free, finding the joy (again) in putting events on and smiling more. I’m also committed to bringing this lonja down and live healthier, going to Mass, clearing my life of the clutter that I tend to collect, working smarter, not harder, doing the right thing, spending time with familia and friends, to be PRESENT and not stressed about it.
The way I see it, I was stopped in my tracks for a few years, no more, it’s time to finish everything that I’ve started. More chingona. Less pendeja.
Happy 2019 All.