What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Strong AF: A Year In Reflection

We are literally just a few hours away(at least here in NYC) and I just could NOT let more time pass without writing this. With 2019 officially coming to an end and 2020 right around the corner I wanted to take some time to not just reflect on this year but the past decade.

I’m gonna be frank, this year for me has been one of the hardest years of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I had some great moments and experiences that I’ll treasure FOREVER, but I also went through more rough days than good and was challenged
in SO many ways. Many days I questioned the HARD lessons I was faced with, searching for answers. In all honesty, I found myself questioning my faith and what God was trying to show me. I faced so many trials and tribulations in my
personal life & with my health. At times I felt hopeless, defeated and even depressed.
For more than eight months I was in and out of doctors' offices, urgent cares, specialists and even the ER. It all felt like a never-ending cycle with no end or change in site. And then, after months of suffering, indescribable pain and stress things started to change for the better. I met with a doctor (after meeting with several), and was able to have surgery that would hopefully fix my issues. Exactly two weeks before Christmas I went in for my surgery and have been recovering since.

My post-op appointment is just after the New Year and I for one couldn’t be more excited. Not just because I am better but because I did it. I got through it. I had not only lived through my testimony but I had persevered through one of the hardest moments of my life MENTALLY and PHYSICALLY. Within the past year, I’ve gone through so many ups, downs, changes and shifts in every aspect and area of my life and I’ve come out of it a stronger and better person.

Ten years ago I was a naive 21-year-old, graduating from college. And as many hardships and lessons, I’ve gone through I wouldn’t change any of it, because it’s made me into the person I am today.
2019 and these past ten years have been incredible— incredibly bad and incredibly amazing. I’m so excited to see what 2020 and this next decade has in store for me. It hasn’t been easy and at times I even questioned if it was worth but if there is one thing I’ve come to learn, especially after the trying year I’ve had it’s that the old adage is true— what doesn’t kill will make you strong AF!!

Cheers to a prosperous and wonderful New Year and I hope my little story was a reminder to those currently going through a rough, tough, questionable time that while all good things come to end, so do the bad things.

I’ve come to learn that our life is a book being written in real-time— one chapter at a time. And like any book there will be good chapters and there will be bad chapters. And whether you're right in the middle of a really good chapter of your life/book or a really bad chapter, never forget that the pen is still in your hand and Life is YOURS for the Taking.

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year(and an even better decade). 🥂


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