8 years ago, I went on my first date with this man!

Featured image This picture is of us, today…but, 8 years ago, he jumped in the car while it was moving and I took us up to Fantasy in Lights. The best date I ever had!  <3

Turkey Day is on its way!

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This is in Yulee, Florida, and I will be there again next week!!! I took this pic from the passenger’s side of my hubby’s ride…. I need some R&R big time…We have multiple states to hit in three days and we are going to blow through like a hurricane…quick quick quick. 3 states in 6 days! I am so excited!

Workin’ Girl

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I don’t know what I am going to do, when i go on vacation, all i do is work. I am exhausted, but its my norm. ..oh wait, homework…that is what i will be doing.Good thing i have something to do, besides act like i know how to enjoy life anymore! We (my husband and I) got great news yesterday… a friend of my husband’s that he has known longer then i have been alive had a family member diagnosed with Lymphoma, and after 4 treatments of chemo, its gone…How mysterious and wonderful life can be. Never a dull moment….always…a workin’ girl.

Happy to be alive

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Today was a cold one…but my heart was warmed…I’m exhausted…and I have so much to do…but I just want to sleep. I love helping people, so much…It is one of my favorite reasons for being alive. Today I got to feel that feeling again…to know that I got to be a part of turning someone’s life around….what a gift and a blessing…it made me happy to be alive.

Got my invitation to be inducted in the honor society. I am so glad I did not quit school!

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“Dear Guest of Honor:
Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International congratulates you on your recent acceptance into the Society. Membership in CSI is a distinct honor, you have met the society requirements and were deemed promising for endorsement as a professional counselor whose ethical judgment and behavior will be exemplary. As such, you are cordially invited to participate in the initiation ceremony on date here to mark the beginning of your membership in the Theta Sigma Phi Chapter of CSI.

CSI has initiated over 83,000 professionals and professionals-in-training worldwide, and currently has over 14,000 active members among 281 campus based chapters in this country and abroad. As a result, you will be recognized by and affiliated with one of the largest counseling organizations in the world with its sole mission to recognize and promote excellence in the profession of counseling.
For over 20 years CSI has provided recognition for outstanding achievement as well as outstanding service within the profession. CSI was created for counselors-in-training, counselor educators, and professional counselors like you, whose career commitment is to research and service through professional counseling.

Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. Our symbols and colors were chosen to reflect our mission and values: white for virtue, blue for trustworthy, and integrity throughout.

Your invitation to join our chapter distinguishes you as an outstanding counseling student; one whose accomplishments are consistent with the mission of the international organization and of the Theta Sigma Phi Chapter. On Friday, December 5 your presence is requested to attend a ceremony that will be hosted in your honor along with the other new initiates at Troy University Phenix City. The initiation will be held at 6 pm EST in Key Hall on the campus of Chattahoochee Valley Community College.  You may bring your family and friends to celebrate and mark this occasion with you. The membership committee requests an RSVP no later than date November 17th and provide the following information that will be read in your introduction:

Name:(As you would like to be called)
Future career goals:”
( I Took Contact info out)
Again, congratulations on your acceptance into Chi Sigma Iota.
W. Michael Burgan, Ph.D, LPC, NCC, Licensed Psychologist
Chapter Faculty Advisor

My lips are sealed.

Featured image  Today is one of those days where I want to say so much, but I can’t. I feel like I could bubble over like  lava…Do you ever wake up, and feel like you didn’t sleep?..I do today…I want to shout…but I won’t. I want to cry, but I won’t…and I want to raise a white flag, and be done…but I won’t…my lips are sealed.

Veteran’s Day

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Today I am soooooooo Absolutely thankful for our soldiers, as always. What you do for our nation, is  truly appreciated. The men I love the most, who protected me as a child, were all solders…My grandfather was a prisoner of war, my dad, went to west point, my grandfather and uncles, were all Navy. My paternal grandfather was in 3 wars…. I love them all and appreciate them all…but I don’t want to leave out our female soldiers…you are who I look up to…if you are ever alone, sad, lost, and feeling like no one cares…I don’t care who you are, I care…I thank you for what you do, always!

But I get up again

Featured image  Sometimes I go to a very broken place in my heart where it feels like a mosaic of broken reflections, and I recant all of my failure…I start to feel the world swallow me whole, and digest me like a cheese puff… fluffy, unhealthy…tasty, bright, but otherwise no value…Then I sleep on it, and get up again…and suddenly I feel like I’m back in the game…and for at least right now…it appears there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Renewed Hope

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I worked at my other job on one of my days off. The second day I had off, I did home work. I worked with some of my classmates and they gave me a pep talk…Now I feel a little less discouraged. I am going to talk to my teacher Monday about what happened to me…and nip this in the bud real quickly. The picture is of me smiling since I talked to two of my classmates…