Mood changer

Last night was a perfect ending to a frustrating day . . .

The perfect ending was because of this man who has my best interest at heart all the time. It’s truly a beautiful feeling, an overwhelming feeling, to know and feel how much someone cares and loves you.

Every day Jason shows me that he is the right man for me. He’s my present and future, he’s my everything. I look into our future and I see us growing old together in a beautiful life that we create for one another.

Yesterday when Jason got home from work he sensed there was something wrong, which started a conversation that allowed me to let out my frustrations. As the conversation continued I started to feel a little better.

This man is my rock, my sounding board, my clear skies when I see gray, my strength when I struggle with my own . . .  well he’s just the very best part of me.

When he told me to go for a run and let go of those frustrations, it once again showed how well he knows me.

I was determined to change my attitude. So, as I walked into the gym — by this hour it was too hot outside and I didn’t want to overheat both Lucy, my puppy, and I — my determination set in. I got onto the treadmill and turned on Pandora . . . I was ready.

It’s this time, this me time, that I was able to clarify my thoughts and put them back in order once again. I get discouraged when my thoughts get out of whack, when the frustration builds, because it puts me in funk. As I refocused, I started feeling better.

It’s true running is the best therapy for me. There’s something about exercising and pushing myself that lifts my mood and makes the worries go away. The best part about this run yesterday was I beat my run from the day before by 14 seconds. That felt incredible.

It seems when my frustration is at its peak, my performance is as well.

When I left the gym I felt like a new person. I walked through the door with a smile on my face because all my worries were left at the treadmill. This of course put Jason in a good mood because we feed off of each other’s energy. When he knows I’m feeling good, his smile is beautiful.

The laughter and good times filled our house once again and continued throughout the night. Even Lucy joined in on our fun as she played with Jason and went crazy running around the living room.

Our crazy little home is all I need . . . especially with Jason by my side.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is let things go and let them be. I struggle with this from time to time.

It’s truly a blessing that I have the opportunity to work out of my home and make my own hours while contributing my work to numerous newspaper and magazine publications. With that said, it’s a struggle to find the equal balance of time in and out of my office. I often find out that I need a break from writing after I reached my breaking point.

This morning started off a little rough, but with the right attitude . . .

I put on my running gear, ready to take Lucy and I to the Greenbelt for a morning run, but those plans drastically changed. I hope by the end of the day I can go for my run, hopefully that run will be with Lucy.

“You Can Do Anything”

“You Can Do Anything.”

This quote has been running through my head ever since this morning when I sat down and interviewed Sabrina for the Herald & Tribune.

There are many obstacles that unfortunately find their way into our lives producing pebbles, rocks, boulders or sometimes mountains to overcome. I have found through my own personal experience, it’s your attitude that shines through, it’s your ability to look at that situation and say “I Can Do Anything.”

No one is stopping your greatest achievements, but yourself.

This single mother of three children unfortunately went through some hardships in life, some difficulties that did not get her down, but rather showed her a new direction where she found some happiness. This outlet of happiness shines through her painting, a self-taught discipline she loves to do when she has spare time, when she needs to escape the stresses of life.

Her story was incredible to hear. It started off with joining the Navy in 1999. She was stationed in Guam and experienced some super typhoons and earthquakes. As a Florida girl, I know about hurricanes, but not natural disasters of this extent. One of the experiences she shared left with her without power and water for 30 days. She said it made her appreciate the ability she had in the United States to leave the area and find shelter. Tha was not an option on Guam because of its isolation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean..

After serving for four years, she pursued the next chapter in life and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

All of the obstacles she has faced only made her stronger, only made her want to fight for what she wanted.

“Everyone needs to have goals and something to keep driving them,” she said. “Never give up.”

I was rejuvenated after I left this interview because we shared the same visions – live life and enjoy life. I have been rather happy these last few weeks, on a natural high so to speak because I fought for what I wanted and am slowly making my dreams come true.

backyard67It was a wonderful interview. We laughed many times throughout the 45-minute conversation about both of our personal lives, what we have achieved, what our desires are and the thought process of “we can accomplish anything.”

It’s always wonderful to feed off of someone’s positive energy, especially during an interview. That energy only benefits me when I sit down and write the article because her cheerfulness further enhances the words I use to tell her story.

My first interview as a freelance reporter for the Herald & Tribune could not have gone better. Sitting down face-to-face, rather than doing a phone interview, was wonderful to do again. Yes you can hear the excitement in one’s voice, but to see their expressions and body language is a whole different story.

They’re off

Once I finished dinner, I sat down in front of the computer and took another step towards our future.

I typed many personal cover letters, attached my resume and sent them on to seven different newspapers in the Tri-City area.

Everytime I hit the send button, a smile crossed my face as I checked one more newspaper off my list. It was incredibly uplifting to offer my resume to that many publications in the hopes I can further my career with at least one of them.

There are always opportunities waiting at your fingertips, which is why I am reaching out to see what will be my next.

I cannot wait to follow up with phone calls in the next few weeks to further show my interest in becoming a new member of another newspaper team.

My day could not of ended on a higher note!