Just freaking wow! Hurricane Matthew has been front and center the past few days. He has in my life to, but fortunately so have many wonderful things. First, after only 4 days on the market I sold my house in South Carolina. Yippee for me. And thank you to my incredible realtor Shakeima Chatman for her guidance and patience with me. The downside if there is a downside is that this is the first time I had to move myself since the Army has moved me my entire life. Yes I was overwhelmed, paralyzed, and many other things. Fortunately I had the help of my amazing family and friends to get me through this.

Next I bought a house in Savannah. I close next week. It is not my dream house. It is my resting house.  It is the place where I can go just be and catch up on the things that fell during the struggle. And that list is very long. I am thankful for this opportunity and I promise to do my best not to squander it. And I have begun thinking of ways I can give back to my new community.

Then I completed the Chicago marathon. That was marathon #7 for me. Not my best time or my worst. I did my best considering that I was in the process of moving. No excuses. I finished before dark standing up which is always my goal. Plus the deep dish pizza afterwards was in a word, amazing. Oh and during the race I was close enough to Guiliana Rancic to touch her. I didn’t, of course.

Upon returning back to Savannah, because that is where I now live. (It feels strange saying that after about 20 years in Mt. Pleasant, SC). Anyway, I passed my Road Runners Club of America Run Coach certification exam. Now next year I want to get my 200 hour yoga certification.  Right now I have no idea how all of this is going to fit together, but it will be nice to have options. I envision myself teaching yoga classes with jazz music. hey, I can dream.

So, as you can see I have come through the struggle in good shape. It is not over. I am just in a better vantage point than before. And isn’t that what life is about? Trial and error, fire and brimstone (I just like the sound of that). I am realizing that nothing has to be perfect, it just has to be. You just have to keep going through the doubts, the tears, the frustration, the betrayers, and the impossibilities. Trust me, I have had many many impossibilities. And I had to remember that not everything is meant to be. I left a lot of baggage in South Carolina and not all of it was physical.

I am looking forward to new beginnings, new challenges, and new friends. I am now in a place where I can dare to dream. The struggle will always be there, but I now know that I am stronger than I ever imagined. Yes indeed just freaking wow!


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