Over 300 posts since Sept 2009, wow! I was scrolling through to see when I started and glanced at some of the topics, which I used to do instead of the date. I’ve covered A LOT of topics! Weight loss, health, depression, mission trips, Scripture, music, books, school, family, relationships… makes me wonder who I’ve reached over the years. I mean, the reason I started sharing “Being Real” was to express myself and not hide the struggles in hopes of freeing myself and others. Guess I’ll never know the impact on this side of Heaven…
In 2009 I was 30. So much has changed and I had no idea then where I’d be now. At least, I’m not where I imagined I’d be! But God has been amazing and has directed all my steps. Well, maybe I made my own paths a few (dozen) times, but He’s still my GPS and He guides me through wrong turns.
I’m not sure where the nostalgia vibe originated today! But thanks for joining 🙂
What’s been going on… in May I went on a service trip to Hamtramck, MI which is just outside Detroit. Met some wonderful people of different backgrounds in the town whose tagline is “The whole world in 2 square miles.” We cleaned, gardened, organized, ate, and encouraged. Not an international trip this year, but definitely outside my culture.
Came home with COVID. Yuck! It was a mild case, but still kick my butt.
In June I went to Colorado to visit some friends. Thankfully the COVID recovery was going well!! I’ve known J & M since 1999 and their daughters A & N since they were born. The family moved a few years ago and I was able to visit in Jan 2021 for a long, birthday weekend. This time I was there for 11 days!! Daughter A graduated high school and it was important to me to celebrate with them. It was super relaxing! I stayed in a timeshare 30 min from their home so I had some alone time. Which was perfectly fine with me! Between the beauty of Colorado and the refreshing time with long-time friends, I came home recharged. I met with my psychiatrist a little after I got back and he commented that my depression score was lower, making me realize just how much I needed that time away. I mean, I get away a lot and I live alone, but I usually get away for mission/service trips and when at home there are always so many things on the to-do list. Plus, the temps and scenery were much more enjoyable there! I did miss my cats A LOT though. LOL
For pictures of MI and CO, check out my other site: braggingonthelord.com