Merriam-Webster defines the word Thrive as: 1. to grow vigorously, flourish; 2. to gain in wealth or possessions 3. to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.
I cannot think of a better word to describe my life right now. Because right now – I thrive. Through the muck and the mess and the pain and the heartache and tears and battles and ….the everything this past year has been. I am thriving in every aspect of my life.
And sometimes that is the was life happens. Many times it is cyclical – we go through a bad time, only to be rewarded with more happiness and love than we can imagine – but only if we learned our lessons from the hard times and do not repeat the same mistakes. These times of good remind us that we truly need to hold on and have faith in the rough times, because they won;t last, even when they seem to go on forever. We have to always have hope that somewhere the sun is shining. and it is only a matter of time before those rays of sunshine and joy come across our face.
Spiritually, which is one of the most important to me, I am doing well. I am incredible grateful for the opportunities which God has given to me. Every day I meditate, pray and have conversations with God. And every day my faith grows.
My personal life is going well, as there is love all around. Nothing like dating a horrible man who uses prostitutes ad strippers to teach you what you are worth. And after going through that whole mess, I have learned what red flags to watch out for and I know when to make my exit. And now that all that of that drama is gone, there is room for the truly wonderful. I am having much fun exploring the possibilities
Friendships are going well and are strengthening. I beyond blessed with the best, most loyal, hardest working, deepest unconditional loving people in my life. And they are flourishing too. The thing is about friends is that you help each other When one is donw, the others who are up lend support and a helping hand. That is the way it works. Loyalty is repaid with loyalty.
And my professional life is booming. I have been given the an amazing opportunity with Turner – the only writer on a $30 million project. It is overwhelming in every good way possible. While I have done similar projects, I have never done one on this scale, with this much visibility, and this much importance. It will be challenging and I will have some adjustments, but I can do it. The team is amazing, everyone is one point and it is one of the most fun places to work yet. They know how to treat their people.
The only thing with which I still struggle? That last 10 pounds. But joining a new gym should fix that, as now there are no more excuses…the
dreadmill, er, I mean treadmill is calling me. But before things were crazy, I loved running. I loved the way it made my body feel and the challenge of a good run. The runnere’s high is that and makes me happy. Not too mention it is a great stress reliever and I could use more muscle tone everywhere.
But this wonderful place I am in now, thriving, has not been without cost. I spent so many days and nights working my tail off and taking care of both my parents. Went through a horrible toxic relationship and break up and more tears and heartache than I thought one person could endure. Bat all bad tings must coe to an end.
So when you get discouraged that life will never improve, know that it is only temporary. The bad will not last. It will not be like this in 6 months, one year, two years, 10 years from now. Get rid of toxic people, cut the drama out, have faith, pray, meditate and work your bum off. There is hope.
And when you get to the other side of the struggle, you too will THRIVE.