Due to the fact that my thoughts are simply all over the place this evening, this post will be in list form. Hopefully my train of thought won't be nearly as derailed tomorrow!
1.) Most importantly, my mom found out good news about her breast cancer prognosis yesterday afternoon. Although her entire situation is scary and unfortunate, we found out that her cancer has been confirmed as Stage 1 and is extremely slow-growing. She is still anxious and sad, but not nearly as distraught as she was on Tuesday. Our entire household is slowly calming down over this matter and putting things into perspective, which is a big step towards helping my mother overcome this disease. My mother's lumpectomy has been scheduled for June 7th, which will signal the beginning of the end to this hard time in her life. Thanks to all of you for the outpouring of prayers and support. You are all truly wonderful.
I've recently delved into the works of Maya Angelou, who is exactly who she writes of: a phenomenal woman. I believe this quote speaks directly to my mother:
You may encounter many defeats,
but you must not be defeated.
In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats,
so you can know who you are,
what you can rise from,
how you can still come out of it.
2.) I've been using this past week at home after leaving my job as a week to spend time with my mom, get back into a fitness routine, and compile my writing portfolio. I feel at peace with my decision to give myself the summer off from the responsibility and time constraints of a part-time job. I've even put together my first resume- success!
3.) Speaking of success, a small yet notable achievement occurred for me last week. When I returned home from work, a large envelope was waiting for me on the kitchen table. Assuming it was a packet of information from GCSU, I tore it open, not expecting any exciting contents within. To my surprise, it was the newest issue of Teen Ink magazine, with a letter from the editor enclosed! A poem I had uploaded online months ago had been published in the magazine, and I was congratulated for my work. Just as I had hit a stubborn plateau with my writing, this little bit of good news renewed my vigor and enthusiasm to return to the paper and pen.
Alright, I feel like I'm rambling. This blog will soon be full of interesting pictures, outfit photos, shopping finds, band articles, etc. I feel like things are getting back to normal and I'll have my focus back 100% by the weekend. I love all of my readers for sticking with me and continuing to keep your interesting in what I have to say. Thank you!
By the way, watch this music video. Every song by Everybody Else reminds me of summertime, but this one is exceptionally great. I love the vintage feel of the video!