Guess who’s turning 45 on January 13? That would be me! I can’t believe what a difference five years makes but these past years have been pretty good.
Five years ago when I first start blogging, one of my first posts was about turning 40. In the post I shared my thoughts on where I thought I should be in my life. Owning a house with a white picket fence and a dog named Rover, becoming a big time fashion designer in Paris, France, getting back on my feet full-time, and marrying Prince Charming were all on my list of what I’d envisioned for myself at the age of 40.
None of my goals had come to pass “back” then but I still managed to accomplished many things in which I’m very proud of.
I moved into my very first apartment a bit prior to 40. While there, I got a job doing multiple duties at Goodwill (note: my employer was named Goodwill when I first started), ironically I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Ohio which would not have happened if I was on my feet full-time and although I hadn’t met Prince Charming, I was having fun dating!
My life was cool at 40 but I’m happy to say it has gotten even better! Let me start by letting you know I met a great guy and let’s just call him, Prince Darryl. He’s truly my soul mate. Remember that house I wanted to own? My guy and I bought it last May! Ranch style, major appliances included, attached garage, two bathrooms (one with a roll-in-shower), picture window, three bedrooms with one dedicated just for all my shoes. Haven’t got Rover yet but I foresee him in my very near future and he will be named Tiny.
I’m now the Public Relations Assistant at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley providing disability 101 talks, blogs and customer services about programs we offer to the community. I’ve also been blessed being sought out throughout the state to present, emcee events and share my stories of life and topics that impact people with disabilities.
As far as getting back on my feet, I’m back! It’s not a full-time thing but I’m grateful for the steps I’ve been taking on my walker. If I keep on keeping on and stepping a little at a time, it can only get better.
Becoming a big time fashion designer in Paris, France wasn’t in the cards for me but I still love to shop! Fashion is my passion.
I’m convinced that if you’re not where you think you should be it’s because there’s much more growing you need to do. When it’s time for you to move and receive your blessings, you won’t have to find them instead they will find you. I tell you this from personal experience. Be encouraged and know you are where you should be. It only takes a second to change your circumstance. I feel forty-five is going to be a even greater age for me.