Friday, September 30, 2011

Personal Bill of Rights


  • I have the right NOT to be abused, neglected, humiliated, used, taken for granted, and insulted.
  • I have the right to be angry over past wrong doings.
  • I have the right to choose to change the situation.
  • I have the right to request and expect assistance, a shoulder to cry on, and empowered support from friends, family, and my fellow beautiful women sisters.
  • I have the right to share my feelings and experiences, and not be isolated from others.
  • I have the right to want and expect something better.
  • I have the right to be treated like an adult.
  • I have the right to leave the hurtful environment.
  • I have the right to express my own thoughts and feelings.
  • I have the right to develop my individual talents and abilities.
  • I have the right not to be perfect.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

All in two weeks, folks.....

Paid my rent. Bought beautiful new bedroom furniture, including a queen sized bed and mattress. And yesterday a tire blew out on my way home from work, so now I need to get four new tires for my truck this weekend.

When it rains it pours!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Saw this on someone's Facebook status, and it really resonated with me.

Did you know that those who appear to be really strong... really are the most sensitive....did you know that those who spend all their time protecting and helping others.... sometimes really need someone to protect and be there for them. ... did you know that three of the hardest things to say are... I love you, I am sorry and Help me.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Employee of the Month

I have been at my new job for only 2 months now, but I've got to say that this has been the best job I've ever had! I love my work...the people I get to help through my therapy...my coworkers...my hours...and the money that I'm making. I am so grateful to be doing what I'm doing.

Yesterday, the general manager calls me on the phone to congratulate me for being the Employee of the Month! It just doesn't get any better than that.....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Awesome

Yesterday, I posted a picture of myself on my Facebook. It was just some random shot I took of myself sitting out on the deck. An old co-worker of mine saw it, and commented that it seems like I'm getting younger!

I think the reason has got to be how great I'm feeling on the inside lately. The past two months have been amazing. I've gone from being this wretchedly betrayed woman seriously on the brink of complete despair to someone who is now feeling so fulfilled and grateful.

I'm glad that despite everything, I hung in there. I'm glad that I kept believing in myself. I'm glad that the word Hope was my constant mantra.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Expanding my experiences

The new job has opened up my hours. Before, I used to work every evening, every holiday, every weekend.....in other words, every opportunity for actually having a life.

Now I have off on Monday, and I have Wednesday and Saturday evenings free. And it's looking like I'm just flat out gonna go for it, and lose my one single day at the restaurant on Sunday.

I've been going out and doing things. There are my trips to Laurel Hill Cemetery. I just went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday for the first time since I was a teen. And I'm going to a concert at Pennypack Park on Wednesday. I have other ideas for places I'm going to go to in the near future.....places that are of cultural or historic interest, and places that just seem like they'd be a lot of fun.

I hadn't realized just how profound of a void I've been living in until I'm not there anymore. Yeah, I realized that my opportunities had been severely limited because of my restaurant hours. Yeah, I realized that I was probably missing out on a whole lot of "normal" life experiences. But I didn't know just how much until recently.

I'm also realizing that I finally have the time to explore my other latent passions, like creating artwork and researching topics of interest. I'm also going to have the financial resources to make all of this happen.

Life still isn't perfect. But at least now I feel like I can breathe.