On the way to my new home; almost there.


2022 was a rough year. I got to experience homelessness for several months out of the year with my mother, though we were blessed to have a vehicle to sleep in, and some of that time we were allowed to stay at friends’ houses. I learned what nerve damage feels like, and I learned the limits of my physical strength and stamina.

Despite finding a job, I was unable to get us on our feet and had no financial help doing so until the end of the year. Family ties became more strained, I discovered toxic sides of someone I thought I could trust, new people came into our lives for the better and for the worse, and I was threatened into leaving someone I love very much behind to move to a new home. I lost touch with my friends on social media, with this blog, and with my review service.

Honestly, I wouldn’t piss on 2022 if it were on fire. In fact, if I could take a match to 2022 and burn it up, I would.

At least, that’s how I felt upon initial reflection.

There are always silver linings. When life gets hard, it’s important to look for them and for lessons to be learned. There were many times I started to sink into despair, but my higher power and my desire to grow helped pull me back up . . . as did the knowledge that no matter how bad I had it, it could have been much worse. Spite and stubbornness helped a lot too. I’ve never claimed to be perfect.

A lot of good came out of 2022. I met my soul mate. I learned more about myself and my need to set boundaries. I was challenged to step outside of my comfort zone and I’m happier and stronger for it. I met some great new friends and grew closer to God. I was blessed with multiple sources of income. At the end of the year, everything worked out so that I had a multitude of blessings and a new perspective on life. 

Of course, a new set of challenges have presented themselves, not the least among them having to learn how to budget my time now that I have so much more on my plate. 2022 showed me that I have a lot more growing up to do, a lot more to learn, and a lot to correct in my life. I’ve changed, not altogether for the better, but I’m still growing and I’m starting to learn how to truly look forward and stand on my own.

This blog probably won’t go back to the weekly posting schedule I once ran it on. There’s simply too much for me to do, but I’ll post as often as I can. The same goes for my review website. So, you can certainly look forward to more content being posted, just not at the previous rate. Looking back here with fresh eyes, I see a lot of room for improvement. I look forward to continuing this blog and seeing what lies ahead. 

May your New Year be bright and hopeful.