2016 has truly been full of some of the most traumatic and stressful times in my adult days. A few months ago I had no idea if I was going to see another sunset. It was the darkest time of my life. I was lost, defeated and scared. Every night was a battle, not knowing what the outcome would be.

So many life changing events in a short amount of time. My fiancé and I broke up, I was living on my own for the first time taking over a huge rent payment while running a startup, my travel schedule was insane, more tragedies and heartbreak kept happening. I lost myself and many friends in between it all just trying to keep up with everything life was throwing at me.

I felt like I was losing my mind and then I found out why… I was faced with having a brain tumor. Too long, didn’t read version: everything is fine. I still have an awful time with my memory but I just blame that on being over thirty. It was a terrifying and hellish few months but I’m healthy and happier than ever. Thanks to the support of my true friends, coworkers, clients and family during this time. I would have never have been able to keep it all running on my own.

In more recent times, I am full of life, hope and light. I will fight tooth and nail for my happiness. No one will stand in my way of seeing the sunrise again. This is the life I was meant to experience… I’m now at peace with the bad and the good because it lead me to now.

Never let anyone or anything you may face in your life try to take away your light. Life is too damn short to be unhappy for yourself or for others. Some people find happiness in pie, music, mountain climbing or video games. Find your happy. Never try to destroy others happiness. It’s bad juju and gives you wrinkles. (It’s scientific!)

I know many of my friends are struggling to pull themselves out of the dark. It breaks my heart to see this. I’ve been in that hole. Life does get better and you can do this, it may take days, weeks or months and don’t worry if it’s 2017 already… no matter the time… don’t give up.

You are all amazing, talented ass kickers, sometimes life just kicks our asses and it’s okay. Most of the time it kicks us into the place we were meant to be. What you do with that is your choice…

Go on with your bad self…. Live. 

3 thoughts on “A Guide To Surviving The Rest of 2016: Never Give Up, Never Surrender.”

  1. Keep on keeping on! I know for me there has definitely been those moments this year so far, and I am definitely hoping it’s so I “can be where I’m meant to be”.

    Thanks for sharing your words and best wishes for the rest of the year!

  2. I remember you from SC. Rock on! There was a guy in college who’s parting words to me as he graduated were ‘Life is too short for dumb shit, so #!@% the dumb shit!’

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