Since it’s been nearly a year since my last post, I’m taking this opportunity to start over.  Anyone who has had any contact with me the last few years (direct or otherwise) knows what a dark time it was for me.  Sure, it had several shining moments, but at the end of the day, I would go to bed exhausted and with little strength to face the next day.  So my apologies for my negativity.  No more of that.

After 27 long years, I can finally say I have moved into the adult world.  It is certainly an adjustment, and while there may be days I long for the simple life of childhood, this is where I’m meant to be.  I’m finally where I wanted to be many moons ago, and while it is certainly not the ideal I built up in my 10-year-old head, I can honestly say I love what I do.

My biggest challenge has been curbing my judgment.  Not something I’m proud of, but being aware makes it easier.  Whenever something frustrates me, I try to put myself into the client’s shoes and see things from their point of view.  Sometimes I can’t, in which case it’s a matter of accepting and moving on, focusing on what I have to do and what I have to work with to help the animal.  The times I can understand, it makes things more bearable.  The few things I can’t accept I work around or simply ask to be removed from the case.  Every day is a new day and a new opportunity to be a better person.

On the side, I also have my jewelry business through Premier Designs.  I would love to say that I make and design all the jewelry that I sell, but alas, ’tis not my lot in life.  Instead, I get to leave that to the experts and focus on reaching out and serving others.  Working for a company that truly believes in service over sales and putting people first is truly a blessing.  Not only does it help bring in a little additional income to help cover bills, it allows me to love on people.  Plus, I get to have fun and play in jewelry, which seriously, what girl wouldn’t love that?

It’s way too easy to look back on the last four years of vet school and be sad, angry, or frustrated with events that occurred, but in the end, what purpose does that serve?  I have to choose to be positive and smile at all the good things that happen.  I have a wonderful family who loves and supports me, an amazing husband who listened to me gripe on end, two little mouse angels watching over me, and two guinea pigs and three rats who make me smile every day with their antics and love.  I have fabulous friends who, despite being spread across the globe, are still close to my heart and not a day goes by when I don’t think about them and smile.

The future is bright, but ultimately it is the now where life is lived.  Every moment is a blessing, and perhaps by staying on top of posting here, I hope to continue on the path of love.