Lifestyle | 2017 Was...Well, Let Me Explain. Pt 2

"Time is filled with swift transition,
Naught of earth unmoved can stand,
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God's unchanging hand..."

Refrain from Hymn

Written by Jennie B. Wilson

Today's topic isn't a laughing good time as usual. It is undoubtedly somber and picks up right where I ended 2017...I've been discussing a few reflections I've come up with as the year comes to a close and here is my last reflection.

Reflection: Take a Hiatus and Learn to Deal With the Changes

It isn't my natural tendency to share things I consider negative. It isn't about hiding but more so it's about the fact that some losses are best shared with those you care about most. Sometimes some things are just so personal that there aren't any words even adequate (at the time) to express what you are feeling. Grief struck a huge blow and for a time, I just had to carry on with my daily functioning. Though internally, to the mental pits I sunk. As you can imagine after any period of grief, it was hard to just wake up one day, sit at a laptop and say, "Oooh, what will the Lippie of the Month theme be this month?" Everything just seemed so...........trivial. I just couldn't shake it. Well, that's until my birthday. The days leading up to my 33rd birthday were full of reflection. #HonestyHour, months have passed and it's still a struggle some days. Growing into the uncertainty does bring me a bit of peace. We're not in control, so learn when it is okay to just go with the flow. Whether the flow is an endless pool of tears or an uncontrollable fit of laughter, go with it.

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Thank you for being patient with me during this time of "swift transition!" With all of this change......I still smile. Life the hymnal opening this post, "Naught on Earth unmoved can stand" This means change is inevitable. One of these days we will no longer be able to indulge in this thing called life. Smile while you still have the chance.

Taken on the first day I was able to genuinely smile after the loss of my family's matriarch, my dear Mother.

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And with that, grinning from ear to ear for the rest of 2018,


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