Tuesday, December 21, 2010

breakin down the walls to the impossible

Hi, friends. It's story time.

One of my first friends in high school, J Bizz (no, that's not her real name, but I've called her that for so long I don't even remember her first name...just kidding, it's Jessica. I think.), is also one of the very few high school friends I've stayed close with. I don't see her often, but the bond is still there. I know that I could call her if I needed to, and can always count on for a laugh or encouragement.

In all the years I've known J Bizz, we've had several very silly and also very serious conversations- boys, Beyonce, etc. But one of the frequent topics of conversation was her goal to graduate from the University of Michigan. Anyone who knew her knew that this was her dream, and she was GOING to reach it.

J Bizz worked her little butt off. Nothing was handed to her, nothing was easy. She had several obstacles in her way, but she conquered every single one. In stilleto heels :) After spending a few years studying at UofM Dearborn, she officially transfered to Michigan in the fall of 2008. We were all excited for her then, her dream was getting closer. Well, folks, I am happy to announce that on Sunday, December 19th, Miss Jessica graduated from the University of Michigan.

Seeing her in the cap and gown nearly made me cry. I am so very proud of her. She is an inspiration! She is living proof that if you set your mind to something and work hard towards your goal, you can do it. My little J Bizz Beyonce, I am so proud of you. You will always be one of my best friends. Good luck, my dear. I know you will do amazing things in life.

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Her story has really inspired me. I've had a rough few days emotionally. I'm just in a place that I like to call "stuck". Nothing is terrible but nothing is particularly rainbows and butterflies, either. I get into these worry fits about "what ifs" which are not good for anyone. BUT, today while thinking about J Bizz and her accomplishments, I came up with a solution. I hope.

2010 has been rough. I want 2011 to be better. But I don't just want it to be better, I'm going to make it better. I'm focusing on health and happiness in 2010. Yes, that may seem broad, but just trust me on this one. I made a list of all the things that will make me happy, and not worry as much. Then under each bullet point I made small goals to accomplish. Example:
-Improve my social life
-make it a point to call Christine, Sarah, Dean, etc.
-Join St. Hugo Young Adult Group

Make sense? Good. Thanks again, J Bizz.

Peace, love, and dreams.


Shari said... Add Reply

Such a good idea! It's so easy to make resolutions, but adding those specific goals to them takes things to the next level. It doesn't just make sense, it makes complete sense. I'm sorry 2010 has been rough for you. I can relate to that feeling of being stuck, and I know how painful it can be. That said - you have accomplished some amazing things this year, and I hope you're proud of that. I just know you'll continue to do the same in 2011 :)

Anonymous said... Add Reply

-Play volleyball with my sister