Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hope that you spend your days and they all add up...

On August 17, 2015, I missed a day of work. It was due to illness.

The next day, I went in to work and said to Mark, "I think this is gonna be my last day."

Later that morning, my supervisor came and asked me to come with him, and we took a trip down to the second floor conference room. 45 minutes later, I was in my car and crying my eyes out. I had managed to lose my job of 19 years.

It's still taking some time for me to get over it. I got a new job in October and I'm so, so lucky to have gotten someone to give me a chance and hire me, but it was a real blow to my confidence. I learned, really learned, that I'm replaceable.


It's been a year. My dear Aunt Linda died, and my beautiful cousin drank herself to brain damage. I didn't get out of bed for a month after losing my job. I truly thought I wouldn't get through the pain, and I was terrified that I would lose myself to depression again.

But I didn't. I don't know how it happened. I managed to stick around and tough it out and I'm still here and mostly whole.

I stuck around long enough to find out my brother is in remission! I didn't realize how the worry was hanging over my head until I got the wonderful news. There are still blessings in the world.

Also, next week, I'm moving. AGAIN. This time, hopefully, I'm moving to my forever home.

And yesterday, we were finally, FINALLY told that Dwayne can get new knees. The doctors lagged on and on for years because he was too young. Sooo, there's at least one good thing about getting older! He's now 48 years old and soon may be able to walk again. 

Hope is a wonderful thing.

So, on this last day of the year, I'm grateful. I'm so grateful to have my job and my family and a roof over my head. Even though I lost family again this year, I'm ever so grateful to have had them in my life. 

I'm counting my blessings, and I'm thankful for possibilities.

Have a wonderful new year.


  1. Wowweee, back at your sea? Hopefully no floor squatters come to your forever home lol then they'd be there forever.

    There is good with the bad indeed and yep, we are easily replaceable in the job market. Ugg to those sobs on top.

    1. LOL you're right, banning all floor-sleepers!

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    1. Hey! Customer Care Rep for Humana...a couple dollars less per hour, but better benefits and it will eventually move to a work-at-home position. I'm cautiously hopeful that I don't get fired again. :)

  3. Overjoyed to see your post! You've had some serious challenges this year and come through with admirable strength. Glad to hear Dwayne will walk again. Also glad to hear you're working with Humana, a good company. Humana gave me a generous discount on my first-ever pair of hearing aids 3 weeks ago --the world doesn't mumble anymore and they mask out much of my tinnitus. You can help a lot of people in that job. As California approaches midnight, I send all my best wishes to you, Michelle. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much Geo.! That's the thing I'm really excited about, getting to help people. I can't wait to get out of training (13 weeks of training) and get started.

  4. Happy new year !
    Let this year bring smiles on your face all through out, let you be happy, positive and persistently optimistic even if some unlikely events of temporary misfortune strike, let you remain happy blogging consistently :)

    1. Hey, Raj, thank you so much! I promise I am endeavoring to blog more consistently this year.
      You are so right, now I'm in a good place, and I can see a future. :)

    2. haha, cool calling me Raj...:)
      Thanks for the beautiful comment you wrote on my blog. Nice writing style :)
      Happy new year !

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    1. Sangay, Happy (Belated) New Year to you too!