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“February 27, 2013 when I settled in Orlando after 15 years absence. It took me a few months to adapt to my new home, a new environment and the crowd. Lots of growth and new beginnings entered my horizon this year. Accepting that my mom’s health is continuing to decline with little hope of recovery. Sam’s first job and currently her only job as a Winn Dixie cashier, one she loves. My First trip to Europe to the Northern Coast of Ireland. And resigning my position m the organization I founded back in 2011.These and other events were some benchmark changes that wrapped itself around 2013. 

As the year comes to a halt and sitting here on my balcony looking over the sunset. I realize how grateful I am for having some wonderful people in my life. Some friendships continue to grow and blossom and some lost. For some of you, the friendships extends to decades and for some not so long. Nevertheless all the joy and wisdom you brought to my life is invaluable. In times of calm, storm, laughter, ponder and reminisce, I appreciate you all the same.

2014! What a year it will be and what surprises are in store for me! Samantha Graduates high school June 3, 2014, at the ripe age of 18. Randy gets his AA degree in Summer 2014, at the youthful age of 22. My goodness, I simply cannot believe my luck and yes it is luck with prayer That both my kids have grown and little by little starting to define their journey. I am looking forward to this new year with anticipation and new beginnings.

As 2014 comes to a close I am hoping to have finally close one important chapter. The chapter where I had to pay off my debts from a divorce. This would have officially spanned 7 years to dig myself out of a hole Bitter? Not at all. I know each experience makes me grow stronger and more tolerable. Things happens for a reason, one I did not know at the time, but I think I know now. Love myself first, focus on my priorities, stand up for myself and be vulnerable.  

If I had to live my life over knowing what I know now, would I have chosen the same? Probably not, but this gives me an opportunity to share what I have learned with others. So they can chose for themselves, but at least they will know a lot more than I did. As I glance back, I only take what will help me in my future and leave the rest behind. The only time that matters is right now, right here, right where I am. Everything else can change, fade and become unnecessary. So for now, It is Just for Today…right now..right here.”

From the Collection on writings from Sukree Boodram December 2013newbeginnings