Well, I have made it to another year and I truly feel blessed. I’ve had my challenges and my triumphs. But, I can honestly say that this was a year of learning life lessons, digging deep to truly understanding myself and my interactions with others (which is what I think your 30’s are all about anyway). It is a journey, this thing called life/wisdom, and I am glad that I get to travel this road. It is mine and I own it with all of its beauty and faults. As a single parent of two I find that my bad days always turn into good days when one of my children does something silly or smiles or whatever. They truly make a difference in my life in a positive way. For so long I chased after the dream of a traditional family and held onto a relationship with their father for far too long but, while he was in and out, they were always there. I am not sure how my life would have been if I did not have them, I can only assume–and remember what they say about assuming. I know that I am a better person that they are here; they have kept me focused and grounded. Children force you to really self-reflect and they peel through all of the layers. So, although it is my birthday, I want to celebrate them. They are my motivation, strength, blood, sweat, and tears. They are my heart and I am rocking this thing called “Single Parenthood”!