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It’s A New Year and A New Start

It's A New Year and A New Start

2017 was definitely a year to be remembered but also to be forgotten. By that I mean I will hold onto and cherish all the wonderful times, and file away the not so good ones. I found love, and then lost it, but I got through it. I was admitted the hospital for the first time in my life, and diagnosed with pancreatitis, and ended up making two separate 3-day stays over a span of 9 days, but now I’m healthy again. I started a company in January and unfortunately it did not succeed and we pulled the plug around July. But I was fortunate to return to one of my former employers, Comedy Driving, and the owner could not be a better boss and friend, and I’m thankful for that. My car was in 3 accidents (none were my fault), and after some time in the shop, it still looks like new, and drives just as good as it did before. My house took on damage from Hurricane Harvey, but luckily insurance and FEMA are allowing me to restore things back to how they were, and in some cases, even better than before. I buried another 9-10 friends this year, 2 were suicides, no matter how many people I bury each year (and I’ve buried well over 100 by now), it never gets easier. If you’re sad, depressed or going through tough times, you can reach out to me anytime, and I will be there to listen and help in any way I can. I’m thankful for my family, all of them, both extended and immediate. I have some amazing siblings, nieces and nephews whom I love dearly. I have the most wonderful parents that anyone could ever wish for, and they reached a HUGE milestone this year, they celebrated 50 years of marriage. My parents have been, and always will be, the most important people in my life. I can truly say that I can depend on them through just about anything I encounter in my life, they are always a call or a short drive away, and words cannot express how much they mean to me. 2017 was by far the toughest year I’ve ever encountered, and my parents are the main reason I got through it. I’m also very thankful for all my friends, new and old. So many of you reached out to me this year to make sure I was “OK” and offered your thoughts, prayers, condolences and help. I never have, nor will I ever, take any family or friendship for granted. I appreciate every single person who has been a part of my life, not just in 2017 but my entire life. With that being said, it’s time for a New Year, New Beginnings, New Challenges and I wish each and every one of you the best in 2018. I love you all more than you know!

Shoutout to Ryan Shaw for the awesome drawing!!

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