Friday, October 1, 2010

Three Hundred Sixty Five

On October 1, 2009, the world lost a great man. Papa passed away, and so began an extraordinarily life-altering 52 weeks.

In 1 short year, 365 days, things took a turn for a place I never dreamed. It went a little something like this...

Papa dies
End a three and a half year relationship with B
Meet T
Fall head over heels and enter a relationship quickly
Become more strongly committed to my church than ever before
Expand Hems & Hers to include inventory, not just custom orders
Bid a bittersweet adieu to a best friend following her dream in the big city
Aunt Adrienne passes away following a battle with lung cancer and unsuccessful double lung transplant
I begin seriously entertaining the thought of leaving my ad agency
Interview for various positions
Visit Papaw for the last time
Fall more deeply in love with Hems & Hers
Papaw passes away following a grueling war with melanoma
Grow closer and closer with my family
Decide to take a leap of faith and employ myself
Give my two-weeks notice
Lose Mimi
Spend an incredible few days in Louisiana saying goodbye to an incredible woman
Walk out the doors of the agency for the last time
See Hems & Hers hit boutique racks across the Southeast
Feel more fear and trepidation than I knew was possible
Let go of my relationship with T (previously, the Beau) indefinitely as I tread cautiously, yet confidently in a direction of faith, humility and blessing

If 365 days can have this sort of impact - from goodbyes to hellos and everything in between - there's no telling what the next batch holds.


QueenBeeSwain said...

... that which does not kill us... and this is not lip service; you are one of the bravest girls I know.

big breath, big sigh, one thing at a time. keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


Ams said...

What a year!
I am thinking of you my friend :)
Good things are to come!!

Anonymous said...

That's one heck of a year, hope the next one is the best one yet!

Her Preppiness said...

What a year. It can only get better.

REBrown said...

You've accomplished a lot in just one year! I'm a new reader and in the past year I've loved following your blog!


USCEmily said...

Wow- that's a lot for one year. I'm sorry to hear the part about T. I knew I hadn't heard anything about him on the blog your past few posts and I was wondering if something may have happened. I hope you are at peace with it.
Lots of love being sent your way :-)

USCEmily said...

Oh, and MAJOR bummer about your teams today. The endings in both were the pits :-(

AEOT said...

What a year! I hope that everything is okay with the end of the relationship, though it is always hard. Hems and hers will surely blossom to even greater things this year!!

kels said...

to echo everyone else's sentiments- what a year!

you are such an inspiration. keep the faith- God's got great things in store for you.

The Shabby Princess said...

I love you.

You are amazing. You've had a rough year for sure, but, look at what you've done--you're amazing.

Keep your chin up, keep smiling and know that the journey continues--things will get better.

love you sugar!

Ya'll And Yanks said...

Hello Sunshine! You know I don't call you that without a reason. You are definitely like a fine wine that will only get better with age. You know that our experiences make us who we are and we must pray victory over ourselves even when others are doing that for us. Love ya oodles and oodles!!

DSS said...

Good heavens friend! Your 365 have been much more heart wrenching/exciting/challenging than mine for sure. And how did I miss this about T?? It sounds like you stand behind your decision, and I admire your strength...ALWAYS :)

Heather said...

You have had a big year and I have enjoyed reading about both the ups and downs. Here's to more ups!