“Challenges mak…

“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch beyond the norm.”

~Cicely Tyson, an actress near and dear to my heart

I know from my own experiences that this is true.  This journey of life is NOT for the faint of heart.  It is so full of ups and downs, but the bad times can help us to appreciate when things are good that much more.

I have had a couple of speed bumps on my road of life and I know what it is like to live in the dark, but there is something that is never lost Even in the darkest times and that is FAITH.  Through prayer and faith I was able to find light and hope.  I know that I am a better person and my struggles have made me stronger than I EVER knew I was.  Now I value my family, friends, and my life more than ever.

This is only the beginning.  I feel like I have SO much to look forward to, but with that will come an overflowing cup of challenges.  I am grateful for the lessons I have learned from my past and I have FAITH that these challenges that I will face on my journey will prepare me for my future and make me even better than I am (hopefully I will finesse my writing more and not use as many run-on sentences =).

When you are in the midst of a struggle I challenge you to find a way to face it rather than turning away… Eventually walking away might be the best solution, but try to learn as much as you can from the experience.  The lessons learned from hard times are often invaluable.

I hope you are all enjoying this new year.  Today was ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS with blue skies and sunshine.  I have a feeling this is gonna be a good year.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

~Alana

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