aMAYzing Changes Ahead

And just like that, May is coming to a close…  This has been an exciting month full of so many changes and with the changes comes some stress, but it has all been worth-it.  A year ago, I thought I was moving to Portland, Oregon which would have been a simple move.  Little did I know we would actually be moving to Portland, Maine.  Before that we went to Florida then made our way up to Maine.  The best part is the fact that we decided to go the day before and set off on our adventure on June 1st 2018.

At the end of 2018 I thought that I would be returning to Maine, but ended up going to Scottsdale, Arizona.  It was perfect weather wise when we arrived, but the temperature quickly turned up.

I started dreaming of a place that would be even better than there back in March and now I am here!

I thought it would be fun to reflect on the month of May through the years.  This gives me a chance to see how far I have come and to celebrate the progress that has been made.  Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

May 2013: We All Have Cracks, But That’s Where the Light Shines In

This was the first May that I had this blog, but I had no computer so I was rarely able to post.  In fact nearly all of my posts before 2015 were  created on my phone.  I was struggling hard this year, but was determined to make it even if I had to work 4 jobs  and take the bus to save money.

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This was me in May of 2013

May 2014: Raw Thoughts

2014 was another challenging year for me, but thankfully things got better as time went on.  I had started commuting for the job that paid me the most, but my car broke down that March and it felt like another bombshell had dropped.  That May I felt like I was buried deep in the struggle, but I was fighting to keep my head above water.  By June my life would start improving dramatically.

Piecing my life together

May 2015: Get Lost Then Find Another Way

2015 was an exciting year for me.  I was finally able to start piecing together those dreams and take take steps towards making them come true.  I got accepted into a University and got a new full time job which allowed me to lessen my hours at a work place that was mistreating me.  I also helped buy our 1st house!  I still feel inspired by my own words in this post.

2015 was the year when my life started improving ❤

May 2016: When You Stop Growing It Is Time To Get Going

May is clearly a month for dramatic changes.  2016 was especially challenging because I was working full-time at a high school and also a full-time student myself.  Additionally, my partner got a job north of Seattle so we got a place up north to avoid that work commute and we only saw each other on the weekends.  I am so glad that we made it through that distance, but it wasn’t easy.  I finally made the choice to quit working and focus on school full-time and it was the best decision I could have ever made.  I also FINALLY got out of the aquatics department.

I’m not gonna lie…  2016 was another challenging year for me.

May 2017: Humiliation to the Highest Degree

May 2017 was another heart breaker.  I was in a long distance relationship once again because my partner was working in New Zealand.  I stayed back for school and to watch our house and our cats.  Both of my parents were in the hospital because my mom broke her arm while my dad was in the hospital.  At the beginning of that month one of my professors passed away which felt like a tragedy and a lost and that week I tore my hamstring and could not walk for awhile.  I was also hit with one ailment after another.  This was the year that I realized that I needed to change because my stress was making me sick.  It kept on getting worse until I started making healthy changes for myself.

2017 was a sad and memorable year.  It was my true turning point when I started to believe in myself!

May 2018: Raw Thoughts

May of 2018 was sad because my dad had to start dialysis.  It was also happy because we sold our first house and were getting ready to embark on a series of grand adventures!

This was my 1st time wearing shorts (in public) in years!

May 2019:

And now here I am!  Thrilled to begin another exciting chapter in my life!  I got to spend the very last day of May moving into my new home in a dream location that I used to dream of visiting for just a few days!

It was fun to look back and reflect on how I have evolved through the years in the month of May!  I am ready for some aMAYzing changes ahead so stay tuned!

If you could sum up the month of may in a word or phrase what would you say?  Please comment below!

❤ Alana


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