I was given an award for outstanding alumni. Had to go down to New Orleans and give a speech (which I sobbed through and then realized everyone else was crying right along with me) I’ll post it here for you to read. Along with some photos. Anyway, we stayed at the Windsor in New Orleans and I mean … really?! So fancy.
We also went to the aquarium and of course I became to attached to an animal.
But we wrapped it all up having fun, as usual.
I know I dont have a lot of time, and id like to apologize in advance if I get emotional. Ill try to properly give due to how your school has been integral in changing my life. Three short years ago, after seven years of marriage my husband and I decided that we were completely different people and opted to quit putting on happy faces for the crowd. We ended our marriage and with it came epic amounts of loss and strenuous rebirth. I spent a few weeks feeling wholly homeless, sleeping on couches and bartering my room for chores around friends homes. My father passed away after a very slow, expensive, spiritually damaging health decline, not assisted by his addictions. My younger sister who has and will always be the light of my life brought into our world the most beautiful ray of sunshine I have ever had the honor of meeting. Shortly after my father left this stage of existence my mother was rediagnosed with breast cancer. It was metastatic, there was no treatment. There would be no “get better” options. She was not going to be with us very long. While all of this was throwing my world upside down, my sister and I decided it was time for school! She had a six month old beautiful baby boy, we had one car, I was working two jobs. I cant say we have ever been very good at timing. Before deciding to transfer to Unitech Training Academy, we started taking night classes at another technical college. Something was always missing from my educators there. That something we f!ound with you!
Your job as instructors is so important. Without realizing you transformed me, you helped change my life. Your walls gave me a home, and a way to build my own after I’d left you. By dedicating your time and energy with me you gave me the tools I needed to be where I am now. January 22 of this year after two years of heart breaking struggle my mom lost her battle with breast cancer. She would have been so proud of me in this moment. So proud to see me 28, healthy, still single, independent, a business owner, I’m being rewarded here sharing my story with you, I’ve been highlighted and then featured in Natural Awakenings magazine. Because of you I own my own thriving, financially lucrative business. Because of your job as instructors im building my own home, spiritually and physically. You have changed my direction, you have given me a future. One that i probably dont have the words for just yet. But am e!ternally grateful for none the less. !
At the end of this year i begin training in alternative and holistic medicine. Maybe next time you see me ill have a few more initials at the end of my name. With the ever constant support of friends like the one who is here with me today, I was able to take my first steps with you . Thank you.
I didn’t get to actually go to BED in April, but this event counts so I’m marking it off.
I’d built an herb garden and it started out promising.
Then the weather turned horrible and it was destroyed by hail. Plus my schedule is silly busy.
But I had fun putting it together. Anyway, I’ve been sick for two days now. It’s very difficult to get out of bed and doubly difficult to have an 8 year old, a cat and 5 dogs to tend to. Send me bubbles!
All my love