About to say goodbye to 2019


I am ready to say goodbye to 2019. But before doing so, I must take a look at the journey I took this year to appreciate all the stops I have made.  A lot has happened that I did not understand and did not see coming.  Would I say these events made me stronger or blessed?  I am choosing both.

I have realized a long time ago that our misfortunes cannot destroy us.  If we remain positive, they can only take us to a stronger and higher level. I can attest to this as I am here more tenacious and ready to welcome 2020.

From all that occurred in 2019, I am only taking with me good memories. My two words to live a fulfilled life in 2019 were to “think” and to “save”. I have learned mindful thinking, and I have failed to save. My impulsive spending habits had won, but I am aware of my problem, and I am still working on it.

I kept my desire to improve my public speaking skills.  I participated in two contests where I was placed second in both at the Division level. I will not stop; I will continue that journey and plan to compete again in 2020.

In April 2019, I am humbled to say that I was honored by the senior leadership of my company as one Optum superhero 2018. It was a major recognition and I will treasure those three days I spent in Las Vegas forever.

Las Vegas, April 11, 2019, Optum Super Hero Recognition Dinner

On April 28, it was bittersweet to attend my former university nursing Induction ceremony. I have held the Vice President position of my chapter Lambda Iota for the past six years. Relocating to Florida will make it difficult to fulfill my duties. I will remain a Sigma member and hopefully, I will find a Chapter at Large to join where I will continue to grow and learn alongside great nurse leaders.

Lambda Iota, Kean University, Board of Directors

My daughter graduated with a Bachelor in Speech and Hearing in May 2019.  I am so proud as she is already embarking on grad school adventure.

My family and I traveled to Sint Marteen in July, where we took the time to appreciate each other, and enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer.

No matter how difficult this year was, I remain committed to my blog. Every week, I kept posting something and was pleased to read all your comments.

Happy and Blessed Holiday Season

I hope you were able to make the most of 2019.  Regardless of the difficulties, remember there’s more ahead than what’s behind. Let’s shake it off and be ready to welcome the successful year of 2020.


  1. Congratulations to you all. My brother is doing a similar course to what your daughter did in college. Happy Christmas and a new year to you and your family and friends.

  2. It looks that you have been gone through loads of things this year; the best part is you remained committed to your blogging. May 2020 is a beautiful and amazing year for you.

  3. Sounds like you’ve had an eventful 2019! My year has been very mixed – I was quite ill at the beginning of the year but I have taken some positive steps to getting to where I want to be too, which is very exciting! I’m very much looking forward to 2020…

  4. Your 2019 recap was so inspirational and I do believe that taking a risk at a dream can be extremely rewarding. By the way you look so gorgeous in all of your pics.

  5. This was a year of a lot of changes for our family (LD diagnosis for one daughter/shift to new school, my mama moving in with us while recovering from surgery etc), so I know what you mean about needing to reflect on all the positives despite the rough spots. Congrats on your work honor and esp on those public-speaking accolades – those are amazing accomplishments and you should be so proud!

    • I hope you do like me, Flossie and learn and grow from the challenges of 2019. I believe that you and your family will have a healthy and prosperous 2020.

  6. Thank you for sharing your great year. I plan to improve my public speaking skills thus, I just enrolled to Sha Nacino’s online course. I am so excited and positive that 2020 will be our best year to come. Happy New Year!

  7. Life is full of ups and downs and we must face each challenge headstrong. I am happy to read about the events the past year has given you. You are blessed with a beautiful family and accomplishments that others can only dream of. Wishing you the best in this coming year!

  8. I love the idea of taking the good of 2019 with us into 2020 and leaving the rest behind. Wishing you and your beautiful family a joyous new year.

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful 2019 and wishing you an incredible 2020 too! Happy New Year and keep us inspiring with your work.

  10. Really lovely, I`ve always loved reading your post,I don`t always leave a comment but this time I felt it should be done to let you know there are people out here enjoying your journeys.


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