A few weekends ago, Nick and I traveled to the Isle of Palms to spend a long weekend with my mom's side of the family. It was one of the best times of fellowship and relaxation I've had this year. Even though the ocean was too cold for swimming, we were still able to soak up some rays on the beach. Nick and I also spent one afternoon in nearby Charleston and toured around the downtown area. The weather was perfect and we indulged in some yummy seafood! Here's a collage of our trip followed by a group shot of the whole family! I'm hoping this is the start of a tradition because it was truly a great time!
After returning from our trip, I had a few days of freedom before starting my new job! I'm now into my third week of working for a company where I deal directly with e-commerce. I'm truly loving it. I have a lot to learn ahead of me, but I'm enjoying the challenge and the knowledge I'm gaining of the industry. I'm definitely grateful for a new start in a new career!
Since starting my new job, I've tried to still make time for things that bring me goodness! Boy, can finding that balance be hard! I recently joined a book club, have been involved in the Everyday Happy e-course, started dabbling in an art journal again and started volunteering with the National Eating Disorders Association. This past weekend, I even had the opportunity to attend a blogger meet up! It was held at a cute boutique in Raleigh called Vestique and hosted by Ashley and Angela. Not only did I get to meet some amazing local bloggers, but the meet up gave me that extra boost to start blogging again!
So why have I been gone, you ask? Remember my last post, where I was waiting on the results of my MRI? If you are new to my blog, you can read about that journey here. Well, from the looks of my most recent MRI, it seems as if that pesky tumor is growing back. Ugh. It's still small and thankfully, with today's medical technology, we can keep an eye on it. Yes, I knew that this was a possibility even when I chose to have surgery, but I really didn't anticipate it coming back. I definitely was in denial there for awhile and part of me still wants to believe that maybe it's just a build up of scar tissue and it's not the tumor coming back. Amazingly, none of my symptoms have returned. So for that, I'm definitely grateful. I'm also hopeful because there are treatment options available if need be. For now, we'll just continue to monitor it and I'll have another repeat MRI down the road to see if the tumor has grown. For the past month, I've found myself letting this news weigh me down, thus the break from blogging.
At church this past Sunday, I received some encouragement though that has lifted my spirits and allowed me to look at this situation in a new light. The preacher spoke on the book of Philippians. He was going through chapter 4, which talks about how God doesn't want us to worry or be anxious. I remember looking at Nick and making a face, because I feel like my middle name could be "Worry." I'm a worrier by nature and so hearing the news of the MRI just sent my mind into over-drive. I learned on Sunday, that even though this medical news feels bigger than I can sometimes handle, it's not bigger than God! I can sit and worry all day long about what's going on in this brain of mine, but worrying is not going to change anything or make anything better. If anything, it's just robbing me of joy. I learned that God has called me to trade my worries with His peace! "The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7 How awesome is that?! Hearing that sermon on Sunday definitely lifted my spirits and reminded me of who is in control!
Well, there you have my last month or so in a nutshell. I'm hoping to start sharing some of art journal with you all soon and allow you to interact if you so choose. I'll also be sharing my recovery journey, so stay tuned for that as well. Until next time, stay warm, be well and enjoy this Fall season!
"The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination." ~ Don Williams Jr