Has it REALLY been since 2016 when I last posted??? That’s just RIDICULOUS.
However, it has been a HUGE period of growth, passing of loved ones, mourning, more growth, and some difficulty. I can’t believe all that my family has been through, and life just keeps plugging along.
In Nov. of 2016, my husband lost his dear brother. This was SO heartbreaking. He passed from a series of events related to Manic Depression, which none of us were aware that he’d been dealing with. SO, SO PAINFUL. However, life has a way of showing you that heartbreak can be the fertilizer for something beautiful… You can read about this experience here: Matt’s Story on www.liverad.com
The following spring, we lost my dear sister’s husband, to a heartless terrorist on the Westminster Bridge. We almost lost my sister as well… but she is a fighter, and I love her dearly. Their story was all over the news, and my brave sissy has been an inspiration and source of courage and forgiveness for many people across the globe. Her story can be found all over, but here is a good place to start: Kurt Cochran’s Memorial.
The combined loss of both of these wonderful men has deeply changed my family, and it is hard not to feel sadness at what might have been. But we are more inspired to shift that grief into beauty and growth, because life is short, sweet and gorgeous, despite the pain we all experience.
Shortly after summer started, I was offered my DREAM JOB – I now teach Fashion Illustration (as Adjunct Professor) at Salt Lake Community College. I LOVE MY JOB. I only wish I had more classes to teach, because I feel so fulfilled!!
In addition to these things, I am in the process of starting my own dance wear company, and will keep you in the loop on the progress.
Here’s to an unlimited, if still painful, future. I’m ready.