GirlFriday: I am Thankful for…

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I hope you all had a good time yesterday reminiscing with family, or spending time with them watching the game. Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed it and took a day off to think about the good things in your lives.

Yesterday, I got to sleep in. Til 9:00 a.m., and that’s late for me. Then I got some laundry in the wash and we went shopping for the ingredients to a casserole that everyone likes for us to make. We finished in the nick of time and were only ten minutes late arriving at the hubby’s parent’s house.

As we sat around the table gobbling up this year’s feast, I thought about the years I’ve spent with my wonderful man, and how I’ve gotten to know his family, and he mine. When you’re young you don’t think about this part of life a lot, you don’t look forward to the time where you’re growing your family ties, or at least I didn’t. I thought I would always be a loner, someone who spent a lot of time alone, and even thought I wanted that. Now that I’m getting older, I don’t want that and I realize that I like to have people in my life that care about me and that I care about as well.

Now I’m going to tell you the things I’m thankful for and I hope you’ll indulge me in the comments and tell me what you’re thankful for this year. I’m thankful for finding a man when I did that loves me for me and loves my son as his own. For that I am truly lucky and thankful. I’m thankful for my son who makes my life complete in every way. I am thankful for the time I spent getting to know him, and glad that I know him as well as I do, and can keep him in line pretty well because I know him well.

I am grateful for my sisters, and in laws. I am thankful that that the stroke my Dad had didn’t take his life, I feel lucky every day that he’s still here and realize now how important it is to tell people that you love them, so that there’s no question.

I am grateful that I have the knowledge to blog for you every day, that I have inspiration to write and even when I don’t you read it anyways. 😉

I am grateful that you read MouthyGirl, that you find what I have to say interesting is incredible to me and for that I thank you. Though it’s late, I got you something…

I know I didn’t have to, but I wanted to…you can find it here.

Have a happy weekend everyone and see you Monday!



Streaming Suicide Live

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Last Friday, Abraham Biggs, a 19 year old college student, committed suicide streaming live on in Miami, Florida. A friend emailed me the story that made AOL News, but nothing I heard about on local news.
After reading the story I had to consider what I would do if I were watching someone streaming live on the internet who was threatening suicide. Having never been faced with this type of situation, I don’t think I can say what I would do, I would like to think I would contact the website administrator to contact authorities because they would most likely have the information on the individual person to better direct the police to this person’s location so that they could receive the proper help.

But, because I was not watching this I can only speculate what my actions, or reaction would be. In reading the accompanying article, it’s said that he’s threatened suicide on numerous occasions, I can only believe that these people were regulars in chatting and corresponding with Mr. Biggs. If that is the case, I can only say to those who did nothing, “Shame on you!” Regardless if the threat has been made previously or not, a threat of suicide is a cry for help. Clearly, no one answered that call until it was too late for Mr. Biggs.

Further, there were some who egged him on! Can you believe we have such callous people in our society? I guess it’s naive of me to believe otherwise but I am horrified that someone would encourage another to end their life.

Having been touched by the affects of suicide in my personal life as a teenager, I can tell you that losing someone you love to suicide has lasting effects on a person’s psyche. I cannot fathom losing a child to suicide. Rosalind Biggs, Mr. Biggs sister has lost a brother, and says in the article that she does not understand and that it was unexpected.

There is no understanding the motives of suicide, and it is NEVER expected. She will always be left with questions, with “Why?” and trying to grasp at reasons, something to justify what happened. But there is no justification, he has robbed his sister, his parents and nieces of a future with him, watching him turn into a man, raise a family of his own and grow old.

So I ask you, What would you do?


GirlFriday Changes in the Coming Year

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Life does nothing consistently except change.

It’s the one thing that everyone has in common. The one topic we can all discuss, that amazes us even though we know it’s coming. Regardless of how life treats you or me, that’s the one thing we will always have in common, that our lives can, have and will change in an instant.

I’m looking at going back to school in the spring semester. Thinkin’ I need to brush up on my writing skills, a few little other things I need to tighten up are also on the agenda. Going back to school gives me mixed feelings, I feel like I’ve reached a place in my life where I can turn to any number of fields and make a living, but I’m not satisfied. I find that I go home stressed over problems that are not my own, being treated in a way I do not relish at all and just generally hating what I do. I’ve learned a lot in this field and others and know that I could survive doing either of them. But I don’t want to do either of them.

So I had to decide if I was content enough to keep going at the pace I was going or if I wanted to climb. I choose to climb. I’ve always been reaching, even when my spirit and mind are at their weakest, I still reach. Do you?

Maybe contentment is all you ever wanted, and if that’s you, congratulations if you are there. Reaching is not for everyone, you have to know yourself, and above all be happy. Sure I have hard days, stressful days and days that I’d like to tell my boss to take this job and shove it. But at the end of the day, I try really hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t have to be there everyday for the rest of my life. I don’t have to deal with those people beyond that 8-5 I’m obligated to be there for. And this doesn’t have to be what I do for the rest of my life.

That’s what I tell myself. That’s my light at the end of the tunnel, and going back to school will get me going on the road a little faster. I enjoy writing. Even if you aren’t reading it and I’m only getting hits from myself and my few local supporters because they know me, I still enjoy it. I find that I can envelop myself in the world of writing and brainstorm and come up with ideas to write about here, better than I can do anything else. And I’m good at most everything I set my mind to. But writing comes easier to me than anything else I have ever done.

Change is welcome at my door anytime. It brings about excitement, knowledge, and a lot of times fun. So I’m going to go with the flow, roll with this next change in my life and dive back into the world of education and get a little more of that pie for me.

What will you be changing in the coming year?