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Life, Love, and Happiness

For the past couple of years, I have proceeded through life with a great deal of introspection. I have worked hard – taking on new tasks and projects with a gusto. It seems as though every day I am adding something new. And why not? It seemed right as I try to find true happiness and satisfaction. All of this drive followed by reflection has led me to a great many realizations.

First, the most important thing to me in the world is my family. I want them to be happy and healthy – mind, body, and soul. But just because they are first in my priorities doesn’t mean that I cannot have my own interests and ambitions because I believe that self-preservation is key to giving all of myself to them.

Second, I have the most amazing friends in the world. They are supportive, receptive, generous, and genuine. I couldn’t make it a single day without them, and I am so grateful to have them in my life. And don’t think that these are one-way relationships because real friendships need all parties giving and taking without reservation. We are all very unique, yet we compliment each other in so many ways.

Third, I am many things. I am a teacher, but I don’t enjoy the traditional connotation of the word. I love guiding, encouraging, and helping others to grow. I am kind. That seems simple, but it’s appropriate. I believe in treating others the way I would like to be treated. That does not mean that I am never hurtful towards others, but I try with everything I have to follow the Golden Rule. I am a student. I believe that I will always be a student in some form or another. I think that everyday there are multiple opportunities to learn, and I try to take advantage of them when they come my way. I am more, but for the sake of time, I will move on.

Knowing all of this about myself, one would think that I would be working in a career that fulfills me, but I am not. There are so many things I enjoy doing: writing, editing, non-traditional teaching, parenting… But, the one thing that gets me really excited is cooking!

My dream is to have my own small restaurant. I would love to provide healthy, seasonally fresh food in a quick-service setting. How many of us run through the fast food drive thru because we are short on time? Too many of us based on the US health statistics! Wouldn’t it be great if at the fast food restaurant you could order things like fresh wraps and salads? But food has to be more than just the typical healthy fair; it has to be delicious and affordable also. But this is my dream with no current plan on how to fulfill it. In the meantime, I will keep working like a crazy woman and figure out a way to accomplish my goal.

Wish me luck!

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