St. Teresa de Avila
She was my patron for the year. I loved meditating on the fact that she struggled spiritually until she was 40. Since I turned 40 this year and the learning curve with this spirituality thing has been steep for me, I took great comfort in knowing her journey.
This was my word for the year and even though I'm not completely where I want to be, peace has begun to seep into my heart and for that I am grateful. Much of the reason is that, with God's help, I've been able to temper some bad habits.
Can you guess what one of the bad habits is? I'm only 3 pounds away from goal.
Anit-inflammatory diet and T3
I could be wrong but, I think these two changes were key in helping me feel better. I'm a bit apprehensive because I'm not sure where the diet will lead me or if I'll need more than T3. But, at least now I have enough energy to research it more.
They spend an inordinate amount of time with me and answer every weird question.
She is the person who figured out how tired I was. She didn't just say, "Oh, your depressed or anxious." Now, she's working with me on anger management and I'm learning so much.
I try to avoid discussing relationships on this blog in case the person would find the post. But, suffice it to say that I've had several key relationships in my life that became troubled. Some of them have improved because I've put up healthy boundaries. I've been praying for God to send some catholic friends and boy, did the Lord deliver. We've made friends with a couple at church and I joined a book club that's mostly people from church. These people aren't outwardly spiritual- I'm not going to be saying the rosary with them any time soon. But, they are good, positive people that are fun to be around. They've been a breath of fresh air.
Guitar Man and I continue to grow in our relationship even with a few bumps along the way. AJ is finally doing solidly well in school. Nothing in school has been easy for him and he's finally working at grade level in 5th grade. My mom has made it another year- alleluia.
Thank you for this community. I love reading your struggles, your joys and your stories. Thank you for sharing- I love you.