If someone would have told me I'd be bringing in another year with a pandemic and without my mother, I don't know if I would have been prepared to do it. However, as I woke up this morning, I am happy to say I am here and ready to enjoy the day.

That's right, today is my birthday, and I'm celebrating turning 48 years old today. This is my first birthday without having my mother here, but getting caught up on work on last year, I missed a call from my mother. Of course, being the character that she is, she left me a message in her own way. I am so happy I saved that message, as it truly put a smile on my face. I have taken on the initiative of making sure my weight is in check, and I have been regularly hitting the gym and watching what I eat.

There is not much that I want today aside from spending some time with my family and being able to just enjoy life. Sure, COVID is still here and honestly, there have been some upticks locally. However, I am still happy to be here, and I am going to continue to build up my health and hopefully by this time next year, I will be 100 pounds lighter and on a beach somewhere.

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