I don’t want to say this was the worst year so far because it wasn’t. There have been a few particularly awful years in the past, and this one didn’t top those by a long shot. I also don’t want to be all negative, but sometimes there’s a lot of negative. And the negative outweighs the positive.

In December 2016 I quit my job at Whole Foods after 3 years. I was looking at a promising career but I hated my life, hated myself, hated the long days, overall everything sucked. I started my own company – Kaitering. I love what I do. I make my own schedule. And for the first time in my life I’m not living paycheck to paycheck. I work on average 65 hours a week but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I also officially rejoined the church in March. I’m so excited. After almost four years at Living Hope…this past year I finally took a leap and trusted God. I absolutely love everything about where He has me. I love the people He has introduced me to. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel like I’m finally home.

I got to watch my baby brother, okay he’s not a baby, go through college and become VALEDICTORIAN! He’s top of his class, he was accepted into an incredible program with Mercedes so he will be moving up to Massachusetts in a couple of months. I’m so beyond proud of him, he’s so smart. I remember the day he was born. I remember my mom screaming when her water broke because it was on April Fool’s Day! I remember seeing him struggle medically for most of his life, spending most months at CHOP. And here he is now. He’s Valedictorian. He’s so good at what he does. And there is no one in the entire world who deserves everything more than this kid.

As per usual with my immune system I’ve had a double ear infection, bronchitis, sinusitis and they’re putting me on another round of antibiotics (I’m currently on round 2.5).

I’m ending 2017 with another medical mystery. I’m debating going through another surgery for my face now that insurance covers it. And there is an orange sized painful lump on my throat that I’m waiting until Tuesday to here if they are going to biopsy it. I had an ultrasound on Friday afternoon. I’m nervous, but at this point with everything we’ve been through…I’m sure this lump will be nothing I can’t handle.

You take the good with the bad. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Etc.

Thank you 2017 for being a year I won’t forget because I am choosing to remember the great moments, the days that made it all worth it, instead of the days that brought heartache and tears.

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