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It’s been a while

It has been a long time since I last posted. As with anything, life got in the way. Since I last posted I have had many things happen.

  1. I got married. The post about my boyfriend that is on this blog, is now my husband. We got married over two years ago. IT is crazy to think that it has been that long of us being married. Living, loving, laughing.
  2. I graduated with my BSW. Shortly after I got engaged, I graduated with my BSW from Thomas University. I couldn’t believe that I accomplished that goal. after graduating I took a job working for a call center in the college that I was working at. Answered calls for the college about admissions, Advising and Financial aid. More on that later.
  3. I moved states. That’s right! I no longer live in Florida. We moved to Pennsylvania about 5 months ago and let me tell ya it was a lot. But we made it. I love it. for one we actually have seasons and two I actually have a social work job.
  4. We got a dog. How could I forget precious Opal. we rescued opal shortly after we were married. She is a coonhound mix and absolutely Keeps us on our toes. She does not disappoint. She is obnoxious, a diva and we love her. She honestly deserves the type of life that he has now from the life that she had. (Photo attached)
  5. I work as a DSP. I work with my dream population. I work with individuals that have Mild intellectual disabilities. I go out with them in the community or in a nursing home setting and we work on their goals and various other things. Every day is new and there is never a dull moment.

I plan on updating all the new adventures that I have been doing and posting more consistently as there are really cool things going on in my life and I want to share that regularly.

World Diabetes Day!

Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day! As I sit here grateful that I have enough insulin to keep me alive, there are tons of people in not just the US, but around the globe, that do not have insulin or do not have the access to get it. I’m not talking about the westernized countries, but the non-westernized ones that have a hard time paying for food or getting water, let alone affording the medications that keep them alive — as well as the people in the US who have to ration their insulin and have ultimately died because they have to pick between food or a life-saving drug.

In honor of that, wear blue — not just for me, but for those that have been lost or the ones that struggle every day to get the meds that they need to live.

Also, take it one step further. Get involved. Talk to Type 1 Diabetes International Foundation to learn how to get access to insulin around the world and what they are doing to make that happen. Attached is the site for t1international that has resources available. Pleas consider

https://www.t1international.com/resources/

Sitting and pondering

As I sit here and drink my coffee thinking of all I have to do to day on my technical day off, I reflect on much more. Looking at the different leaves outside my window and seeing, noting how awesome God’s creation is. Having time with God is important and unfortunately, I’ve neglected that. I used to wake up in the mornings and after doing my morning glucose check (yay diabetes!) and taking the dog out, I would make breakfast and then do my devotional.

Guiltily I think I didn’t know what new devo to do as I wrapped up my latest one. Then I get the idea that I could do my Devo’s electronically. I quickly realize that i’m an old school kind off guy and would rather feel the pages and be directly in the word with my as I call it, my Gigantor bible as Steve is doing his VIP Kids side job in the living room. But this morning is different. I wake up, Steve is asleep still from election coverage the night before, I just have a moment with God. No bible, no cute devo. Just prayerful. Coming to him. Thanking, repenting and asking with a humble heart. Rattling off my fears and concerns like a child with Santa but also wanting to listen to any new direction that he may have.

In speaking of direction, today I have my grad school interview for Marywood University. I don’t know how I got here! but i’m glad that I did. I know that God for sure orchestrated it. Jeremiah 21:11 comes to mind and I can’t but be so grateful and at peace with whatever happens. That’s what I brought to the Lord. To calm, correct and bring peace. He has brought us this far and I’m SO excited to see where he takes me, us, in this life. He is my rock and fortress and shield. I’m so thankful for that and all the cool things he is going to do in my life/social work career.

What does November mean…for diabetics?

The month of November isn’t just about Thanksgiving and the glorious delicious food. (Let’s be honest. That is what most of us are wanting.) It’s about something else. As you all know, I am a type one diabetic and have been for three years. It has been crazy and challenging but I keep working towards keeping my numbers balanced. With all that said, this month is Diabetes Awareness month.

What does that mean?

Well it means is that for the whole month there can and will be awareness spread about diabetes. People either living with the chronic illness or by the American Diabetes Association will put out different things as well.

What can I do to help?

You can tweet, post, update or simply talk about diabetes and all things that is effecting diabetics everywhere, such as insulin rationing to people in countries not even getting access to insulin or having to be forced to use insulin that might make them sick or break out. Educate, educate, educate. I can’t say that enough. Know the differences between type 1 and type 2. Know the basics for your diabetic loved ones. Learn the things that are hurtful, even unintentionally, not to say. Finally advocate. So much change happens with advocacy. Advocate for change that insulin isn’t shooting up to 100s of dollars a vial for people to STAY ALIVE!

What resources are available?

I’m going to link a few sites for y’all that are helpful. Feel free to look around and see what things you can find. Feel free to message me and let’s start a convo about this topic! You can also simply leave a note in the comments as well.

https://www.diabetes.org/

https://www.t1international.com/

https://www.collegediabetesnetwork.org/

Why Gay man say Girl….. I’m a man

Why is it in the gay community that gay men say “she” or “girl” to each other? i’m a man. The last time i checked I was one and just because i’m attracted to men doesn’t mean that i should be refereed to as a woman. I feel like it makes it go back to gender roles. I’m a man, attracted to men. That’s just one thing that kind of bothers me about the gay community. That we preach inclusion and acceptance yet we do things that Make us not included. Maybe i’m old fashioned or what not but I don’t  really get it. I don’t know that’s just how I feel. Could anyone shed light on this?

The reporter and the Social Worker.

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My boyfriend and I have been together officially two months. It is interesting to me to see how we are playing out as a couple who is completely different. For instance:

He is introverted; I’m extroverted

He is OCD and i am well, not

I’m blunt and he doesn’t want to say certain things.

But what I have learned is that in a relationship, it is give and take and communication. While these are things that I already knew, Putting it into practice is different. I realized that I am still selfish and forget sometimes that he doesn’t think like me or know the things that I know. That we get frustrated over things about each other that aren’t in the long run, that big of a deal. Yet as we learn we can’t help  but love and laugh. Sometimes i’m stubborn and hard headed and he is patient with me. Sometimes he gets upset about things that I may not think is that big, but we work and learn from each other. all this to say that We both think the same as we gather data, and use that to help form our thinking or opinions. That I think helps us in our relationship and makes us better in the long run.  He reports on things going on in the community, I help people in the community become better people. ( well not yet, but I will). I love how we can make it work and strive to be better with each other and with others. Having God in the center of the relationship and striving to be better.

Apartment Hunting!!!!!

A few weeks ago, my sister came to me with a proposition. her and her husband would like to help me pay for an apartment. I mean how awesome! I have been wanting to move into town for a few years, but I never had the means to do so. What I didn’t think was how stressful and time consuming that it was. I knew what I wanted and what I could afford.

As I look through countless ads for apartments and go and visit them. I either can’t afford it or it isn’t something that I’m sure about. Things that I had to consider like the area, how long will it take me to get to work and my Internship?  What is included. Things that I never really had to think about before. So as I journey on, It becomes clear about what I want. Which is kind of like life. As I get older I know what I like and what I want out of my life.  Like my apartment search, there will be ups and downs and disappointments. In the end though, I will find the thing that is the best fit. It isn’t about what I want. No! It’s about the experience, the Journey, and what you learn in the process. To me as well, it is what God wants for my life as well.