Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Declaring My Independence!

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Hey everyone! Happy 4th of July. It has been almost a year since the last time I updated my blog. Same ole song; life got in the way. Really… it did.

The school year was kind of rough. Being a teacher is not like it used to be. It’s summertime, school’s out, so ‘nuff said.

My local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted our regional conference here in Phoenix in April. I was chairman of the registration committee which became almost a year long commitment. In the five months leading up to the conference, life shifted into high gear. During that time, I was still the editor for my regional director’s newsletter. Her last issue went to press two weeks ago so my work there is done!

I was diagnosed with multiple nodules on my thyroid last fall and as a result had my thyroid removed on June 4th. Other than my vocal chords (which may prevent me from returning to work next month), my recovery has been good.

I have put my house up for sale and am in the process of packing it up a little at a time. So far, there’s no rush to get my stuff out as the house hasn’t sold yet, and DS and I are already living somewhere else. Which leads me to the biggie…

I met and fell in love with a wonderful man, who has made it his life’s mission to take good care of me and my son. He’s warm, funny, loving, sexy, intelligent, talented, athletic and just right for me! (I knew he was a keeper when he wasn’t afraid to go into a scrapbook store on our first date AND paid for my purchases without my asking!) At the end of May, DS and I moved in with him. Prior our moving in, he made me brand-new scrapbook room complete with new paint, hardwood floor, desk top for my cubes, and diecut station (see pics below).  And he lives…. drum roll please…. directly across the street from my parents which makes my DS very, very happy! Life has been phenomenal and all of my cares and woes no longer seem important.

So…. on this day, I’m declaring my independence from:
  • taking on tasks or responsibilities that prevent me from doing the things I love and that bring me joy,
  • worrying about things that I have no control over,
  • worrying about what tomorrow will bring,
  •  negative people and negative situations; and,
  •  unhealthy living.

Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for future, and hopefully regular, blog posts from me!


  1. Thanks WFD - I thought I had a lot of stuff lol - love your scrapbooking room. Do he have a brother lol tfs!!!

  2. WFD what a fantastic room. It's so organized and love today's blog. Glad life is going great for your and your son.

  3. This post was a joy to read! Congrats! Love your scrapbook room:-) Looking forward to your posts :-)

  4. My My, I see why you are getting them layouts quickly, I can feel the joy through your words and Congratulations to you sista!!!Your layouts are awesome, your scraproom is well organized (you can come help I am praying for a speedy recovery fro surgery. Most of all you and your DS have found happiness. That alone lighten your path and load. Continue your declaration to independence and I wish you all the happiness.

  5. Wow on all your great news. Prayers for continued recovery. Now for your room. Your organization skills are impeccable. Ok back to looking at the photos.

  6. Karen praying that you continue to heal from the surgery.

    I loved reading this blog post. I can just feel all your happiness coming through.

    Your new craftroom is an inspiration. I love all the layouts you have posted on SOC.

  7. So, so happy for you! LOVE the room! Prayers for continued healing.

  8. Miracles and Blessings Karen for a full recovery. Enjoyed your blog message and I love your scraproom!

  9. I love your room WFDiva!!! so nice and clean and organized!! lol!! If you feel the need to organize some more, I have the perfect project for you.... my scrap room! lol!!

  10. OMG! I just read this and I'm very happy for you Karen. You are Blessed. Love your craft room, it is wonderful looking!