I Thought It Would Never Come – Surgery Day!


I’ve only waited for this day for a year and a half…and it finally came!

I didn’t sleep a wink the night before surgery. I was ready {check out the cheesy smile}! I registered with the hospital at 8:30 am and went to the waiting room on the surgery floor. It was only a couple of minutes before they called me back and my nerves were wrecked! I wasn’t second-guessing my decision to have the procedure, but I am not a fan of needles or just the idea of a major surgery so I was certainly anxious to get it over with. Before I knew it they had me prepped to go, pushed something into my IV and I barely remember waving bye to my mom and sister-in-law. I vaguely remember waking up in the recovery room. I vaguely remember waking up a few times after that in my own room and there were different visitors each time, but I couldn’t hold my eyes open long enough to visit with them.

About 3:30-4 pm I finally was able to keep my eyes open and I was ready to get up! I told my nurse that I needed to use the bathroom and then I wanted to take a walk. In all of my research and pre-op appointments I knew that there would be a lot of pain associated with the gas that is pumped into the stomach cavity to allow the procedure to be done laparoscopicly. I didn’t want to prolong it so by golly I was up and at em! I made a lap with the NA’s help and switched to the chair in my room. I had a few naps and a few visitors the rest of the afternoon. My sweet 2 year old niece, SJ, came to visit and did not like seeing her Auntie hooked up to machines. She told me to come on and asked if I was ready to go {seriously y’all, I have the most precious nieces and nephew}.

I was up and down throughout the night walking the hallways. I was moving about as fast as a turtle in peanut butter, but I was determined to get my laps in and try to walk the gas out.

Oh, the worst part of surgery day…you will be so thirsty when you wake up. You CAN’T have anything to drink! They did provide these lemon flavored swabs that were supposed to moisten your lips and mouth {super gross, somewhat sour, but clutch given the situation}. It was almost noon the next day before I was able to have something to drink! More to come on that…

Blogging Ain’t Easy


Well, I am about a week into this blogging thing and let me just say…it ain’t easy. Yes, I did research. Yes, I knew it would not just create itself. But prior to starting I had this well-laid plan and had a list of literally like 300 topics that I figured I would just type out real quick and all the sudden I would have this functional blog that people would love reading. I’ve been struggling with ONE post for a week now – trying not to make those 5-7 mistakes {which when all compiled together equal out to probably more like 35-40} I keep reading about from other blogs.

Well, today is the day. I am taking the plunge. I guess I jumped the gun on this whole launch thing by starting with only one post, but I’ve also never been one to conform to any norm {just read my first post – it’s the theme of my life really}. Today I am finally going to start checking items off that list of 300 topics I spent so much time brainstorming.

Thrive Together


I have always been the woman on the other side of the blog, until today. I have spent the past year deep in self-discovery trying to figure out who I am, but more importantly who I want to be. There are so many different opinions and expectations about how women should act, dress, speak, etc. As I got closer to celebrating a major milestone this year {Talk Thirty to Me} I couldn’t help but notice how different my life looks compared to the opinion and expectations that people seem to have of it. Talk about a discouraging feeling! As if mourning my 20’s wasn’t enough I now had to face that I was far from conforming to the norms.

After some soul searching and self-reflection I came to a conclusion…WHO CARES!? I am a young woman currently thriving in all aspects of my life. Why conform to a mold when I could create my own?

I have always wanted to write a blog and share my story with other women just like me. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and encourage you to respond to posts with comments or questions. After all, my goal of starting this blog is to provide a platform to collaborate with women of all ages, all over the world, so that we can thrive together in this thing called life.