I had dinner out on my patio tonight surrounded by my candles, my cats at my feet and a faint view of the big dipper in the sky.
I soaked up the solitude and felt so grateful for this time of quiet - along with everything about this life I get to live.
It's been 7 years, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday that I was trying to survive my divorce. I didn't know who I was or understand why I felt so different from everyone else, I hated my job, and I had very few deep, meaningful friendships.
And then a series of discoveries and events, some therapy and a lot of coaching, helped me understand who I am at my core, the value of my introversion, and what it means to create my life.
I now have a day job that I love, a certification that allows me to coach - the most fulfilling thing I've ever done - and so many friendships that are deeper and more supportive than I ever thought possible.
I still have to deal with really hard things, just like everyone else, but I now have the tools I need to handle them - and gratitude has become one of the most powerful tools in my toolbox.