Sometimes the stars do align, if only for a moment. We meet people we’re meant to meet at a time when we need it most. While I’m leery of putting things out to the universe sometimes for fear of them being slapped down before they make it off the ground, efforts made over the last few months seem be to coming to fruition. It’s scary to put it out there, but I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t jinx myself.
With regard to our battle with the school system, we have received confirmation that they’ve finally signed the contract committing to pay the annual tuition ($72,000) at Shane’s school in Tennessee. Although we haven’t gotten reimbursement back yet for the tuition we’ve paid for January and February, we’ve been assured that a purchase order has been submitted and we’ll get a refund soon.
Although Shane continues to struggle, he’s in the best place he’s been mentally (and physically) that he’s been in in a very long time. Change is always difficult for him, but he’s doing much better than anticipated with settling in. On days when we are sad and missing him to the inth degree, we do our best to perform a random act of kindness. We always preface it with our story about Shane and say that when we’re sad, it lifts our hearts to do something nice for someone. We can always tell when someone is hurting. It’s almost always a waitress with her own story that reminds us that things could always be much worse and we are thankful to those who take the time to share…the universe’s way of showing us that people can keep going long after most would’ve given up.
Advocacy and community service are near and dear to my heart. I want everyone to have access to care and an education. I want inclusion and acceptance for those who were born to stand out. Last week, I graduated from the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking program. In January, I joined this Advisory Board for Best Buddies of North Carolina and I joined the Board of Directors for a charter school being built in our area. Two weeks ago, I was encouraged to apply to be on the Parent Advisory Board for the South Carolina Department of Education. I don’t know how long that process takes, but I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to be on the front lines with the government agency that directly makes decisions for programs benefiting those with disabilities fighting for those who need a Mama Llama in their corner.
After working with Legacy Studios for four seasons, I left last July. In January, I met with the owner who seems to share my enthusiasm for team building, positive changes, project management and genuinely coaching and mentoring others in the industry of school photography. They were kind enough to create a pilot position for me to help implement processes company-wide with the introduction of new software coming up in our busy season for senior photos. I’ve worked really hard to make a difference and to do my best. I’ve taken on the parts of Legacy that I love and I am thrilled with long term plans that have come to light that will eventually land me in my dream position in due time.
Someone once said, “If you don’t ask for something, the answer is always NO.” I never asked before. I thought I could do everything on my own. But, I’m asking now. I’m asking the universe to take care of our boy. I’m asking the universe to watch over our beautiful daughter and her boyfriend as they continue their adventures as traveling nurses. I’m asking the universe to guide me to organizations and positions that will appreciate my passionate pleas for fairness and equality. I’m asking that my husband continues his unwavering support and continues to tell me I’m beautiful everyday. We’re a great team. I’ve told the universe what I’ve always wanted to do professionally and hope that the stars will align to allow me to be successful and to help other grow professionally and personally. I feel worthy, ready and deserving of the next level in all aspects of my life. I’ve put in the work and am ready. Bring it.