The Struggle Is Real

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This year so many people I know have been struggling in difficult situations. I’m one of them. Balancing life, love, blogging, relationships, friends, and not having time for myself. A few weeks ago I meet the CEO of my current job along with a few other co-workers. She was asked ” How do you balance your work with having a family?”. Her answer was, ” I don’t think you really want to hear this answer, because there is no balance. You just figure out how to deal with both at the same time. You live and you learn from previous mistakes.” Hearing those words helped me out tremendously, because I’m struggling with not having enough time for me.

I’m working over 50 hours a week, and when the weekend comes have a pile of errands that all need to get done. Then I wonder how am I going to have time for friends or just pampering myself with a mani-pedi? A lot of people depend on my fortitude to help get them through difficult situations. I understand the blessing I have as their motivator. Now I’m wondering if I’ll ever be able to reach a certain point in life where everything comes easy without the unfortunate lack of will power.

I pray daily for the strength to get through worries, and for guidance to make the best decisions, then thank the man above for all the blessings I have.  Seems everyone I’ve been coming across has burdens. But we can’t lose our faith. Believe it, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This too shall pass and we will be able to get through these tough times. I work on becoming a better person daily and I’m not quitting! So our new mantra will be ” The struggle is real, but I will prevail.”

Are you dealing with hard times in life right now? If so how are you getting through them?



“After All I Have Been Through I Still Have My Joy”

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We all get caught up with our day-to-day routines, often forgetting about what’s really important in life. Yesterday I was summoned for the first time to serve jury duty. I dreaded the process of being a juror. Awkwardly thinking: I might have to decide on a complete stranger’s freedom. What if they’re not guilty and I’m the only one that believes them? I hope I don’t get called on a case that’s too gruesome. The courthouse designates a special room for all jurors. You’re not allowed to leave the juror area until break time or lunch. After several hours of waiting; my name got called to a court room. No matter what side you’re on in the court-house you get a feeling of being confined.

Long Beach, Ca Juror break room
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Long Beach, Ca Juror break room view

Your role as a juror is to be open-minded to a case and base your judgement on presented evidence only. Before you get assigned to a trail your sworn in under oath. Then bombarded with questions from the judge, prosecutor, and defender. You’re asked personal questions to see if you would be bias to the particular case.

Long Beach Court House
Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach

Watching everyone in the room; I started to think about my blessings. I’m not sitting in the defendant seat, I’m alive, healthy, I have a job, roof over my head, and so much more. I said a silent prayer to myself and was thankful I wasn’t on the other side of the courtroom. We never know what life has in store for us. It just takes one dumb decision to change our lives. Be thankful for what you have and keep in mind there’s someone else in a worse situation than you.