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Feb 25, 2010 11:31 AM CST
Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
Hi Boo, and welcome! As for being transparent, I have learned that I really don't wish to expend my energy pretending to be something I'm not... I'd rather use my power for good. And I also think that as life throws challenges at us, sometimes you just need to vent.

Speaking of which... this week DH wanted some pictures of our dogs through the years for an article he's writing for his blog, so I had to go back through several years of pictures, which of course means looking back at what our life used to be like, the great sell-off, moving out of our home in AZ, the gardens and ponds that we built there... I try to always look forward and enjoy the present, but honestly, that made me cry. Yes, things are just things... but when you have built a life, a business, a home, a garden... and then to lose it, well, it's excruciating. The economic meltdown really started with our industry collapsing (new home construction and real estate) and went from there. We were among the earliest casualties... now there are so many that have lost jobs and homes and everything that they had worked for for years. Sometimes, it is just plain sad.

Having said that, I am so grateful for the home we have now here in Colorado, and for the new opportunities for a different kind of life... I love not being on the 'corporate treadmill' anymore, I love the simpler lifestyle, I love that I have time to live and enjoy life rather than just rushing through it. I love that we have true friends here... not just acquaintences rushing past each other. I love the whole small town deal! And, believe it or not, I love bartending and cooking for a living, who would have thunk it?? From being a corporate real estate managing broker and living the 'executive' lifestyle, to bartending and cooking. I am much happier doing this! In fact, the first thing I did when we moved here was to take all of my business suits and clothes and put them in the attic. I knew for sure that I didn't want to do anything that required business clothes and high heels, LOL! (Okay, high heels once in a while, but by choice).

So, I guess that the old adage is true, when one door closes, another one opens. Though it's sometimes really hard to see that when your in the midst of the turmoil, it is true if you keep an open mind and an open heart. You never know what blessings lie just around the corner...

Brenda

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