Guess who’s back? Back again. Mojo’s back. Tell a friend.

I’ve been feelin’ bloggy for quite some time.  I’d get the urge to write and know exactly what I wanted to write about, but life happens and I didn’t make time for writing.  Now that I have… total mind blank.

I COULD start off by making excuses for why it’s been nearly a year that I’ve written, but I’m not.  🙂

I COULD do an update of everything that’s happened since the last time I’ve written.  Nah.  Wanna know?  Call me, email me, message me, whatever.  Most of y’all who know me know that I’m pretty transparent with my life.  🙂  Basically… it’s a lot of boring health stuff.  Blah.  Blah.  Blah.

So… we’ll just start with a post from January up until this past week.  I’ll do a separate post.

Bear with me… it’s been awhile.  My bloggin’ fingers are rusty!


January.  Starts out fine…  Ends fine.  That’s the short and sweet.

That’s really the story of my life though, huh?  (The answer is yes.  Yes, it is.)

See the title of the blog.  You’ll notice a word:  optimist.

In the middle of a situation, sure… I get stressed, feel negatively, etc.  However, I know that there could always be something worse happening and I have FAITH that all things will work out well.  🙂  See me or previous posts for more personal details as to why this philosophy holds true in my life.

So, in November, I started a different position at my agency.  I transferred from being an ID Support Coordinator to being an Outpatient Clinician (counselor, therapist, whatever clients feel like calling me at the moment).  January was really the first month that I felt like I was getting into the groove of things.

Then doctor’s appointments happened.  Womp womp.

Neurology was fine really.  My Vitamin D is still low, even with daily supplements.  So now I have a daily and monthly supplement to take.  Bottom line question from my neuro is “Is it MS or not?”.  He thinks not due to the lesion pattern revealed on my MRI last year.

Now for ENT.  I had a follow-up neck/lymph node ultrasound early January which ended up showing that my submandibular lymph nodes are getting bigger.  At my appointment, a complete excision was deemed necessary of one particular node.  Fine by me.  If there’s any chance of anything ugly bad going on… get it out.  The sooner the better.  I had surgery on January 26.  Man… I did NOT want to wake up from anesthesia.  I felt like once I woke up even the slightest, the hospital was evicting me.  I just wanted to nap.  HA!  I came home complete with stitches and a drainage tube (eww).  My daughter Keelyn (5) said that it looked like I had a worm coming out of my neck.  Thank you daughter.

The fam (dogs included!) and I stayed at my in-laws for the recovery process so I could have adult supervision during the first part of recovery, lol!  🙂  It went great!  Potato soup FTW!

Biopsy results revealed NO CANCER!  Huzzah and yay!  Why were my nodes enlarged?  I don’t know.  But I do know that it isn’t cancer… so again, that’s a WIN in my book!

See, told ya’ the month ended well for me!

Kids?  They’re awesome as usual.  Kavan moved up to a different room at daycare.  I found out the date for Keelyn’s kindergarten registration (whoa!).  My awesome gingerkids are getting bigger!

Shannon’s doing great.  I’m very proud of him.  🙂

We’re both pretty active in church.  He’s doing video many weeks for our Sunday service and is going to be learning to do sound.  I occasionally sing with the worship team.  This was one struggle that was pretty big for me this month.  I struggle with wicked bad self-confidence and this is one area in particular that is a huge struggle for me.  I often wonder why/how I’m on the team and never feel quite like I’m good enough to be next to such AMAZINGLY TALENTED people.  It’s like, there’s THEM and then there’s me.  LOL!  Silly?  Maybe.  Sad.  Sure.  Hey, I’m just being honest.  However, it is totally cool to get to know the team and learn more about them!  🙂  I love looking out into the congregation and seeing their sweet worshipping hearts.  It makes my own heart feel so full.  🙂  I’m incredibly thankful and fortunate for the opportunity to do this and for the “talent” (if you want to call it that) given to me.  🙂

Ahh… writing.  I’ve missed it.  It’s always been a passion of mine since I was a child.  🙂  I need to actually MAKE TIME to do some sort of writing like this AT LEAST once weekly.  It’s an awesome stress relief!

Ooh!  Speaking of which… I invested in a super awesome planner this month.  I’ve been stalking Erin Condren Life Planners for like 4 years.  So, I bit the bullet and bought one!  LOVE it.  L O V E it.  Decorating it with washi tape and stickers sounds juvenile, but it’s awesome for visual learners!  It’s wonderful stress relief too.  🙂

Look!  I kept the post under 1,000 words.  That’s a record!  🙂

Before I forget… I have an Instagram account that’s active now too.  Check it.  @planningmojo  I can’t get into Twitter.  Sorry.  I’ll stick to fb, IG, and here.

Okay, time to publish and write a more focused (maybe) post.  If anyone has read… thanks a ton!  xoxo