Life Lesson #2

 Well this came as a surprise, didn’t it? Who would’ve thought a pandemic could have ever happened in our lifetime? Certainly not me. Everyone has a story… and once this is over, everyone will have a novel to pass down to future generations for sure.

  My story is one of disbelief, heartache, and an intense need to survive emotionally and financially. It’s amazing how one can find strength and determination when you think you cannot take another step forward. 

  Without going through all the horrid details, I will share this- In mid March, I was forced to close down my salon - my only source of income for my girls and I. Less than a week later, my mother ended up in the hospital where she contracted this virus, was never tested and unknowingly spread it to all of us taking care of her, including my father. My mother was hit by this the hardest and to this day, still suffers from the physical and painful effects this has had on her. All I can say is I am forever grateful that she is still with us as she is the heart and soul of our family.

   Needless to say, the last seven months have been extremely difficult. Surprisingly, there’s always a lesson to be learned and this time was no exception. Never take for granted the people in your life. I know we have all heard that a million and one times but, well, sometimes we just do unintentionally. 

  That being said, I will never take for granted the bond I have with my sister, Claudia. Yes, we have had many disagreements in the past and have some history that I’d rather forget. But, when it comes right down to it, I would have never made it through this without her and I know she feels the same way. She is the only one I have that shares the same memories of the most unconventional yet amazing childhood with. Not to mention being raised by the two most incredible, strong, loving and hysterically funny parents we were blessed with. Having gone through all this together has sealed our relationship forever. I don’t think I will ever take my sister for granted again.

  And now to my GIRLFRIENDS that I am incredibly blessed to have! There is nothing like girlfriends that always have your back when the shit hits the fan! I will never take any of them for granted again! Who else can you depend on to celebrate with and the next minute cry to when you have a major iconic meltdown?? Us women share a maternal instinct to always take care of each other and thank God for that because no one else can do it the way we do! So huge hugs to all my girlfriends!! From my childhood friends to my high school girls to my college roomie to my salon besties to my lady clients and to my Wildwood days girl and business partner - You know who you are and I thank you for reaching out to check in on me and my family. I love you all!! 

  For all the cherished ladies in my life, thank you and know, I do not take you for granted:))

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