What was it like to be you in 2016?
First of all: 2016 flew by in lightening speed. Heck, it's November 14th already, and Christmas is just around the corner.
This being said, 2016 in a nutshell for me was: being homesick.
There was rarely a day I wasn't crying. My first niece was born July 2015. Now she's 15 months old, and still thinks her aunt is someone who lives in a phone or iPad. I haven't met her yet. My 3rd nephew was born just a few days ago. Haven't met him yet. And man, I miss my family and friends in Germany.
On another note: A good thing was gaining I'd say at least two REAL friends, and was especially growing a friendship with someone I actually and honestly HATED last year for several reasons. Now he's my go to person for everything. He was there when I was going through the PTSD after getting attacked, he's always there when I am down, sad, and homesick. When I feel lost in this bible belt. When I don't understand the "whys".
I bet I go on his nerves a lot, but he is always there for me, and I know when I wake up in the middle of the night crying, I could call him and he will make me calm down again. We laugh a lot. Sometimes we bump heads, and we all know I can be the worst bitch every once in a while, but he handles it well. I'm glad our paths have crossed. And God's ways are super weird sometimes... like the WAY our paths crossed - odd. But here we are, being cool.
I don't even know if he reads my blog, but I KNOW YOU STALK ME ON INSTAGRAM WITHOUT LIKING ANYTHING ANYMORE, but - thank you, my favorite asshole. I really love you and you are a cool dude :oD
Overall 2016 started with some HEAVY changes for me, I won't really be talking about on here though. It's been tough. And it was really draining me.
In March 2016 I found out I'm sick. It's November 2016 - and they yet have to figure out what's wrong with me. My Vitamin D level was the lowest anyone at my doctor's office ever had. It was 14. Now, being on meds, it goes up, sometimes to the 40s, then it drops again without any apparent reason.
A low Vitamin D level can cause bad bad pain all over your body (plus a variety of other shitty things). One day it might be the legs, another day my shoulders, arms. You never really know. So they have me on high dosages of Vitamin D, plus prescribe pain killers.
Those pain killers are really "killers" though, and they make me sick and itchy. So I rather not take them. Just in case anyone was wondering why I am very very much PRO medical marijuana, here is your reason. I know a THC pain patch brings relief without any side effects. Unfortunately up until the last elections, this was illegal in the state of Arkansas. Now that #6 got approved, we will see how the medical mary jane will go. I have high hopes!
I kept my fitness game strong in 2016, and even started teaching a class at my gym. I'm an instructor for Throwdown Fitness, which is a boxing workout. I LOVE it and each and every member that comes to my Wednesday lunch class.
Currently I'm studying to get an ACE certified Personal Trainer. I hope I'll be successful doing this in 2017. First of all: study, study, study. And then I still have to pass. But I put a lot of work and time into this, so I shall succeed.
Last but not least (and I've kept my mouth shut about this for a long time): I will end 2016 with a BANG! I will leave for Germany mid December and will stay 3 weeks. THREE WEEKS! I will finally celebrate Christmas with my family, will hang out with my friends, and will drink and cheer into 2017 in my homeland.