Y’all....it’s been an emotional two months. I am constantly reminded of how grateful I need to be of the people, places and things that I am surrounded by. I have amazingly tough kids that keep me on my toes daily. I have people that have been brought into my life by the grace of God. I am in a location where I am afforded so many opportunities. It’s definitely been a wild ride but we are alive. Although I still have some good and bad days, I am still aware of what I have. It
I couldn’t have said it better myself.... On this date one year ago as I was driving my daughter to college, we were involved in one of the most traumatic car accidents of our life. She missed her first semester of college as a freshman. Instead she spent her time going through physical therapy to learn how to walk again. She has a permanent titanium rod in her left leg. I spent 5 weeks in a hospital going through multiple surgeries all on my left side. The whole time I cried
Monday motivation ...today I had the pleasure as a mentor to speak with a mentee who wanted advice on the things she wants to do in life. At first I was not sure how to help. The more I listened to her passion, the more I was excited for her. She asked me how I began my journey and how she should tackle it. I told her to prepare for those who won’t believe in the same things. I also told her to never let anyone’s negativity bring her down. The only one that keep your dream al
I am a Retired Army Combat Veteran, Military Spouse of over 22 years and mom to a high school junior and college sophomore. I am also a service connected disabled veteran. I live with a mental illness that not many knew about until I started sharing my story. I am an advocate, mentor, blogger, coach and speaker. I am a survivor and fighter and help others do the same. You are not alone and you are not like most girls or boys, women and men. You are friggin amazing! Always lis
So this is 44... Fly away hair Wrinkles Not so perfect skin A lot more weight than in high school 😂 A college sophomore and a high school junior. Retired Army Combat Veteran and unemployed. Mental Health Advocate, Mental Health Survivor, Blogger and Life Coach. This is 44 years of hard lessons learned, hard life lived and still here to share all. the things. I’ve been through some shit but am so glad God helped me through it. Here’s to more grey hairs. More squeaking joints.
Hey there. It’s Thursday and you are almost to the weekend. Let me re-introduce myself. My name is Annette and I am the CEO of A Wild Ride Called Life. I am also a Retired Army Combat Veteran, Military Spouse and mom to a college sophomore and a high school junior 🤦🏻♀️ I am also living with PTSD, Anxiety and depression. I share my story to people all over the world to show everyone that it is ok to NOT be ok. I ain’t crazy. I am just a human who has a mental illness and I
When the PA says “welcome back” every time he sees me it means I am here far too often. Today I am getting my new hip checked out. They need to make sure it is working properly. Never did I think I would have had a hip replacement at the age of 43. Even though it hurts when I get up and walk too far, at least I am still here right? I’m not gonna lie. I am a little tired of this crap. The one year anniversary of the accident is coming up and I am not sure how I am going to fee
Today it would have marked 20 years that I would have served. I miss it daily. I miss the Soldiers and the camaraderie. I miss my battles and all the experiences I was given. I will always cherish the memories. Now, God has given me another road to walk on and another journey to follow. I miss my tribe but I have gained long lasting friendships with leaders, mentors, Soldiers and Peers and I will forever be grateful. Here’s to another year and another chapter doing what I sti
Another month down and another pre op checkup. Although I am a little tired of having to make the drive, I know that I am being seen by some great doctors. I am making progress but the hopes of being able to run or even lift anything more than a 5 lb weight is still not hopeful. All those things I took for granted are now yet just in the distance. As of today there is no running or training for that Army 10 miler that I was hoping to not miss out on again....I left with tears
Sometimes being strong is the only thing left to do. Some days I just want to throw in the towel. I want to wave the white flag. I just want to be done. I am emotionally draIned. I am then reminded by a song that I need to snap out of it. Yes, sometimes music heals my soul. Sometimes you just need to hear the right beat and the right lyrics to get your groove back. Sometimes I just need to ignore the background noise and focus on something else. I’ll be ok. I have to be. . .
Let me begin with this...the other day I posted with my middle finger in the air. It may have offended some people. I told you that I was gonna be real and honest. I try not to use curse words and try to be clean. Soo, sorry ? I’ll try and done it down 🤷🏻♀️ Now let’s start again 👇🏼 Peace out to the negativity in my life. The one where it starts to make me feel about myself. Those feelings that I am not good enough. Nope. No more. Don’t ever let yourself get to that point
A month ago I had my 6th surgery. Two weeks ago I had 21 staples removed from that surgery. Yesterday I wore shorts in public and tried not to care that I will have yet another scar that can’t be hidden. Today I am trying to not continue to let these scars define me. It is now a part of who I am. It is a continuous reminder that I am still here and alive. I have heard it all and I am listening to all of you. For now, I am just trying to no relive what happened. The incident s
Warning - you may be offended ... Because sometimes life just sucks. Because sometimes there just isn’t an answer. Because sometimes being an adult is so over rated. Take that life. Take it and shove it. I have three words for you — I. Don’t. Wanna. I’m getting headache from all the bull that is being thrown at me. Stop being so nice. Stop being so naive. Stop doing things that you will end up regretting. Yes, I’ll get over it. But for now..This. ☝🏼 . . . #youknowwhoyouare #
Dry shampoo, no makeup and in my PJs from @target because ..I can. Being a stay at home wasn’t exactly what I had in mind but in the end after over 2 years of being retired, It was my choice. Yes I took a shower, come on now 😂. Yes I actually did brush my hair even though it may not look like it 🤷🏻♀️. What I do all day is no ones business but I do talk about it. Some days I don’t get all the things done but some days I feel pretty damn accomplished. I am grateful to be ab
How is it May already? My daughter will be finishing her first year of college 😭 My son will be finishing his sophomore year of high school 😭😭 and I’m over here like please Lord “Bless this Mess” of a house, of a life, of a whole school year gone by just. like. that. 😮. It has been quite the year but we made it. She made it. He made. We all made it. Summer is coming and It will be just as busy. Can someone please tell life to slow down? Can anyone else believe that it is
Happy 3rd birthday to my very best furry friend Lulu. I can’t believe that just three years ago your human grandpa gave you to me. I never knew how much I needed you until then. To say that you have saved my life and continue to do so is an understatement. Even though you are spoiled rotten, sassy and independent (just like my own human children 😂), you always know when I need you. God has certainly filled my life with so much love and I am so grateful. Thank you for choosin
It seems so long when I created this Facebook page. It is still a part of my mission and my heart. I have not forgotten. I would love for you to be a part of it in any shape or form. If you have stories to tell please message me or go to the page and post away. I do this for all of us who either are suffering or who are learning to live with mental illness. Thank you to those who have stuck around. Our story isn’t over yet. . . . #veteransstoryproject #armyvet #armylife #mono
Real life. Mom, Veteran, Military Spouse, Entrepreneur, blogger, motivational speaker, coach. I’m tired. I share my real life drama, failures and successes. When I try and explain what I do and why I do it. It’s all of that and to help people like me who are going through it too. We are human. We make mistakes. One thing for sure is that I love my people. My tribe. My girls and guys. I’m tired some days but I am making it. I am walking. I am breathing. I am living. Nothing ca
It’s hump day. Where did the time go ? Today I am venturing out for some Antique shopping. I had a hard time figuring out what to wear. I used to hide behind jeans and big shirts. Not today frumpy. I am starting to feel good in my skin again. I’m not model material but I don’t care. Sometimes a pair of stretchy jeans that I now to belt is all I need. I have had these @converse for a while now and I am just now able to stick my swollen foot in it. Huge win. I always say this .
Messy hair. Pjs by 630. Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. Sometimes the hair is just hair. The mascara will just run. The zits will just appear out of nowhere even when it’s not that time of the month 🤷🏻♀️. Does your teenage boy want dinner by 4pm? No? Oh, it’s just me? Yeah. It’s Monday and I am already waiting for Friday. Bring it. How do you survive the day? . . . #needmorehoursintheday #momofteens #armyvet #milspouse #armylife #messyhairdontcare #bl