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Life is Funny

I gotta say life is funny. This time last year I was working as a dental assistant. A job I have done for 25 years. A job I loved and was very good at. I deeply cared about the patients, my coworkers and the office. Thinking of them all as my family. Doing whatever it took to keep things running. Which included doing more then my job title. Going above and beyond. That's who I am. I do what needs to be done. A true team player. No thought in my head of doing anything else. Happy to save lives one tooth at a time. When the universe, or fate, or destiny decided to step in and turn my life in a completely different direction. One thing happened after another and I found myself retiring from dentistry. Something I never thought I would do. I am the type of person who is loyal no matter what. On the flip side when I'm done, I'm done. Leaving dentistry all together was one of the hardest thing I have ever done. To say good bye to the life I have lived for 25 years. All the things I have achieved, sacrificed, enjoyed and endured, just done and over.

I stepped into very different shoes. I went from scrubs and tennis shoes to a bright blue t-shirt and steel toed work boots. Construction/ handyman worker. Actually I am not fully qualified to call myself that. More of a construction/ handy helper. This new endeavor is so exciting. I love learning new things. You better believe I am learning every second of every day at this new job. Using muscles I didn't know I had. Not to be too gross but getting very dirty and sweating more then I have ever thought possible. Big shout out to my partner, my love, and best friend in the world for being extra patient with the teaching process. This path just felt right. Not saying this year hasn't had it's share of bumps. Big bumps! It has been one heck of a year and it's only August, and yet we smile and keep moving forward.

Another big change that started in March of this year was me becoming an author. Again not something I had ever planned or even thought I could do. Yet here I am 5 months later having 6 books published. With 10 more children's books written, one self help/ autobiography started and a suspenseful romance novel that is almost finished. Wow! Ready set go. I don't do anything half way. I am a all in kind of person. Being an author, publishing, starting my own business, marketing and all that entails , vendor events, story times. Trying to get my name out there. Is so much harder then I thought it would be. Definitely out of my comfort zone. Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can be surprisingly fun and rewarding. It makes my heart happy to see kids enjoying my books. A feeling I would not have experienced without taking the leap into becoming an author. Another shout out to my amazing, talented daughter Amanda McCormick. She is a rock star illustrator and I could not have come this far without her talent. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

It all goes to show you that once you step out of your box and try new things, it's truly amazing what life will bring you. Even with life's bumps, I am very happy and excited to see where this path takes me. Quoting Forest Gump "Life's a box of chocolates you never know what you are gunna get."

Life is funny. Keep Smiling.

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