Editor's Note: When Life Gives You Lemons

We all know the saying too well " When Life Gives You Lemons, make Lemonade". I however; have acid reflux (just saying), so I probably wouldn't make lemonade  but I would figure out something to do with those lemons. Perhaps squeeze some into my tea, add a little zest to my salad,  or use them to clean my meat, share. I would do something with them is what I'm saying. Some people would probably not see any value and throw the lemons away. It's all about how you view things, your perspective.

For the past few months I have been single, and I have to say being single overall and growing has changed my perspective. I had some unexpected challenges thrown my way, but I am glad to say " I AM STILL HERE!". Breaking up with someone you love/ losing your close friend could be difficult, but it can also be a time for self love, reflection, newness and growth. My partner and I broke up earlier in the summer and at first I was ashamed to share or even accept that this happened another time, but what can I say except "These things happen".  During the break up I thought I would never make it. I couldn't even see my life without my partner but with God, encouraging family and friends , and a good support system helped me to realize my self worth. I had and have so much in store for me. 

I will admit, Yes,  I was down for a bit and had some down days but overall, I am alive and well. I am healthy, have a roof over my head, and family and friends that love me. After the break up though I was discouraged and sad, I applied myself and immediately found a new full time job, joined a network and met some new people, and many other opportunities came about. I had some lemons but within time, I had a freshly squeezed, sweetened with honey, lemonade. 

With this said friends and family,  today I encourage you to see the lemonade and not the lemons , even if you have Acid Reflux. What seems difficult or challenging at the time, will pass, and in the end you will see there was a reason for these challenges and you will smile at the end result. Cheers to Lemons and Lemonade!

Be Encouraged,