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Reflections and Gratitude 2014

I haven't written anything since 2013 but I decided to put this post out there as a personal reflection for myself and hopefully a means of inspiration for others.
This year has been particularly challenging in all aspects of my life.  Personally, academically and spiritually my life felt as though it was in turmoil for the first six months of the year. I was putting myself back together after my longest and most complicated relationship. The person I was with claim to love me yet I always feel either used or manipulated. Since I was accustomed this treatment I found myself in situations where I was either used or manipulated, which left a bitter taste in mouth. 
Academically, I was struggling through a degree which I didn't like but I was determined to finish because I want to make my family proud. However,  failures of the past kept haunting me as I continued along this journey. 
Personally, I was diagnosed with kyphoscoliosis which is a mixture of kyphosis and scoliosis,  both of which affect the spine and its alignment.  I finally decided to visit the doctor because I couldn't take the pain anymore. He described me as unique cased because the abnormality which is usually visible by looking at someone, was only visible after doing all the physical tests and taking an x-ray. At the time I thought that therapy and exercise would be enough to help me deal with it, but I realised that I needed to change my lifestyle. I had to give up my stilettos, stop carrying heavy bags and lifting heavy things and correct my posture. Initially, it was difficult since I was living by myself in university. It forced me to be open about my condition and seek help from others. 
Spiritually, I started 2014 feeling like I was far away from God and that we didn't share a close relationship anymore. I was determined to not let the relationship deteriorate anymore so I tried praying everyday and I also tried some apps on my phone to help with daily devotion.
Looking to the new things 2015 will bring.


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