Isolation.

As of late, I’ve felt a void. I really miss my friend, Sarah. It hasn’t been the same since her passing.

I’ve been much more vocal with my own personal struggles with my chronic conditions. I think the first step is acceptance. When I was a teenager, I was so ashamed and in denial. I didn’t want anyone to know. I already felt different from my peers. It was tough trying to fit in and finding that group of friends that would support you through it all. As I got older, I found those people and to this day they still have my back. You know who you are. Thank you for all of your love, support, and affirmation through the years. Encouragement goes a long way! ❀

Sarah was a strong advocate for Lupus awareness. It’s reignited a lot inside of me to create more visibility and awareness. Many still don’t know what the condition is and what it does to a patient’s body. Especially the side effects of medication.Β Every patient is different. Some symptoms are shared. It really is a snowflake condition. There’s so much research being done to find that cure. But I’m hopeful. And I’ll continue to be.

I want to honor Sarah’s memory the best way that I can. I’m planning to participate in the Lupus walk this year. But it’s been tough. I miss sending her messages and checking in whenever we could. I definitely cherish all the college memories we had together. Thank you for reaching out first and most especially your friendship. I’ll never forget your kindness.

You’re truly missed, Sarah. ❀

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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JANUARY 28-FEBRUARY 3, 2019.

I really enjoyed this week! Sharing a meal is such an experience. Food brings people together.

My highlights:

  1. Reading
  2. Sending a card to a fellow PHighter
  3. Lunch with Bianca + playing tourist and dinner with Pax & Jessie
  4. Brunch with the friends
  5. Super Bowl Sunday – all about the food and the commercials

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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: DECEMBER 24-30, 2018.

The holidays are in full swing! Two weeks of break. Woo!!! There was a lot of preparation, gift wrapping, and cooking. The sisters and I were pretty tired after Christmas, but it was well worth it.

There was a few days of rain, the lull after Christmas Day, and patiently awaiting 2019! It was a good week.

To the pictures!

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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 2, 2018.

Holiday festivities are in full swing in the city! After Thanksgiving, a lot of people are immediately in Christmas mode. I mean not everyone, but I certainly am. I love holiday movies (Hallmark & Lifetime! :P), buying a new roll of wrapping paper, and blasting Christmas music.

The countdown to holiday break was four weeks. It felt like a long time especially when you obsessively count, but time went by quickly. Woo!

This was a fun week! To the pictures.

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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: NOVEMBER 19-25, 2018.

We had to say goodbye to our dear Coco. It was difficult, but we knew she was at peace. We’ll love you forever.

This chapter of our lives (adolescence) has come to an end. Turning the page for new adventures with Beari and Sally. They’ll always be the three amigos though. As I’ve mentioned before, each and every dog who has come into our lives has taught us so much. It’s allowed me to open my heart and care for another dog. There’s so much room in my heart, although it isn’t the strongest. Each dog was/is special.

I dedicate this post to our family dogs, past and present. ❀

To the pictures!

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