Blow Out!

My day started like any other day, until I got in my car and drove to work.

About 15 minutes into driving I noticed a weird sound coming from outside my vehicle…I thought it was a souped up car with a loud engine.  I looked in all my mirrors and saw only one car near me (since I was in the fast lane) and this car looked like a nicer version of a minivan.  I continued driving and the sound continued to get even louder!

I turned my head to the right and noticed that the driver of the minivan had his head sticking out and his left arm was waving in the air.  When I made eye contact with him, he starting pointing to my car repeatedly.

Side note: This man sped up just to get my attention and risked his own life by sticking his body outside his car to warn me of my unnoticed unfortunate event.  If it wasn’t for this unknown man, I could have wrecked the rim of my car tire or could have caused damage to others around me due to tire shrapnel.

When I noticed the man I quickly merged off to the left hand median since it was right next to me and I did not know what else to do and put on my hazard lights.

With my hands shaking, I managed to pull out my phone from my purse and called my father, triple A, and then my boss.

When I called AAA a woman answered my call and helped me. I could tell that she could tell I was shaken up due to my quivering voice.

I couldn’t think straight and was stumbling across my words.  The woman was so patient with me and when she later verified that my brother was coming to get me she said “Okay, great! Do you want me to stay on the line with you until he or the tow truck gets to you?”  This question caught me off-guard and I noticed myself smiling through the verge of tears and said, “No, it’s okay, but thank you sooo much. I really appreciate it, but my dad asked for me to call him back.”  She politely responded by telling me that she totally understood and that she would not have mind if I wanted her to stay on the line with me and said that it would have been her pleasure.  After a lot more “thank yous” we hung up and I proceeded to call my dad.

 

Complete strangers made and saved my day.

My car incident could have been so much worse had it not been for the man that flagged me down and my anxiety could have been through the sky and to stars had it not been for the lady helping me from AAA.

Strangers make a difference. We can make a difference.

I wish I could thank the man like I was able to thank the kind employee that helped me on the phone.

Needless to say, I made it to work safely by the grace of God and my brother’s willingness to drive out to me and swap cars.

Today was an eventful day for me and it definitely shook me up, but I am so thankful for the strangers that made it so much more comforting. Faith in humanity was definitely restored for me.

I learned that every person in this entire world, including You and Me, can either make a positive or negative impact in someone’s life, without even fulling knowing it.  I’m sure the man in the minivan doesn’t know how appreciative and grateful I was/am for him and his actions.

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My poor tire 😦

 

That is all for today.

Be aware of your surroundings and actions. Love strangers. Live life to the fullest. And may God bless and watch over YOU always ❤

-Jen

 

 

 

 

Butterflies

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I am willing to bet that 99.9% of you have heard the phrase, “I have butterflies in my stomach.”  This phrase is normally accompanied with a story of a boy or a girl who causes these said butterflies.  Well, this is my story…

Once upon a time an eight year old girl met an eight year old boy in second grade and these two kids became inseparable.  Their friendship was very unique (to say the least).  After second grade neither of them had a class together and then they both went off to different middle schools and high schools.  Although they went their separate paths, they still managed to find a way to keep their friendship alive.  They would hang out during holiday breaks and summer time and sometimes the boy would go to youth group with this girl.  They never really talked about deep things or had intense conversations…they just knew that they could rely on each other to always be there.

Obviously this girl is me, so I will stop writing in third person now.

I remember the first time I saw him.  I remember thinking to myself, “Wow this boy is cute…..what is this weird feeling in my tummy?”

He used to give me the worst  case of butterflies and I would get so nervous around him.  I was always afraid of embarrassing myself.  I was so worried that he wouldn’t like the real me.  I was super awkward as a kid and I did not like being with the “in crowd” or being the center of attention.  I was the kid who would sometimes sit alone and be totally fine with it.  I had my close couple of friends and I was good! Him on the other hand, he had a lot of friends and a ton of girls had crushes on him.  He was a lady killer even back then hahahah but he was the one who always saw me.  I wasn’t invisible to him.  Every other person thought I was this happy girl, but he was the one who could tell that I wasn’t.  He noticed me and would always try to fix whatever was wrong.

Fast forward 12 years later and we are still friends.  We don’t even live in the same city anymore, yet we still manage to see each other from time to time.

Cute little side story:  One day my family and I went to Seaport Village and I texted him saying that I was in his neck of the woods and he actually came down from his friends house and surprised me.  He hung out with me and my family for the rest of the evening.  We went to the beach and watched the sunset and then went out to dinner.

I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky.  This guy has put up with a lot because lets face it, I am a HANDFUL sometimes.  He even sat through High School Musical: Senior Year and the directors cut of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never movie with me.  He has seen me and my room during my crazy fangirl days and my face after wisdom teeth removal!

Since we have gotten older it has been hard trying to find time to see each other, but when we do….I still get butterflies.  I feel myself turning back into the little eight year old girl that I was twelve years ago.  I don’t know why, but he is the only person to make me feel the way I do.  I get so nervous and my palms get sweaty….It’s bad haha. I even get tongue tied and try to focus really hard on trying not to embarrass myself, but since I am who I am, that is nearly impossible.  I am a pro at finding ways to embarrass myself and say something stupid. But despite all the silly memories and awkward times, he still remains in my life and I am so grateful.

 

Man….twelve years and I still get giddy…. There is something wrong with me.  My family still makes fun of me for it.  They call me out when I blush or when they catch me staring at him in adoration (okay that sounds a bit creepy….I swear its not as creepy as it sounds) There are moments when he is talking and I just look at him and think to myself, “This guy is amazing and whoever he ends up with in the future will be a very, very lucky gal.” I think very highly of him and watching him grow up and become the young man he is today has been some crazy stuff to see.  Let’s just say puberty has done him good 🙂

ANYWAAAAYYSS……I think I am going to end this post right here!

May God Bless and Watch over YOU Always ❤

-Jen

 

New Start and My Ride or Die Pal

Ahhhhh, I am so excited to say that I just had my first job interview and I did really well. I am hoping to start my new job within the next couple of weeks. I’d like to believe that I am slowly getting this whole “adulting” concept.  Thankfully I still have an amazing and loving and supportive family behind me through this journey called life!

In unrelated news, this new year is exactly what I needed.  Although I still have days where I think of all the fun memories in 2015 and all the mistakes as well, I have gotten really good at telling myself that the past is in the past and that God has blessed me with everything that I have and the relationships that still remain.

This year I want to focus on my mental health and make sure that I keep it healthy and positive.  I have started to get back in the groove of creating art and have even bought myself new ice skates for those days when I can make it down to the rink.  I am feeling myself again and I cannot explain how excited that makes me 🙂

 

On another note, one thing that I have been focusing on lately is how awesome it is to have a big sister.  I am the youngest in my family and I have an older brother and an older sister and I have to say that even though not every day is a walk in the park with them, I am so blessed to have them in my life.  My sister has been so supportive of me and my journey these past couple of years and I don’t think she knows how much of an impact she has made in my life.  She is honestly my “ride or die” pal.  Sometimes, when she is distracted by something or we are in the car together, I look at her and think to myself how amazing it is to have a friend who is also your sister.  I have learned that the relationships in your family are more important than those outside of it.  I just wanted to say that I love her and that I love the adventures we go on, even if they are to Walmart or even Walgreens lol.

Well, I am going to go play some Harvest Moon on my epic Gamecube now! (I’m such a nerd).

May God bless and watch over YOU always! ❤

-Jen

WOO HOO 2016

First post of 2016!

Happy New Year! I hope your first day of 2016 was a great one 🙂

I am so excited for this new year!!! Not only will I be meeting the one and only Justin Bieber, but I am looking forward to a healthier, more productive, me!

Tomorrow I plan on passing out my resumes around town and hopefully land myself a job within the next few weeks! I am ready to start earning my own income and be able to help my family out wherever they let me.

I am also hoping to read more books for pleasure and create more sketches.

Another exciting tidbit is that I bought myself some ice skates with a giftcard that I received from Christmas.  I am hoping to start lessons up again in the future once my educational path is covered.

I am ready for this year. I can do this.  YOU can do this. YOU got this! I believe in YOU.

May God Bless and Watch Over YOU always ❤

-Jen