Monday was my 41st birthday. Many times I was asked, as we all are on our birthdays, “how does it feel to be another year older?” The canned answer given was “no different.” And that is mostly true. However, aside from “feelings” I can honestly say that I AM different. The past few years have not been kind to me in many areas. Some were my fault, many were not. But through these struggles, I have been incrementally changing in fundamental ways. It’s not in the easy times that we grow, its in the tough times that force us to re-examine our attitudes and propel us toward inner change. And so, I’ve learned how better to deal with the curve balls that are thrown my way. And I have a renewed sense of purpose that has been lacking for a while. At my core, my heartfelt desire is to be used by God to bless others, to love my family in a way that they feel that love in their inner most being, and leave that legacy of love and servant leadership behind me where ever I am. Many good changes are up ahead this year, and my time in the valley are what has prepared me for it. It’s so easy to dwell on the negative, but I am choosing each day to focus on my blessings in life and those far outweigh the bad things. So, here’s to being 41: A new year, a new chapter, and I’m so blessed beyond what I deserve. I’m thankful for each day I have and intend to make the most of it! I’m beyond grateful for my amazing kids, my family, friends, and loved ones. Here’s my big public praise to God for all He has done in my life!