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It’s funny where life will lead us some times. At this time last year, I was really trying to get my bearings on life. I was really unsure of who I was and what I wanted. I have always felt that opportunity is always there…you just have to be ready and willing to take it. I spent six months of this year trying to rediscover who I was and what I wanted in life.

After a little over three years, it was time to leave Premier Mentoring. I will always be grateful for what they did for me and all the wonderful people who I met. I still keep in touch with a few of my clients that came into the program and really appreciate the learning that I did there.

So after a few months of running through my savings and doing a few consulting jobs, my dream opportunity presented itself…campaign manager for Liz Muniz in House District 33. It really was the situation that I had been waiting for, and wanting for several years. I was seriously involved with the Democratic Party many years ago, but left to raise my family and then never went back to it. I am so grateful for the many wonderful people I have met and have been so supportive. I plan on making the most of my new opportunity, and to help grow the Democratic Party in Utah.

I have under gone a complete makeover. New haircut, new clothes, and really a new attitude. Thank you Jennifer Imes for that and so much more. Also to Auretha Callison for help and advice.

On the really bad side, my dear friend Nan Chatwin lost her battle with cancer at the beginning of the month. She was truly my best friend. I feel lost at times without being able to talk to her. But, I am so happy that she is free of pain. She suffered so much, and as much as I miss her, I am glad that she is free. I have so many wonderful things and memories of her, so she will always have a special place in my heart.

So many people have made a positive influence on my life this year. It would take me forever to name them all. A special thanks to all at the Utah State Democratic Headquarters, you all were so kind. And also to all of those I met on the campaign trail…a big thank you.

To the Gonzales family…all of you…you are the family I haven’t had in a very long time and I will never forget how much you have done for me. You have my undying affection, respect, and loyalty.

I am very optimistic about the new year. I feel like everything that I have worked for will be mine.

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I am a nerd! I say that proudly. This weekend, I really had the chance to get my nerd on. It started Saturday with going downtown to see an art exhibit at the Salt Lake City Library. At the same time, they were having an outdoor celebration in the courtyard promoting buying local products. As part of this, the local comic book store was celebrating “free comic book day”. I scored a Green Lantern and my friend Nan gave me her Spiderman. What a great score!

After that, we headed to an exhibit of John Lennon’s art work and hand-written lyrics. Now I am a huge John Lennon fan, always have been. This was such a thrill for me! To see the lyrics written by him of some of the best songs in history was really a thrill! An experience I won’t ever forget! Thank you Nan for dragging me out!

Later that night, I had the opportunity to watch the Mayweather/Cotto fight. Was a great time! I was disgusted by the presence of Justin Bieber in the ring…but that’s my issue! LOL.

So Sunday I ended my Nerd Weekend with a trip to see “The Avengers”. What a great movie! I really recommend it to everyone! Marvel Films is doing a great job with their franchises. It was great to see Stan Lee make his usual cameo also. A treat for all nerds!

Courage and Belief

Posted: December 30, 2011 in Courage, Nan Chatwin, Personal
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I want to give a brief story and update on the bravest person I know. Her name is Nan Chatwin. Nan was diagnosed with liver cancer. She was given six months to live…the doctor told her that the longest anyone had survived was 10 months. That was two years ago. This week…she was told that the tumors had shrunk enough that she can be off chemo for a few months. Also, they are looking at other alternatives for her because she has done so well.

This hasn’t been easy for her. She has endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy and the side effects that go with it.  She has seen her hair come and go. She has endured the drugs and chemicals changing her body. She has seen her white blood count so low that she couldn’t even have her treatments…let alone fight off infection.

Through all of this she has shown compassion and sympathy for others. She allows me to bitch about how bad I am feeling and never complains about what she goes through. She is quick to be positive and never give up.

I hope that when I grow up I can be as brave and positive as her.