Good Afternoon everyone! So we are just shy of 11 hours left in 2018. Man what a year it’s been right? Full of challenges, full of joy and full of … Well, all of you have your own “Insert this comment here” that you can fill that in with. My lovely Janet and I have been to some really great places, we’ve weathered some challenging times together and we are so very blessed to be moving into a new home at the end of January! It’s been some time since I’ve written so I didn’t want to leave the year without at least some type of 2018 “Sign off” (Ok Santos so why did you call your latest entry “Year of the Penguin”?)
I called my last entry of the year “Year of the Penguin” due to my lovely Janet and I. Once an Emperor Penguin finds his mate, they are with them for life. The male scours the land (Beach usually) for the most perfect “pebble” to give his mate. He’s sometimes gone for days at a time until he finds that perfect stone to present his female companion that says “you’re the one, you are my mate forever” After all, Penguins are always better together. :o)
When I asked my lovely Janet to marry me, I sent her this picture first:
We immediately called her engagement ring “Her pebble” It was over from there. From that point on it’s been “Penguin this and penguin that” or when we are sad or having a tough day “Penguins are always better together” We even sat and watched “The March of the Penguins” on Netflix! Yeah, you guessed it… It was “Meep meep” this and “meep meep” that. Penguins have become a fun and happy part of our life.
I cannot think of two people in this life that are more meant for each other. It was love at first sight and she literally had me at “I know you” (Yes, that’s what did for me folks. I crumbled instantly.) We’ve seen some really joyful and amazing times and conversely we’ve seen some times that we’ve had to pull together in sheer strength and love. We are strong, we are bold, we are driven and we are passionate not only for each other but for life in general. She looked at me the other night with those gorgeous green eyes of hers and said “This is gonna be our year baby” I can tell you that I instantly went to mush. That’s another reason that I’m calling this post “The Year of the Penguin”; we are so determined in all that we do and take it fiercely personal when we have obstacles that stand in our way. Nonetheless, we persevere regardless. She’s an amazing woman and is my 80% when I’m feeling 20%.
(Ok Santos, so WHY, for the love of all that is holy are you still calling this post, “The Year of the Penguin???)
Folks, make this YOUR year! Yeah, I get it… That’s cliche and hoke and all that. But, can you say that it’s NOT true? It’s only false if you don’t take action. Are all your problems going to be solved by reading my blog or any blog for that matter? Fuck no! YOU have to be responsible for taking that first step towards what YOU want out of life and MAKE it your #1 Priority! If you fall down, get back up. If you fall down and get scuffed up, get back up, wipe yourself off and aggressively stare into adversity and say “What else ya got?” Pain is a part of life as is struggle. But you know what’s GREAT about pain and struggle during your journey? When you’re at the finish line looking at all your scars that you’ve gotten along the way and knowing YOU DID IT! You beat whatever it was trying to drag you down… Sickness, finances, work, insert adversity here______________.
You HAVE to do the PREP
You HAVE to do the WORK
You CANNOT quit when it gets hard (and it will get fucking hard)
Ride out the STORM
Put in the BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
Emerge… VICTORIOUS, STRONGER, HEALTHIER, WISER and a better HUMAN BEING because of it!!
A tribute to my lovely Janet Mae…
Honey, you are an amazing, lovely, beautiful, strong and intelligent woman. A lady in every sense of the word. I want to thank you for an amazing year of teaching me things that I never knew, for loving me when I was not capable of loving myself, for believing in me when I couldn’t even get out of bed some days and for loving me so very fiercely. To say that I am the luckiest man alive would be the understatement of a lifetime. I will dedicate the rest of my life to showing you every single day how much I love you and how much of an incredible woman you are. My life is so very rich and joyful because of you. I love you with my whole heart (My Vega, My Princess, Mi Amorcita) and you will ALWAYS be my Penguin. Because… “Penguins are ALWAYS better TOGETHER”
Folks, it’s time. YOUR time. You can be great or you can be mediocre. You MUST decide which one you want.
Janet and I already bought our tickets to a very fast moving train; we’ve got first class seats to life and DO NOT intend on getting off at stops that will hinder our plans. However, we will entertain stops all day long that will enrich and warm our lives together. We hope to see you at some of those stops. One step at a time.
Happy New Year to each and everyone of you. From our happy home to yours. Until next time and until next year.