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The Invisible Woman no more

The Invisible Woman no more The Invisible Woman no more

Never gonna keep me down, still the one that’s standing now!

As I was thinking about this column and what it would be about, Legendary by Skillet was playing on the radio. That seemed like a sign to me, especially when I saw a memory I shared on Facebook: you are your only limit.

Since this is the last paper of the decade, which is crazy to me, I started thinking about the last 10 years. To my utter astonishment, 10 years ago means 2000, and it took a while for it to sink in that it’s been 20 years, since the famous Y2K was due to strike and never even flickered a light bulb.

That really made me do some thinking. What happened over the actual last 10 years? Honestly, the first three years are a blur and don’t even seem real, like the memories belong to someone else.

In a way, they do. See, for those of you who didn’t know me before, I am completely different than I was seven years ago.

Some people wanna turn and run, but the strong rise under the gun.

After a rough personal patch, I changed who I was and sometimes, it’s hard to remember how I felt, what I did and who I was. I went from invisible to widely-known. Before, I almost always felt as though I was the Invisible Woman. People just didn’t remember me. I guess I was just too unremarkable and meek at the time, to make any sort of real impression.

My job status has also changed a bit.

At the start of 2010, I worked from home, wiring pinecones to go on Christmas wreaths for a company. (I liked it, I really did, but eventually, with dust, pine scent and mold, my allergies demanded I give it up.) I never even dreamed I would become a reporter/photographer, in a career I love with all my heart.

Now, here I am. I get to see and do amazing things, and meet so many neat people, some who have become life-long friends.

It hasn’t always been rosy going, however. There have been a lot of losses, personal and professional, but I’ve kept on plugging away.

My heart bleeds adrenaline, the fire I breathe is where I live.

It still boggles my mind to see where I was and where I am now. I can’t believe all the things that have happened to me, with more good things happening all the time.

Top, to the top, ain’t never gonna stop.

For me, being successful is a state of mind. Hard work certainly helps, but believing you can achieve anything, really does get you where you need and want to be.

I’m conquering, while I’m alive. I’ll push through the pain, I’ll run for the prize.

When I was sorting through my memories, it was kind of hard for me to remember feeling like I wasn’t good enough or that I would never be anything but invisible. Now, I can’t imagine being anything other than who I am.

I have the confidence to do what I need and the ability to bounce back from disappointments. Nothing will ever keep me down again and no matter what happens in my life, it will still be amazing, because failure is unacceptable.

As I close out this decade, I am proud to see how far I’ve come, but I know I still have a long way to go to accomplish more things I want in this life.

No matter what, I look forward to the journey and the next 10 years. And it’s a fact, I won’t be invisible ever again.

Go down in history, every day I’ll fight to be...Legendary!