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Annie's Online Journal...2
September 18, 2002

Follow Your Destiny, Wherever It Leads You

There comes a time in your life when you realize that if you stand still, you will remain at this point forever. You realize that if you fall and stay down, life will pass you buy. Life's circumstances are not always what you might wish them to be. The pattern of life does not necessarily go as you plan. Beyond any understanding, you may at times be led in different directions that you never imagined, dreamed, or designed. Yet if you had never put any effort into choosing a path, or tried to carry out your dream, then perhaps you would have no direction at all. Rather than wondering about or questioning the direction your life has taken, accept the fact that there is a path before you now. Shake off the "Why's" and "What if's," and rid yourself of confusion. Whatever was____ is in the past. Whatever is ____ is what's important. The past is a brief reflection. The future is yet to be realized. Today is here. Walk your path one step at a time___ with courage, faith, and determination. Keep your head up, and cast your dreams to the stars. Soon your steps will become firm and your footing will be solid again. A path that you never imagined will become the most comfortable direction you could have ever hoped to follow. Keep your belief in yourself and walk into your new journey. You will find it magnificent, spectacular, and beyond your wildest imaginings.

I never thought that my journey to a healthier me would take me to California to film an informercial.  That wasn't even in my thoughts last October..but today it is very much a reality.  I leave in two days and it is exciting, and such an honor.
The gifts of support, friendship, and compassion from strangers(now friends)has been mind boggling.  I am so grateful for the chance to be able to thank all who have helped me IN PERSON!!!.
 Even though I am nervous about the shoot, I remind myself that if  sharing my story on tv will help one other overweight individual to find a thinner, happier self, then it is worth the stress. I still don't know what I am gonna wear or say....YIKES!  
    Seeing that infomercial last year gave me a ray of hope it allowed me to believe  that my situation could be helped......yes,. a flicker of hope was ignited, as there before me was a reasonable plan, that would be customized to me.... if others could do this, I knew I could.
  I realize we are all human, with our own faults and fears, and no one is perfect.  This journey at times has been a struggle..some days I lost the struggle, but the days that I won the struggle certainly outnumbered those tough days. 
I am really on a mission this week to get things  done.. need to square away  some things at work, so my office will flow smoothly while I am away. I need to pack and plan what to bring.. I need to make sure my 17 yo daughter is safe and accounted for during our absence(my hubby is coming with me).
Most of all I need to pause, relax and be thankful of my world.... The rewards of this journey have been numerous.  Thank You Michael Thurmond....