Full Circle. Looking Through My Rearview Mirror.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my mother’s passing from pancreatic cancer. She was 51. I was 22; I am the oldest of three. My youngest sibling was still in high school meaning he had to complete his senior year without her. I couldn’t even imagine. And that was only one facet of losing her. The hardest part was knowing and seeing my dad, sister, and brother in immense pain. It is still something to this day I wish I could take away from them.

Ten years ago, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 my life changed forever.

Eight years ago, on another memorial day weekend, my life changed for the better when I met my husband AJ.

Finding the right balance between the highest of highs and the lowest of lows has been a challenge. It has taken a LONG time and a LOT OF WORK. Today I am the best version of myself. I am well in mind, body, and soul and I am so excited for the direction of my life. I did not get to this place of peace, self-control, and motivation alone.

I am my mother’s first born, an incredibly fierce, confident, and strong individual. Why wouldn’t she be? Glorie didn’t put all of that work into me for nothing; she continues to be my warrior today. I have learned so much about my faith, living life, love, and relationships beyond the grave over the past decade. My family members are my inspiration; they continue on everyday. I will always have a why and a reason to keep growing stronger. I love you mom and I miss you like crazy. Thank you for everything.

It’s The Road That Makes The Ride.

Best wishes to you, dear reader, on your journey toward balance, self-control, mental wellness, and living your life to the fullest. I know I am because that is what my mom would have wanted.

May God bless you from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet.

- Tara Allmendinger


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