• Jill O. Patrick


In remembrance of loved ones and friends.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Just as I have in many years past, I reflect and frequently give thanks for the things that are or have occurred during the course of a given year.

I give thanks to God for His love and direction. I am blessed for the family members, friends, my church, neighborhood and work communities in which I am a part. I am especially pleased with my decision to get baptized again this year. On Sunday, November 21, 2021, along with several other adults and children, I was dipped into the holy waters. The decision and day would be a culmination of factors including recognition of my spiritual growth, rejuvenation and moving forward refreshed in my daily walk.

Respectively, I am not a person who regularly makes or commits to resolutions as I enter into the new year. However, as 2021 entered, still heavily affected by the effects of a global pandemic, I did set a few goals for myself, one of which was to continue riding my bicycle.

When given a bicycle by my husband two years ago, there were many times when I would ride along with the unofficial "Bicycle Crew." The crew consists of a group of guys in the neighborhood, including my husband, who rides their bicycles together a few mornings each week (weather permitting); sometimes over twenty miles, WHEW!!!!!

Due to my work schedule, there were times when I could ride along with the guys, and other times when I'd ride alone, often after work. Donning my safety gear and on occasion taking along my tripod to record short videos or take photographs. I'd often capture what can easily be described as lovely days with big, juicy clouds filling the sky in abundance.

In addition to feeling physically healthy this year, I was also experiencing inner spiritual joy. This past June I traveled to Virginia for a women's conference. Deciding to take the four-to-five-hour drive alone, this would lead to an opportunity I had been hoping for, a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). En route to Virginia, I continued on until I safely reached Washington, D.C. Unable to get into the museum on that rainy day, I was patiently given the steps to secure entrance the following day.

Throughout this year, I was fortunate enough to visit places such as: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel the Exhibition, Romare Bearden Park, the Immersive Van GOGH Exhibition, The Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition, the site of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad sculpture. I also visited Hilton Head, Florida, Georgia, Asheville and Tryon, North Carolina (birthplace and childhood home of legendary singer and activist, Dr. Nina Simon).

Roaming around the Sunflower Fields all the while celebrating birthdays and accomplishments of family and friends, were indeed other interesting things I've done in year two thousand twenty-one.

These activities and more are chronicles and explorations from a woman who has learned to live her life to the fullest, one day at a time. She finds delight in traveling, teaching, blogging, writing, shopping, theater, photography, making TikTok videos, volunteering and visiting mountains and waterfalls. She is creative, caring and tries to bring a smile to the faces of others whenever she can. #SheIsMe

Thank you for your support of my blog for the past three years.

I wish you love, joy and peace in 2022.

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