Master Kid Cuddle

In life we make big and small choices, from what sandwich we are going to get for dinner to swipping left or right on tinder, to picking a career path. There are lots of little things that affect the plan that is meant for us.

I am a Christian, so I believe God has a plan for each of us. With that said, “letting go and letting God” is a lot easier said than done sometimes.

In 4 days I am graduating from grad school. This is something I NEVER thought I would accomplish. Now, academic success is apart of who I am.

I am a Master of Social Work.

When I came out to LA 2 years ago, I felt so far away from being a everything I knew, including feeling far from academia; but I knew I came to grad school to get an education and find myself. With the 2 years here under my belt, this is what I found:

  • I am a survivor of south central.
  • I can beat learning disabilities and stick a huge middle finger in the air to all the people out there who think kids with 504s and IEPs will never “make it.”
  • I am TERRIBLE at having any sort of long distance love life and AMAZING at keeping in touch with friends and family.
  • I can finish a half marathon and still want to participate in races.
  • I still love flowers, letters, fireworks and crayons.
  • I am resourceful and can solve big problems for not just other people, but also myself.
  • Latin music not only burns calories, but makes my smile bigger every time it’s on.
  • Being far away from people you love during a hardship whether it be sickness or death, is harder than anything in the whole world, but creating a support system where I was kept me strong for myself and the people I was far from.
  • Making deep friendships doesn’t take years, it’s as easy as sitting next to a stranger on a school bench.
  • Concerts sound, wine and cheese taste, and exercise is easier, OUTSIDE.
  • I can do pretty much anything alone and sometimes, it’s even better that way.
  • People love nice people. That’s it. Being helpful and having a smile has continued to make life better for me too.
  • My parents really wouldn’t cut off my arm if I got a tattoo…praise god.
  • I learned that the system is so broken for the people that don’t have any other option than be a part of it and kids in the nicest neighborhoods have some of the biggest problems out there. EVERYONE NEEDS LOVE and I can be the person to love them.
  • I am not a pro kickball player, but am strong teammate when it comes to drinking games; therefore am a valuable member of social intramural teams.
  • That no matter where I am, I am in control of how much fun I am having…so why not make every day better than the last.
  • Most of all, even thousands of miles from home, I am a Texan, true and true.

  With all that said, the learning about myself will never be done *le sigh, but this chapter of “finding kidcuddle” is closing.

Like I said, I am a Texan through and through and it’s time for me to head home for an incredible job opportunity and new life in Houston, that I am excited to experience with old and new friends.

The last 2 years of my life have been 2 of the best and the hardest. I am so thankful for every single experience I had, every hand I shook, every little hug I got from my kids I worked with, every laugh I had with amazing new friends and every piece of knowledge I gained from everyone I encountered. I will miss them, with my whole heart, but like I said before, it’s pretty hard to get rid of me once you have touched my life….so get ready for postcards, visits, and long phone calls.

See you in July Tejas!


2 thoughts on “Master Kid Cuddle

  1. we are so proud of you and have loved living the experience with you through the blog. On to the next chapter!

  2. Could not be more proud of you, your adventures and the lessons you are learning along the way.

    Sent from my iPhone

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