Lately, I have been feeling like I am on a long road to nowhere. I have had more bad days than good and one would never know because I continue to smile through it all. I put on my favorite lip sheen, my fly outfit and fake it until I am behind closed doors. I feel my best when I am at home in my bed, underneath the covers. It seems as though I have a black cloud hovering over me right now. I try my best to continue to repeat my mantra: "And this too shall pass" but it seems as though it hasn't been working lately. As I struggle through these feelings I am having, I will continue to have FAITH that this is my TEST from HIM! Even though I know that HE will never put more on me than I can bear, I PRAY TO HIM THAT THE LOAD I AM CARRYING that is breaking my back, be slowly lifted. I am STRONG, FEARLESS and have a HEART OF GOLD so through it all I WILL SMILE. A friend of mine text me yesterday and said these words to me: "YOU ARE FAVOR! CONTINUE TO BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS, BECAUSE YOU ARE BLESSED!" When I read this, I got a little emotional I must admit, I don't know why but I did. I open my heart always and at times, I feel like it is taken for granted, but the text message made me realize that I can not stop being who I am because of what others do to me. I know that these small issues that I am having are preparing me for a bigger future with greater rewards. I may not understand fully, but what I know for sure is that "TROUBLES DON'T LAST ALWAYS"! With that being said, I will continue to put my best foot forward and strut my way down this long road that is ahead of me. I WILL conquer all of my problems without worrying about the past and preparing myself for the FUTURE!