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So as many of you have read/heard, though some of you have not heard, I was recently in jail for an old unpaid OWI fine. Let me tell you, it was one heck of an experience. I learned A LOT while there. I also met some really cool people too. Though, I'd say that the overall experience was NOT a fun one. I was able to spend a lot of time thinking and able to put much into perspective. I realized more than ever just how much I took for granted before. I also got a lot closer to God. My relationship with Him was lukewarm. Since I have been home, I have been so happy with the little things. I have also been praying daily and keeping close to Him. Because of my renewed relationship with the Lord and my renewed respect and appreciation for the little things in life, which by the way aren't so little when you think about it, I am a lot happier than I used to be. I could complain about lack of money, needing a job, wanting a b/f, etc...I could, but I won't. Life could be A LOT worse, A LOT...it has been. I do have a home, one I was able to save...thanks to Grandma. I have my own bed to sleep in again, privacy to shower....and when it comes to that, I have shampoo, a razor to shave with, decent soap, a brush for my long and snarly hair, a good toothbrush, good toothpaste, etc. I love being able to change my clothes daily, do laundry when needed, eat decent food, see my son, see my friends, and oh my....just seeing OUTSIDE...the sun, flowers, trees, animals, people enjoying the weather....even seeing the lightning and the rain. There are so many things I complained about, so many things I took for granted. Being in jail was an amazing eye opener! And while I came home to some major blows to my life, I know deep down that things can and have been getting better. On Monday, I can go to the DMV to get my license back. I won't have to be paranoid anymore and/or stuck at home. After the Group Dynamic course I have to take, it will stay valid. :) I have been appyling like crazy to jobs, I am optimistic that I will find one soon. My son is home, perhaps driving me a little insane ha ha, but I am happy he's here. One of the hardest things about being in jail was being away from my son. I got what fix I could by looking at other people's pictures. Though after seeing them, I'd feel even sadder. Being away from him and others I love was so hard. And like I said, there was much I took for granted...but not anymore. And, I vowed while there to live differently when I got home. I'm 31 and my priorities need to be different....and they are now. If people can't understand that, then they're not my friends. But, most of you have been nothing but supportive. And, thank you for the words of encouragement and the belief you have in me. I love you. I hope you all know that, that you're never left doubting it. <3 <3 I will be posting poetry soon and perhaps a sneak peek at the book I'm writing about my experiences. :)\uap style="text-align: left;">

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Comment by Carissa Galow on August 22, 2010 at 3:05pm
Awww, thanks Lisa. You rock too! :)
Comment by Jodie Ann Christiansen on August 22, 2010 at 2:18pm
Carissa, you rock! thanks for sharing
Comment by Carissa Galow on August 22, 2010 at 1:15pm
Thank you so much Lillian :) <3
Comment by Lillian Gaffney on August 22, 2010 at 12:48pm
Dear Carissa,
I am so sorry that you had to experience this rude awakening and at the same time, I'm glad your okay. My prayer is that you continue on your path of enlightenment. It takes courage to put yourself out there the way you did. You are a brave woman. May all the angels rally around you as you move in the direction of your hopes and dreams. Blessings, L.
Comment by Carissa Galow on August 22, 2010 at 12:29pm
Thanks so much Stephen!
Comment by Ericka Gray on August 22, 2010 at 11:38am
Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Stephen P. Foster on August 22, 2010 at 10:58am
Hi Carissa. I'm Stephen and I've been in jail before... but as a nurse/psych nurse. One thing is for certain, some people learn from their consequences and others do not. You sound like a person who is going to take this "mistake" and turn it into a "lesson." This speaks very well of you. Changing whatever you need to change to become the person you want to become is difficult but important. If you ever need to talk, let me know. Blessings, Stephen
Comment by Carissa Galow on August 21, 2010 at 11:41pm
Yeah, I sure did the time alright....it was just what I needed to be straightened out. And, thinking about those I have lost to drunk driving accidents...and my own experience with being pulled over, arrested, not paying the fine...so ending up in jail....it's called learning my lesson the hard way and trust me, I learned....yeah, drinking & driving isn't something I will do again and I do strongly encourage those I love NOT to do it anymore either....no matter how okay they swear they are....it's just not cool. It wasn't cool all those times I did it. Luckily, no one was ever hurt....but God got to me before I ever could hurt anyone or myself. Thank you for the comments, ladies! Much love & God bless Lisa & Faith! <3
Comment by Faith Phillips on August 21, 2010 at 9:29pm
Every one of us have made poor choices here and there, it's just that very few have the courage to talk about them. I feel privileged that you shared your experience, and i'm looking forward to reading more of your work! Many blessings and love to you.
Comment by wiffledust on August 21, 2010 at 9:05pm
hey you did the time. alot of rich folks walk away. you took it. and not only don't you want to do it again, you don't want others to do it either. turning all bad things into good, spinning straw into gold....keep focused forward!!!!! xxxxx

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