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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. :)

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Comment by Carissa Galow on August 21, 2010 at 8:01pm
Operating While Intoxicated, ugh...not proud of that. Thanks for the comment, you don't know how much your words mean to me. <3
Comment by wiffledust on August 21, 2010 at 6:08pm
i've been wondering where you were and if you're ok. forgive my ignorance, but what is an OWI fine? you are a VERY brave young woman. i am amazed not only at what you go through , but how you come out of it using your creativity to its fullest. you will help other people this way, carissa. and that's what it's all about. love to you.

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