Thursday, April 30, 2015

It's a New Day

Quite a bit has happened over the past couple of months and I do need to catch up here.  I'll address some things in parts, but in a nutshell the first couple months of the new year I was in a place where I truly found happiness and I devoted a lot of my time and focus and energy on this with the desire of seeing it becoming something lasting.  Unfortunately, the decision wasn't up to me in the end and I ended up getting hit with yet another personal storm and heartbreak.. but.. I found that I had grown much stronger on an interior level and was able to weather this much, much better than the period I went through in the fall of 2014.

I never wanted it to end, but I did learn that I could find happiness and sunshine again, and going forward I am set on finding an even brighter day.  I have had an outpouring of encouragement, support, and love shown to me by a great many during this time, so many who had been thrilled to see what had happened the first couple months of the year.  I intend to give them all reason to be thrilled once more.  :)

I still had kept myself on course with my training in martial arts and fitness, as well as playing guitar and writing.  All of that accelerated even more during March and April, and on April 26th I had the first professional photos taken of me in over a year.  This photo session with Eric and Kylie Jude of Frozen Creek Studios was truly remarkable and I feel really captured and reflected the path I have taken during the past year.

I have commented about the things I've embraced that help me keep focus and get through tough times, and all of that was reflected in the photos.  As you will see below, the photos do reflect the progress of the past year... clearly the outer change shows, but the outer change also reflects the inner growth too.

I hope this shows a guy who has remained resilient, and who has fought his way forward despite some truly heartbreaking experiences.  In that way, I hope it encourages others who are enduring personal storms that it is possible to get through the dark times and keep growing and developing stronger.

I'll be chiming in on the blog here much more, on a number of things.  But let's start with some positives that taken as a whole reflect a New Day.  ;)


Jenni Ray said...

I'm so inspired by your story. Having been fortunate enough to have known you before this moment of unveiling has been a true blessing. I know that your story will touch hearts and change lives.

sgzimmer said...

@Jenni Ray Thank you! :) It's been quite a challenging road but I'm here to say you can keep moving forward at the least.

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Moving forward despite the bumps and ditches and hurdles is an awesome thing. :)

sgzimmer said...

@Terry W. Ervin II Thank you so much and great to hear from you! Hope you can make it to Imaginarium this year. There's a slot for you if you can! :)

Erin Nance said...

Absolutley beautiful pics that show how wonderful, brave, and the power you posess to be who you desire to be......since you certainly one determined thing! Lol
It is inspiring to see how you have made it through some difficult times over the last year and you always continue to trek on with determination and not allowing the hardships hold you back!

sgzimmer said...

@Erin Nance Thank you. Definitely not an easy road for sure, but I'm giving it my all.