Oh, 2016. You were the best year yet but I’m also happy to say goodbye.
We said “see you later” to a beloved family member in January. I enjoyed two ladies trips in the spring, first with my mom and grandma and then with my mom and sister. We sold our first home and moved into our “forever” home in May. Our little moon child, Zoey, surprised us three weeks early in June. We then celebrated a family wedding in July. From there it was full speed ahead on the transition into parenthood. I went back to work with a full heart and tired eyes. And just when we thought we had it all together, I had a major surgery. We rounded out the year fighting my bedrest, but my husband is beyond what I could ever dream for and he took care of me and Zoey like the amazing man he is.
This year will forever be the year my life changed forever, for the better. My heart has never been more full. So I reflect on 2016 and wonder … where do I go from here?
This year my new year’s resolutions come in the form of themes. (Switching it up from my 2016 resolutions of one thing to start and one thing to stop.) I want to refocus on three things: faith, family and my health.
I grew up in a family of faith. We went to church and attended Sunday School every week. I was involved in youth group and church events, going to retreats and participating in service opportunities. We all experienced the major milestones at our church: Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation. Since going on my own, weekly church services have not been on my agenda. We attend on holidays and the occasional Sunday, but that’s the extent of our physical relationship with a church. We baptized Zoey at the end of the year, and the love and community that came with that experience really pushed me to wanting to reignite my faith on a deeper level. I want to officially join our church, get involved, and teach my baby girl about God’s love just as my parents did.
My family will always come first. Zoey is growing and developing by the second, and I don’t want to miss a thing. I want to prioritize family over everything and really home in on enjoying life with my husband and Zoey as well as our immediate/extended families. No matter how big or small, there’s no better time to make memories. Some of my fondest memories were the littlest moments.
I want to get healthy again. After a year of pregnancy, postpartum blues and a major surgery, I am in desperate need of focusing on my mental, emotional and physical health. As soon as I have the “all-clear” to return to normal activity, I hope to get back to the gym/yoga studio, meal planning, and focusing on my overall well being. When I feel strong and healthy physically, I feel strong and healthy everywhere else too.
So while 2016 has been one of the best yet, I’m also ready to see it go. There’s something about a fresh start that really revs me up. As they always say, “the best is yet to come.” See you soon, 2017!