I’m not a fan of New Year Resolutions. Though I love New Beginnings. For me, it’s a time of reflection, a time to take a long hard look at what/who is weighing me down, and what/who is lifting me up. But most of all it is a time, though not the only time throughout the year, where I can really appreciate all of the people that have made this year one of growth, learning, and happiness for me.
My husband, with whom I celebrated another year of marriage and companionship, is by far on the top of my list of people to be grateful for. He’s the reason you even know me. He is my strongest supporter, my dearest friend, and really just an all around awesome guy. He and my kids have made this year a really, really fun one.
Oh man, my kids. Ok. Well. Love them. A lot. The 12 year old flourished this year. Somehow managed to be taller than me. The 3 and 4 year old. Pure terror. Yup. Others say that they are not. But they are. They have however, also gotten smarter, more articulate. This year they both learned to go potty and drink successfully out of normal cups and glasses and have learned to not run around like wild monkeys at restaurants. Happy and healthy, they make for awesome tax deductions and great stories, and quite a fun and interesting life.
My friends…wow. How blessed am I to have made such amazing new friendships this year. What’s even more amazing is that a lot of those friendships are with girls/women/chicks…and to boot, other Moms. Because honestly, I have not always been the mom/chick/women/girl’s friend type of person…but maybe, now, I kinda sorta am…or better yet, maybe there are way more cooler moms/chicks/women/girl’s out there than I ever noticed before…and they want to be friends with me…which makes me feel special. And the dads/guys/dudes…well, for some amazing reason, they’re all hot…and funny, and smart, and down to earth…which means that at any given moment, I could be surrounded by a bunch of really hot dads/guys/dudes…kinda like in high school. What girl doesn’t like that deal?
My blog. Wow. Biggie. Still amazed that people read it…and super flattered that they keep coming back for more. Thanks. Really. It’s an awesome ride and I am glad you are joining me on it. To all who read it, connect with me through it, and want to work with me because of it: Thank you! You have really made this year surreal and incredible for us!
Last, but certainly not least, my home, my town, NYC. What can I say that I haven’t already? I love you. You make me feel the most grounded I’ve ever been in my life. I love everything about you…even when I don’t. People are always asking me why and how a family as large as mine doesn’t just move to the burbs, where life promises to be easier and better and less expensive…and yeah, it’s tempting at times. But you are who I am…and where I belong.
So here it is, another new year. I hope that you find content in who you have been and the life you lead enough to not want to change too much next year, but I also wish you happiness, health, and much success in the many things you’ve yet to accomplish. May any unaccomplished dreams, or developed new ones find their way into your reality this year and may your days be full of Adventures!