Hello again! 2017 is here! It seems like just yesterday my parents were nervous about the big 2000 and whatever crazy thing was supposed to happen on New Year’s Eve that night. 😉 They seemed very concerned till they were out at a party having some fun, then they went back to their normal selves and realized they were being silly.
I feel like it’s only right to write a blog post reflecting on 2016 and then putting together some goals/inspiration for 2017. Guess what?! I’m not going to do that. To be honest, I don’t have time. I know excuses, excuses, blah, blah, blah… Ok, here is my quick reflection on 2016. 2016 felt like a whirl wind of the most amazing things ever. My husband and I packed more into 2016 than I could have ever imagined! We built a house, got a cute, stubborn little puppy, got engaged, got married, took fun trips with our friends/family and had an amazing honeymoon (I’ve been dreaming of going back ever since), and got pregnant SURPRISE (no seriously big, huge surprise to us)! Oh and I also started a new job in February as well. I think I will always look back on 2016 as one of my favorite years.
Not everything was super happy in 2016. My dad went in for a preventative procedure and ended up having a stroke. He is in the process of rehabbing. With his fighting spirit, love for life, his family and friends, I know he is going to be great. When I’m stressed out (lack of sleep and pregnancy hormones don’t help), I can get swept up in a negativity spiral pretty fast. I have my moments where I’m like this is not good and I think of all the reasons why. I’ve learned that this is OK, as long as I put a time limit on it and I don’t let myself live there.
Also, my little wiener (dog) has had five procedures and was diagnosed with cancer. Poor little thing. She is running around happy as can be with a little cone on her head though. We will change up her diet soon to help with the cancer and I’m sure she will be good for a few more years at least. She is 12.
One thing I’ve learned is that no matter what, EVERYTHING WILL BE OK. Why? Because it has to be. One second life is so happy and amazing and you can’t believe that such great things are happening and then the next second it feels like you’ve lost your air, your chest is tight and you’re left wondering WTF. There is something bittersweet in every moment and if you pay attention, all these times, it helps you to grow and become more grateful about the little everyday moments we all take for granted.
I wouldn’t change getting married on the porch at the house I grew up in for anything, just like I wouldn’t change being able to put a wet rag on my dad’s forehead as he is laying in the hospital bed looking up at me with helpless eyes. He did the same for me when I was a little girl and wasn’t feeling good. Life is bittersweet and beautiful all at the same time. If we remember to be grateful and always choose love, that is all that matters. I hope that you have a 2017 full of adventure and you’re able to find love, even in the surprises that hurt the most. <3