Goodbye 2013. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out…

Mads and me at Trail of Lights

Mads and me at Trail of Lights

Poor 2013. I’ve been a little unfair to it recently.

Luke and Mads at Turkey Trot

Luke and Mads at Turkey Trot

I mentioned to Luke and Madeline that I was glad that 2013 was coming to an end — that it had sucked. But in truth, that isn’t fair. It’s not even true if I really sit down and think about it.

Sure — professionally it was really hard. There was a point in the past year (more like 3 or 4 months) when I was really concerned and I felt like I was fighting a losing battle. And true, personally there have been some really tough points the past year as well.

But there has also be a lot of really great stuff. No — AWESOME stuff.

2013 Highlights

  • Luke turned 7!
  • Madeline turned 3!
  • I figured out what I want to be when I grow up
  • Luke is reading
  • Madeline

But really, there’s so much more. Standing here on the last day of 2013, I feel like a new person — a totally different person to the one who stood here on the first day of the year. I have learned so much about myself and my family. And though all of the pain points, I learned what is most important to me and what I am working for: Luke and Mads. They’re the best.

Luke at Trail of Lights

Luke at Trail of Lights

I’ve started doing an exercise every night to check in with myself. I write down 5 things I’m grateful for that day. Sometimes the things vary, but often times the kids end up on that list.

I’m so grateful for life and my kids. So maybe 2013 didn’t suck that bad after all. I still have all of them.