It’s almost 2013, and for the last couple of weeks I’ve been reflecting on the past year, and thinking about some of my hopes and goals for the next year.
Have you ever gone through a phase where it feels like you’re being faced with one obstacle after another? I went through a phase like that between ages 14-18, and then again recently, between 27 and 33. That last one was a long one.
2012 started off as a rough year. My husband was very busy traveling far away for work. Our dear friend and daycare provider passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly, and money was just as tight as it had been for 10 years.
We were feeling oppressed and over it. I got to a point where my only choices (if I wanted to enjoy life at all) were those which allowed me to do what made me happy. Sometimes that meant ending relationships. Other times it meant facing my demons. There were a lot of tears as I said goodbye to everything which didn’t serve me and my family.
Now, I can look back at 2012 and say that it was one of the best years of my life, second only to 1997, the year I met and fell in love with my husband (who is amazing, and took a giant leap of courage in changing jobs in June, resulting in a much more peaceful life for us).
What I’ve learned after breaking out of those rough phases, is that they’re happening for a reason, there’s some important lessons that need to be learned, and they all pretty much revolve around the same theme, that we need to love ourselves more. We need to remember to put ourselves and our families first. We need to remember to set some difficult goals, and challenge ourselves to woman or man up, and carry them out.
The feelings of self-satisfaction and pride which result, are enough to fuel us through those difficult times, and launch us into a peaceful future.
I’m psyched for 2013, but intend to take things a little slow, continuing to go through the steps which will lead me towards my goals for my business and my personal life.
I am so happy to have had this blog to chronicle all that I’ve learned throughout the last year, and to have you all to share it with me.
Wishing you the very best in life in 2013!