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What a difference a year makes.

TGIF!  It’s been a long week and I’m definitely ready for the weekend.  This meme pretty much sums up the week for me:

what doesnt kill you

First of all, I wanted to say thank you to all of the love and support we have received after my post about Kayla’s health situation.  I had a long talk with Kayla yesterday and now that she has had time to process everything, she seems like she’s in a good place mentally and that makes this mama feel better as well!  She has an appointment with the infertility clinic next week and is ready to find out what her options are.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about how this year has started off on such a different note than last year.  Although I’ve been stressed and anxious about Kayla, in other areas, I feel like I’m in such a better mindset than I was this time last year.  This time last year, I wanted to quit my job.  I was so miserable.  I felt alone, isolated, bored and frustrated.  However, over the course of 2018, I moved into a different office space and became part of a team which has become my work family.  They are fun and supportive people and now I’m excited about my job again and feel like I have a purpose when I get up in the mornings.  It’s amazing how much the people around you at work can make such a difference in your happiness and satisfaction level!

This time last year, I had resolved to make some changes around our home, such as decluttering, redecorating, etc.  NOTHING got accomplished.  Yet so far in 2019, my husband and I have decluttered a couple of rooms, our main floor bathroom has a new makeover, and the dining room has a fresh coat of paint.  I’m not sure what’s different this year and what’s given us this surge of energy, but if this pace keeps up, we could have all of our projects completed by spring!

So far in January, I’m saying yes to more things that are fun.  Yes to hanging out more with friends; yes to taking local community art classes.  This time of year can be tough, as the weather is cold and it’s so easy to be a hermit.  But socializing and learning new things can definitely keep the winter blues at bay.

Finally, one of the things I did when we gave the bathroom a makeover was to put away the scale.  I made the decision to accept and love my body right now, not when it finally reaches whatever magic weight or size I had imagined for myself.  I am healthy and fit and I’m happy and truly, isn’t that the most important thing?

I hope that your year is off to a good start.  I’d love to hear in the comments how things are different for you now than they were one year ago.

May your glass always be full,



2 thoughts on “What a difference a year makes.

  1. I was in the same spot at work as you. I wanted to quit my job. I was so miserable. I felt alone, isolated, bored and frustrated. However, last January I moved into a different office space. I am still doing the same work, but being away from my old team helped so much. I found out I have Hashimoto’s & a slow functioning thyroid has made weight loss impossible but in July I started thyroid meds. It has helped but not with the weight gain yet. But I am hopeful. We finally had our kitchen remodel this summer. I wanted this for years. I am fit, but not at a weight I am comfortable at. It is my plan for this year to get to my goal. I need to work on being happy though. You’re right being happy is the most important thing

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    1. Paula, focus on being kind to yourself, nourish your body and soul with good things. The side effect will be weight loss – it might be slow, but it will happen! A remodeled kitchen sounds perfect for preparing lots of yummy, healthy, nourishing food! I’m so glad that you were able to find a better team to work with; it truly makes such a big difference!
      Wishing you lots of health and happiness!


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