Happy New Year!
We were a happy little group last night as we rung in the New Year. 2013 has been good to all of us and the optimism in the room was infectious. For me 2013 has been a year of growth and fresh perspectives. I’ve formed new friendships online and developed deeper amities with women I’ve known offline. I am happier and more comfortable with my role as a mother and thankful to be surrounded by people who are always just a phone call away. We live so far away from home and we miss it. But we’ve been lucky to have found other people who also live so far away from home and who also miss it. This missing home business has fostered the kind of togetherness that only living in a foreign country can.
We’ve been lucky enough to have some great trips with Gia this year and to share with her the excitement of planning a journey, the joy of getting there and the daydreaming after that leads to more trips.
2013 has also been the year of babies. Ones that have arrived and the ones that are “in the oven”. I am thankful for so much joy all around me. It’s always fun to watch how fast the little ones grow and have the mommies read my blog and say “I know, exactly what you are talking about!” or “It felt like, you were in my shoes.”
And that is what this year has been for me. It’s been about empathy and about a deeper understanding of those around me. It’s been about travel and seeing the world through fresh eyes- both mine and my baby’s. And it’s been about growing up- Gia is not a baby anymore and it is the most bittersweet thing I have ever experienced.
So as I look back and move forward- I do it with gratitude in my heart. A deep gratitude- for the two most important people in my life who make me want to be a better person, for my mom and dad who teach me that the only kind of love worth giving is the unconditional kind and for all the wonderful women in my life. The ones that are near and the one that is far (you know who you are) no part of me could ever be sane without you! And to you for reading.
Let’s go 2014. Bring it on!
So here are my mommy resolutions for the year, I just have the two:
Learn to breathe and let go, especially when my daughter invents games like climbing over mountains and destroying them. The “mountains” = piles of folded laundry.
Yell a little less, especially when “the mountains” have toppled and have turned into a pond in which my daughter is now swimming, while yelling “Help, I don’t know how to swimming.”
P.S: I wrote this blog post on the 1st of January, but just didn’t get around to posting it. As I read it one last time before I hit publish I find myself chuckling because I’ve already broken both my resolutions- twice!