For a while there, we seemed to have something massive happen every year – we got married in 2006, went to Europe for 3 weeks and moved to the other side of the world in 2007, had a baby in 2008, took a month-long holiday to the States in 2009, my dad died in 2010…it was a busy few years to say the least.
I am thankful 2011 has been relatively uneventful (knock on wood, as I know it’s not over yet!). It’s sort of been nice to not have anything major happen. A bit boring, but still “nice”. 2012 has the potential for massive upheaval. And that’s all I can or will say at this point in time. Within the next couple of months we should know just how much of an upheaval I’m talking about. Or, it could turn out to be another quiet, boring year. Anything and everything is possible. And while I’m not much of a “new years resolutions” type of person, I have been thinking a lot about January 1. About 2012. About a new start. What is important to me? What do I want to happen, and how will I make it so?
What have I done too much of, or not enough of, this year that has shaped the person I am?
I’m going to have some soul searching to do over the next couple of weeks, so I’m scouring the net and blogs looking for motivational and inspiration quotes, questions, insights. I’ll definitely be hooking up with Deb at Home Life Simplified for her 52 Week Challenge.
I’ll also be playing along, in January, with Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim for her January Photography Challenge (yes, I took a pic of my computer screen, click on it, it’s linked to Fat Mum Slim!).
I also desperately need to sit down and think about what things I want for my marriage, and my role as a wife, for my relationship with my son and my role as a mother, for my friendships, which ones are true, invaluable, which ones are superficial and past their prime, and most importantly, what things I want for my health and happiness.
Sounds like I’ve got a busy week ahead of me, thinking about all this stuff. Best I get Christmas dinner for 11 adults and 1 child out of the way, first! I am thankful to be surrounded by family at this time of year and refuse to let the stress of such a large dinner party get to me. The food will all fall in to place, but being together is the most important thing. I’m also thankful for the ever-growing web (excuse the pun) of amazing blogging women who give me things to laugh about, cry about and think about every day. It’s so great to connect with women all over the world who have walked in my shoes, or who empathise and encourage each other. I’m really looking forward to 2012.