2014 was quite the year, no? It was for me! Between Brooke turning from infant to toddler, finding out B2 is on HIS way, getting stronger and more confident at CrossFit, learning what good nutrition can do for my body, and celebrating 4 years of marriage, 2014 was not one to be forgotten!
2015 has a lot to live up to, but I have a feeling it is going to be a most wonderful year. B2 will arrive very soon after we turn our 2015 calendars and I totally cannot believe we will soon be a family of four. It boggles my mind, but in the best way.
2015 will also be much, much different than previous years, in that I’m going to be staying at home with the kiddos. Which is completely new territory for me. So there is a lot of unknown that I am going into, but trying to stay glass-half-full about it 🙂
Here was my ‘things I learned in 2013‘ post that I just re-read and so much of that still rings true.
What I learned in 2014:
1. Kids. Kids are amazing. They are hard, difficult, fun, awesome, amazing, trying, and so many other things. They are just kids. Brooke is incredible. She has taught me more in the 19 months she’s been here than I ever could have imagined.
I know B2 will be the same
2. Family. Family comes first. Always. 100% of the time. Sometimes family is family. Other times, it’s friends who are family. Regardless of how you look at ‘family’, they always come first. My family (actual and extended – friends) mean the absolute world to me and I would drop anything for them, any time. This might not be something I learned over the past year, but I am learning who is family and who isn’t 🙂 (does that make sense?? I’m pregnant and tired, I don’t have to make sense.)
*edited to add – I could not have picked a better husband or father for Brooke and B2. Robert amazes me every day with how caring, understanding, patient, and loving he is. Brooke has him wrapped around every finger and toe she has, and nothing could make me happier. He’s my best friend and the most amazing husband ever. End of my mushy edit 🙂
3. Body & Mind. It hasn’t ceased to amaze me yet all that I’ve learned I am capable of. I can do an hour long, intense workout on few hours of sleep. I can have the most stressful of days and still be able to laugh. I can be utterly exhausted, but still happy. I can get snappy and spiteful but still be grateful. Everyone can do all of these things, but I’ve recently learned that doing all of these things is OKAY. It’s okay to not always have a great day, or to be a little snappy on a bad day, or to just give in and laugh about it all. There aren’t standards in life that anyone else has set for me, I set my own standards, and my standard is just to be happy however I can.
4. Pleasing. In 2014, one big thing I learned, or learned more (?) is that you just simply cannot please everyone. Typically, when one person gets what they want, someone else doesn’t. It is just how it is. It sucks and I wish I could make everyone happy, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. It isn’t for a lack of trying.
5. Friends. I have the best friends in the history of friends. Seriously. It’s as easy as that. <3
So, with that said, here are some goals for 2015. Some will be much easier than others:
1. Bring a healthy baby boy into our lives – given everything goes as planned, this will happen very soon 🙂
2. Establish a routine with baby boy and Brooke – I’m hoping to be able to establish some sort of routine with B2 in a couple of weeks while we keep Brooke in daycare, and then once Brooke is home too, figuring out how to keep myself sane and the 2 of them occupied! This is going to be one of the hard ones, and one that I don’t figure I’ll ever actually ‘figure out’ considering as soon as I figure something out now, it changes. Funny how kids do that to you.
3. Stick to our household budget – Since we are going down to one income, we definitely need to be more mindful of what we spend and cut down anywhere we can. We’ll get more creative in the kitchen for sure, use coupons, and anything else that makes it a bit easier.
4. CrossFit – after the 4-6 week break after having B2, I plan to get back to the gym, and while I’ll take it slow at first, I have some big goals I want to hit in 2015, like getting a strict pull up, a 175lb back squat, getting comfortable with handstands, 10 unbroken chest-to-deck pushups, 230lb deadlift, and much more!
5. Be – Just be. Live in the moment. I’ve historically spent a lot of time worrying about something in the past or something in the future for no reason at all. I want to be present. Not only for me, but for Robert, my kids, family, and friends. I think I’m my best me when I’m focused on the now, and that is what I will strive to do in 2015.
I hope you all have had a wonderful 2014 and I wish you ALL the best that 2015 has to offer! Thank you all so much for checking in with me over the years, you are the greatest!