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Hello 2013! Wow.

Our New Years Day trip to the tubing park.

Our New Years Day trip to the tubing park.

new years day, my babycakes

It has been a year since I decided to put myself out into cyberspace attempting to find out what the heck I am doing…

Flashback to one year ago, an excerpt from my very first blog post:

“Again… What am I doing here?

For the past year I have struggled with my purpose. What is it? What am I supposed to be doing? I have always felt that I was put on this planet with a voice and with a purpose that I am going to influence a lot of people, help people, and make lives better. The only problem is that I don’t know how.

This past holiday season, my brother and his wife came to visit. Cindy is the most amazing woman and the thing that I admire most about her (amongst many other things!) is that she knows what she is meant to do. I have done countless questionnaires, watched Oprah for years, explored spirituality through reading self-help books, asked the question and somehow, so far, I don’t have the answer.

Where is it going to come from?

Is God going to tell me? And if so, how will I know it is him? Is it going to come in my dreams? So for now, I am just going to spout off about it and hope that through my exploration the divine will happen- that is I will figure it out.

As I am talking with Cindy, I say “I want to share a story, but I don’t have a good or interesting story to tell”. Her response went something along these lines “You do have a story to tell- you have every mother’s story to tell. You are a mother who has put your career, your dreams, your passion (whatever that may be… tbd) on hold for your family; your husband, your children”.

I guess that is totally true…

How often do I get to read about the average mother who doesn’t overcome the extraordinary, survive a horrific trauma (thank goodness I don’t have that story to tell), or have some amazing creative DIY talent, but just lives every day trying to figure out how to raise healthy children, not let herself go and in the process find what she was put on this planet to do.

That’s what I am going to do! Thank you Cindy; for inspiring me to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and realize that I do have a story to tell.”

Rather than make a bunch of New Years Resolutions ( that I probably wouldn’t keep), I thought I would spend a few minutes reflecting on the last year and the lessons that I have learned along the way.

Top 5 Lessons Learned:

1. I will never get my laundry under control and that is ok.

2. Instead of spending a bunch of time trying to figure out what I should be doing, enjoy what I am doing.

3. Time is precious, so precious.

4. No matter what my hardships are, I am healthy, and that is the most important thing.

5. There is no time but right now to do the things that will take care of me.  Putting myself on the back burner not only is a disservice to me, but to my family as well.  I will feed my mind, my spirit, my body in the best way I know how to be the best mother, wife and daughter.

Pretty heavy huh?  But so true.

Thank you, my readers,  for coming on this journey with me, those of you that started with me from the beginning and those of you that have joined along the way.

I am looking forward to many more epiphanies ( that happens to be my favorite word, btw!), and many more opportunities to share random information with you.

What were your top lessons learned in 2012?