Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Time For Change

It's hard to get to really know someone online.  I mean, we learn about their families, their likes and dislikes but unless they are truly transparent and talk about every single aspect of their life, there is so much we don't know about each other.  I don't agree with putting every single thing out there because there are just some things that need to be kept private. 

There are a ton of things about me and my family that are unknown to others, even our closest friends.  Don't worry, I'm not using this post as a way to air out all  my dirty laundry or deepest, darkest secrets.  That would be absurd.  My point is, I could go on and on to fill you in on why the next year is going to be a year of changes for me and my family. 

This past year has been hard.  Really hard.  There have been moments when I wasn't sure I could mentally or emotionally handle everything anymore.  I know that life is tough and life is what you make of it but dangit, it was a hard year.  Even now, I look back and I think that the past year has been full of changes, struggles, some great times and just, lots of struggles. 

We are all healthy and for the most part, happy so I can't complain too much but of all the years of marriage, parenthood, employment and just life in general, this past one would be the one to break me. 

I know I keep repeating myself and I'm being annoyingly vague but I am saying all this to say that 2014 is going to bring about positive changes.  My husband and I have weathered some storms together and I think that we have dug out from the worst of it.  :knocking on wood: Some days we are so strong and I know we can get through anything and other days I wonder how the hell we are going to make it.  When it comes to the nitty gritty of it, he is my rock and we really do make a great team.

Financially, again, the past year was one of the top 3 worst years of our lives.  We are doing better and are trying to take the right steps to become even better.  We hope to improve in this area by any means possible.  We have cut back on so much already, I don't think there is any possibility of cutting back anymore. 

Healthwise, we are on the right track.  I am getting the kids to be more active and I have been working hard to get in shape and ensure that I can keep up with the kids.  In this department, this was the most gratifying thing for me.  I reached a goal I have wanted to reach for a long time, I am a regular runner and I am stronger than ever before. I am so happy that I decided to finally go for my goals and work hard for them.  I do still need to work on better eating, healthier dinners and snacks.  I am trying to menu plan again so that I can have a clear plan to go off of. It makes it so much easier to ensure that the kids are eating from the different food groups and that the meals are made from scratch and healthier than the processed foods we are used to.  Thank goodness we all like fruits and veggies!

Doing Good for Others, throughout the year, there has been times that we have had to ask for help. It is never easy, it is probably one of the worst feelings to know that you aren't able to do it on your own. That you cannot provide for your family in the way that you are supposed to and want to.  However, I have learned that it is much better to ask than to go without.  Our kids deserve better and we are going to be sure to give back every chance we get.  We do give to charities and organizations when we can but I have a special place in my heart for certain ones that have been there for us.  We will pay it forward when we can. 

I am going to continue to work on myself.  Believe me, there is a lot of work to be done.  I am determined to reach some more goals and become the person I know I can be.  The next year is going to be amazing. 

What are you planning for in the next year?  Do you write down your goals?  Are there areas of your life that need improvement? 

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