December 29, 2011

2011: The Year In Review

I've taken a little break from the techie/social/blogging world over the past few weeks and frankly, I recommend it to everyone. Yes, the holidays have been busy and yes, I've been sick for several weeks and all of those factors have played into my lack of attention to my social world. I confess that I am often consumed by social media and it was nice to take a little break from it all.

What can I say about 2011. There have been a lot of ups but also a lot of downs. I find myself relieved that it is over.

The UPS: 
  • My son is getting older, smarter, funnier and just when I think it isn't possible to love him any more, I find my heart completely consumed by him. 
  • There have been amazing weddings for my sister-in-law and one of my best friends. 
  • Babies have been born and I now have a new niece and nephew whom I love immensely. 
  • Some friendships have changed, others have flourished. 
  • Work has been busy and I have been able to work on exciting things in my field. 
  • I lost 20lbs this year and weigh the same as I did when I got married 6 years ago.
  • I learned to love RUNNING (WTH??)
The Downs:
  • Even though I lost 20 lbs I still have 40 to go to make it to goal. I expected to lose so much more this year. Yes, there were factors that were out of my control; however, I am in control of my own fate. Sometimes making lifetime at WeightWatchers feels like an insurmountable goal. 
  • A friendship changed. I'm pretty sure there is no way of changing it back. I don't understand why and it makes me insanely sad. 
  • I completely lost my ability to have another child. 
  • Christmas Eve. I have no idea how a day that is usually so iconic, fun and wonderful could turn into such a perfect disaster. I am still wrought with anxiety over it and am having a hard time of letting go that it wasn't a perfect day this year. All I can do is let it go and hope that 2012 holidays are better.
The lessons I have learned:
  • You can plan things as meticulously as you want, but at the end of the day you have to be open to change, accept that things won't be perfect and let that be okay.
  • Not to dwell on things you can't change. Accept things as they are and make the very best of them. 
  • A child makes everything magical. With every day I watch him grow, I know he completes me in every way. I. AM. SO. BLESSED. 
  • Not to take my career so seriously. Let's face it. At the end of the day, it is a means to an end and gives me the ability to do what I want for the people that matter to me most: my family. 
  • I am innately different now that I am a mom. I go to bed early. Drinking and partying isn't as much fun when you don't have the time or ability to recover from it with a greasy breakfast and a 4 hour afternoon nap. 
  • Not to give up. For the first time ever, I stuck with a New Years Resolution. I may not have met my weight loss goal; however, I have made drastic healthy lifestyle changes that will benefit me forever.

Here are some 2011 photo highlights:

So, goodbye 2011.

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