I don’t make resolutions, but I do like to reflect on past successes and failures and, come January 1, tell myself ‘I will never do that again’, or ‘I will definitely do that more often’.
As I get older, I am learning so much about myself that I never took time to notice before. I have discovered that as eager as I am to get things done, I have a lot of patience.
2014 was the year for letting go, hanging on and slowing down to enjoy each and every moment. I won’t go into too much detail, but if you follow me on Instagram you can pretty much get a handle of what has transpired over the last few years in our lives. And, if you are a parent, I am sure you know what I mean when I say, letting go and hanging on…it seems like this is all we do from the moment our kids are born.
I think the most powerful and rewarding moment of 2014 was watching my kids hand out glow sticks to other (much younger) kids while watching the fireworks at Disney. It wasn’t that long ago when we were first there…the kids were so mesmerized by the magic of the parks and I would find myself in tears at every fireworks display. We would close our eyes and make silent wishes for our future as we watched Tinker Bell fly across the sky with the incredible fireworks display illuminating the sky as well as all our hopes and dreams. Never could I have imagined that 10 years later, it would be my kids that would bring me to tears at those fireworks. It is moments like that that you realize that all your hopes and dreams have come true.
I have reflected on the power of patience over the past year. There are so many dreams that I had for my life starting with finding and marrying the man of my dreams – which I did! We will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this year. I remember telling him that if he wanted to travel the world, live in the country, and have 6 kids, then he was the man for me! He agreed to all those and I will tell you how they all came true…in their own time!
We were able to foster 2 beautiful boys, we had the pleasure of helping a very special young teen over the last year and we grew closer to our nieces and nephews – so if you look at it that way, we were blessed with more than 6 kids in our lives! We did move to the country about 8 years ago – back home and loving it! And, the final dream, that was over 20 years in the making will come true this year – a trip with the family to Europe. It’s been 24 years since I backpacked through Europe and I am excited to see and do it all again, with my family (hopefully with real beds to sleep on this time:)
Patience is power. Keep dreaming and remember that life is a beautiful gift and sometimes it doesn’t turn out exactly how you planned – it turns out better – just give it time to catch up to you!
On that final note about patience – our oven hasn’t worked for over 2 weeks, which I don’t mind as I love the crock pot! But, I was just about to call the appliance repair person but I thought I would give it one more try – I turned it on and imagine, it works!
Until next time:)