The last couple of years sure have been a roller coaster – married in 2013 but still having a long distance relationship, quitting my job and moving to Canada in 2014, buying a house, getting pregnant and starting a new job at a flower shop in 2015 – I can only imagine what 2016 will bring! Come April, our littlest new addition will be born and it truly does feel right around the corner, as if there will never be enough time in the world to finish everything that needs to be done and do all the things we want to do before permanently changing from a family of two to a family of three.
When I begin to feel anxious (which is more often than I would like to admit lately), reading these quotes always puts the situation in perspective and it becomes easier to remember what really matters. It’s important to not let stuff like maternity leave, loans, house renovations, baby showers and weight gain get me down and crowd out the gratitude in my heart for this sweet baby and for our blessings.
That’s why this year’s word is C A L M. It’s not an inherent trait for me but I feel a new sense of determination to be a calm and supportive wife, a calm and loving mother, a calm and trustworthy friend, a calm and thoughtful daughter. I would like us to provide a calm environment for our child, and I would like us to learn how to react more calmly to stressful situations so that we can 1) set a good example and 2) sleep better at night instead of worrying.
Aside from setting monthly goals and writing endless to-do lists in my planner, my only real resolution this year is to see my parents every other month in 2016. Not spending enough time with loved ones definitely contributes to my anxiety, especially during this stage of life. I’m excited to see everyone more often, starting with next weekend’s quick trip to Charlotte, NC!
I’ve read that it’s normal to feel this way during your pregnancy. Taking stock, evaluating everything, nesting, etc. I just have to try my best.
And I am really, really looking forward to what will no doubt be our most challenging… but happiest!… year yet :)