From '10 to '11

I learned a lot this past year. Some of the lessons were easier to learn than others but I think after looking back at 2010 it is fair to say I picked up a few important things along the way.

That being said, I am totally okay with sending it packing. I am happy it is over and feel positive facing 2011. It wasn’t a bad year but one that forced me to look at things differently than I ever have before. It was difficult to do but the life lessons were plenty.

Things I learned or things that happened to me in 2010:

1.    I make me happy. My mood is my own and how much I let others influence it is also up to me.
2.    Mom guilt is real and it sucks.
3.    My husband got a new job. It is still a job (and work is not generally fun) but it allowed him to feel good again. For that reason alone, I love that job.
4.    Loving where you live can be more important than loving everything about the house you are living in at the moment. It can also motivate you to turn that house into a home you love. We are doing just that.
5.    Two of my sisters got married and I was lucky enough to gain a brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Both are blessings.
6.     I joined a Boot Camp class and get up at 4:30am to workout. I told myself I would do it so I could be healthy for my kids and I am. It sucks but I get my butt up for them (and my skinny jeans...)
7.    Loving someone and treating them with love and respect are two different things. They are both hard to do.
8.    My kids amaze me. Every. Single. Day. I am so proud to be their Mom.
9.     You can’t pick your family but that doesn’t mean you need to like them, agree with them or allow them to mistreat you. Chances are at some point you will feel this way about every family member you have – and they will feel the same way about you.
10. I have the greatest friends. I feel bad for people who don’t have friends like mine.

I rang in 2011 at home with Jason and my boys. It was perfect and Jason & I realized this was our 12th new year’s eve together. Being married is hard work, but that man makes me want to be better at it.

I have big plans for 2011 and can’t wait to get started. Happy New Year!

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