2012 was a pretty interesting year. We dealt with unemployment, new employment, unemployment, new employment, death and craziness. Through it all we came out unscathed and ready to conquer 2013: which has already proven to be a pretty crazy year. I had one of the best New Year’s Eve this year and it didn’t involve a hangover. We had a family game night with my family: siblings and parents. It was nice to do it because my brother is moving away to California and who knew when we would all get together.
This week was the first time in 3 months that my stress level FINALLY evened out. Between, work, holidays and my parents health it has been insane from mid-October until now. It is the craziest feeling to go from 100 miles per hour back down to the school zone. I am trying to enjoy it while it lasts. At least I finally have time to reflect. Usually January is the slowest and most painful month of the year but this January has gone by very quickly. Maybe the holidays didn’t leave a scar like it usually does.
We only dealt with family members who have been actively involved in our lives and what a difference it made. We didn’t have to pretend and it sure makes things a lot nicer. Part of our growth through 2012 was to do a lot of soul searching. How we got her, what we believe and what we want to achieve. It can be both sad but liberating when you decide to move on and not care.
A couple of things the holidays did teach me.
1. Never take things for granted.
2. Attitude of gratitude.
3. Less is more.
4. If you are going to send an email under the guise of ‘reaching out to say hello’, make sure you have you
facts straight before you go on to give life coaching advice.
5. If you dump a Christmas present in my driveway instead of walking to the front porch, it is more offensive
than no gift at all. Even my paper boy makes it close to the porch.